Painting With Ashes: Personal Pet Memorials

Pet Memorial painting, dog memorial art with ashes

Pet Memorials

I’m often asked about pet memorials. For me and the people I work with, pets are family. We need closure when they go on without us.

As a pet portrait artist I get to talk with some of the best pet owners, and (if I’m lucky) meet their amazing pets! Either in person or digitally. I know when you have a companion who’s spent their whole life with you, bringing in new curiosity, attention and joy every day, it’s only natural to want to celebrate that bond with some sort of memorial.

I’ve done pet memorial rocks, memorial portrait paintings for cats, dogs and horses, and I’ve created very personalized memorial objects with the pet’s ashes painted into the final piece.

Pet Memorial Paintings

I’m always amazed and grateful to see how people support one another through the loss of a pet.

Requests come in from people looking for their own pet memorials, but also from amazing friends who want to give a pet memorial gift to a grieving friend or family member.

With pet memorial pieces, I like to take longer than with other pet portraits so my clients can have more time to reflect on what they want to feature most. I’ve posted a breakdown on the process here.

Paintings make great memorials, and great pet memorial gifts, because you can get a great image without having to have taken the perfect photo. Sometimes pet loss is completely out of the blue, and it’s too late to get the perfect portrait on camera.

With paintings, that’s OK. I often work from a bunch of different images to get the final painting just right.

Painting Pet Memorials with Ashes

This pet memorial for Smokie the Dachshund was painted using his ashes, which his owners mailed to me at my studio.

By mixing his ashes into the paint and onto the canvas, this dog memorial painting became a physical representation as well as a visual one. His owners can keep Smokie present in their lives and their home.

Memorial Portrait of "Tiger", painted with his Ashes

Adding ashes to a pet memorial isn’t something I charge extra for. It’s just a way to make a pet memorial more personal, and to keep memories of the four-legged friends who have touched our lives safe and present.

I love that my clients are people who extend their family to include their pets, who have let their lives be touched by the incredible companionship animals have to offer.

If you have a pet you’d like to commemorate, get in touch!
I can be reached by email at [email protected]

Or feel free to take a look through some of my other Dog Portraits, Cat Portraits, and Pet Portraits.

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