Editor’s note: We invited painter Hannah Passero to write about her work for this week’s edition of Featured Artist.
I started doing animal portraits when I was pregnant with my son. I wanted to paint some cute forest creatures in dapper attire for his nursery. I wanted to continue doing the paintings because they were so much fun to work on.
My brother is the one who mentioned doing the same style of paintings, but of people’s pets, and I ended up getting my first commissioned portrait from a friend of his. From there, word spread and before I knew it, I had a string of portraits lined up to work on. It’s been so much fun and people get really excited about them, which is always a good feeling.
My most interesting subject to work on was a pet tarantula named Lilith. I had yet to do any insect-like paintings, but she was a blast to work on. I didn’t realize that arthropods have such personality!
Each piece is usually inspired by a picture the owner sends me, or sometimes a description of the pet’s personality or a funny story about the pet. For instance, I did one of a pug mix and the owners said her personality was delicate, well-mannered and a bit spoiled, so I thought, “Ok, it would be hilarious to put her in a Victorian dress with lots if jewels!” They loved it! It fit her personality perfectly. Also, sometimes the owner has an idea already of what they would like and we kind of work it out from there, like adding their favorite toy and favorite treat. I have one potential client who wants their mastiff in 80s glam! Haha! It just really depends on the client and the personality of the pet, but I am open to it all.
I take requests and commissions, and you can get ahold of me for any inquiries via email at Shadowfax279@gmail.com.