BEST IN SHOW Pet Portraits by Karen Seltzer
Hand painted pet portraits in oil 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! Referencing your favorite photos of your pet, I will capture their essence in a pet portrait to view forever!

From an early age I have been painting. I discovered the joy of finger painting in kindergarten. I was further inspired by my father, who could skillfully draw anything. My focus on fine art and art history would become my life long interest and passion.

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". My work reflects my admiration of artists such as Bonnard, Van Gogh, Monet, Cassatt, Matisse, and Sargent to more contemporary artists, Hockney, Fish, and Bartlett. 

I received my Master of Fine Arts degree 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 from your photos, not only of pets:  cats, dogs, horses, but 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 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!"  Diane E., San Francisco, 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

"It's perfect!!!" Beth M., New Orleans, LA

The holidays are coming!
Please place your order early to to ensure that the painting will be completed in time.

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