Pet Portraits
Karen Seltzer

Hand painted pet portraits in oil from your photos.
From bow to ....WOW!!!


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BEST IN SHOW Pet Portraits are hand-painted custom oil paintings, from your pet photos by artist Karen Seltzer.
Welcome to my website! Using your favorite pet photos, I will capture your their essence in a custom pet portrait.
My paintings are a play of light upon color and texture. I can relate to Claude Monet, who said, "Color is my day long obsession joy and torment". I admire painters such as Bonnard, Van Gogh, Monet, Cassatt, Matisse, and Sargent to more contemporary artists, Hockney, Fish, and Bartlett.
My focus on painting, printmaking, and art history would become my life long interest and passion. I received my Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.AKC Museum of the Dog
I am a member of the
AKC Museum of the Dog Artists Registry.

As a true animal lover and supporter of animal advocate groups, I've donated to many pet organizations and animal rescues.
Custom cat portrait from a photo by Karen Seltzer. Oil on canvas

Part of my family includes
Bella the cat and Domino the Basenji. Here are their portraits in oil on canvas.

Custom dog painting by Karen Seltzer using a photo. Oil on canvas.

In addition to pet portraits, I accept painting commissions of other subjects. Visit my website to see samples of paintings that are available for purchase.


"They are AWESOME!!!!!!!  I am, soooooo happy - they just look great. Many, many thanks."  Jane S., Cordillera, CO

"Dear Karen, I was going to follow up with you to let you know how much he LOVES them! I want to give them as gifts to many others because they are sooooo personal and meaningful." Kathy M., Brownsburg, IN 

"Brava, Brava! I'm just over the top as I know my wife will be. The colors of the fur on both "boyz" are just right." Eugene K., New Orleans, LA

"Hi Karen! My husband LOVED the painting! Thanks again for capturing our pups' souls. The portrait is just amazing!", Allie C. "Carmel, IN

"The painting is absolutely spectacular! Thank you so much for creating such a special gift!" Paula P., NC

 "Oh goodness! They are SO incredible! You pick up on so many tiny details that make our animals unique and special to us!! We couldn't possibly love the paintings more than we do!! They are just breathtaking! " Lauren, E. Carmel, IN

 "Excellent work Karen! Heather was surprised at Christmas and loves the painting.  Thank you"  Tobin H., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"Everything turned out wonderful. Thanks again. Awesome Results!", John N. Tampa, FL

"Dear Karen,  my sister Sandra was absolutely speechless when she opened her first dog painting!!!  She said it was the best gift she had ever received!  Thank you again for your amazing talent and speed in getting them to me", Irene G., Slidell, LA

"Just wanted to say thank you for the spectacular paintings of Duecie and Brownie. Their owners love the portraits! Thanks for helping to make their Christmas’s wonderful!!” Molly P., Louisville, KY

"Oh Karen, "These are so cool! Their personalities just come out!", Barb S., Indianapolis, IN

'I just received the portrait you did of Angus. It's absolutely wonderful, I love it! Your talent will help me to remember my companions forever." John G., Washington, DC

"It looks awesome!" Erin C. Pittsburgh, PA

"Thank you so much for the great job. I think the painting is wonderful!" Kelly K., Austin TX

"Beautiful!  I love how you brightened up the colors." Rebecca M., NC

"I love it! Looks amazing!, Susan R., Saratoga, CA

"We just received the pet portrait and it's more beautiful in person", 
Alfred, T, New York, NY

"My wife loves it! She's been driving around with it and showing it to friends and family before we hang it up. Thanks again!"Jon S., Columbus, IN

Pet Portrait Galleries
Dog I
Single or multiple pets painted on various canvas sizes & backgrounds.
    Dog II
Single dogs on a square canvas.

BEST IN SHOW Pet Portraits Custom Dog Paintings