BEST IN SHOW Pet Portraits by  artist Karen Seltzer
Pet Portraits from your photos.
From bow to WOW!!!

Pet Portraits
are hand-painted custom oil paintings from your pet photos by artist Karen Seltzer.

Welcome to my website! Using your favorite photos of your pet, I will capture their essence in a pet portrait to view forever.

Color, light and texture. My work reflects my admiration of paintings by artists such as Bonnard, Van Gogh, Monet, Cassatt, Matisse, Sargent to more contemporary artists, Hockney, Fish, and Bartlett.  From the moment I finger painted in kindergarten, I knew that painting was what I wanted to do.

I received a Master of Fine Arts degree in from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Portrait of Domino the Basenji, oil on canvas.
AKC,museum of the dog

I am a member of the

AKC Museum of the Dog Artists Registry.

My family and I, which includes our Basenji, Domino and Isabella, the cat, live in Indianapolis.

I accept painting commissions using photos of domestic pets: cats, dogs, horses, etc.,also people, gardens, homes, and landscapes.Custom child portrait by Karen Seltzer.

To view examples of other subjects visit:


"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

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

"He Loves it! It looks exactly like the picture. I am so thrilled with how you captured her. Thanks!";  Alexa W., Indianapolis, IN

"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 C.,   Indianapolis, IN

"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

Pet Portrait Galleries
Dog Gallery I
Single or multiple pets, painted on various canvas sizes and backgrounds.