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Dogster Obsessions: Immortalize Your Dog With a Custom Pet Portrait

Your home isn’t complete without your pup’s particular personality immortalized in art -- here are four amazing artists who can help you get it done.

Janine M. Kahn  |  Aug 31st 2015


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I am obviously biased given the title of our magazine and website, but I strongly feel that a home isn’t complete until you have your pup’s particular personality immortalized in art and grinning at you from its perch on wall or mantelpiece. That said, there is an ungodly amount of tacky dog art out there, so let us steer you toward four pet portrait artists who rise above the rabble.

1. Jo Chambers, Studio Legohead

Custom pet portrait by StudioLegohead.

Custom pet portrait by Studio Legohead.

Jo’s art is pure cheer. She’ll anoint your dog with creamy pastels and florals that pop right off the paper and put a smile on your face every time you enter the room.

$50 to $250; studio-legohead.com

2. Manda Wolfe, Art by Manda

Custom pet portrait by Manda Wolfe.

Custom pet portrait by Manda Wolfe.

If you have a penchant for pop art, Manda Wolfe is your artist. She hand paints your dog’s likeness in a distinct comic style and favors bright backdrops that bring the fun. We love that she is as big a dog freak as we are — she fosters, and sometimes foster fails. Well, who hasn’t?!

$65 to $1,300; artbymanda.com

3. Jennifer Davis

Custom pet portraits by Jennifer Davis.

Custom pet portraits by Jennifer Davis.

Jennifer’s distinct blend of color, pattern, and mood has made her one of my favorite artists to watch (and, I have to confess, collect from). The fact that you can get this artist’s sensibilities laser focused on your pet is nothing short of remarkable.

$125 to $500; jenniferdavisart.com

4. Carter Kustera

Custom pet portrait by Carter Kustera.

Custom pet portrait by Carter Kustera.

Carter’s portrait art has been featured everywhere from U2’s Pop Mart Tour to Jonathan Adler stores for a reason. It’s quirky, fun, and wonderfully irreverent. If your pup has a tagline, this is the place to make it official.

$110 to $400; carterkustera.com

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About the author: Janine Kahn is the Executive Editorial Director for the digital arm of Lumina Media, Dogster’s parent company. She was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Dogster.com and Catster. com. Follow her and her Italian Greyhound, Mr. Moxie, on Instagram.