When Katie Graham was an art university student at the University of North Alabama, someone approached her about generating a portrait of their pet, and her pet portrait side hustle was born.

“I claimed ‘yes,’ and then I just stored carrying out it to make a minor additional cash in college,” Graham explained. “It has been about six years, and I am nevertheless executing pet portraits.”

Graham got her begin in artwork at a young age. Although an desire was normally there, she credits her higher college art trainer for assisting her improve exponentially and encouraging her to go after it in school.

Now, Graham mentioned she paints just about every working day, often in the dwelling studio she and her partner, a ceramic artist, share.

Painting is Graham’s most loved art design, and she said it is the kind of artwork at which she most excels. Frequently, all around Christmastime, she paints pet portraits for fee.

“I article examples of what I do online, usually on Facebook,” she claimed. “People will deliver me a image of their pet or pets, and I build either an oil or watercolor painting.”

Graham said the seasonal job ordinarily addresses the charge of the Christmas gifts that she buys each and every 12 months.

Presently, Graham mentioned she prefers oil painting. When she started out in watercolor and believes each mediums have good attributes, she mentioned that she enjoys the vividness of the shades of oils.

Of the paintings she will exhibit in the forthcoming Pets in Paint clearly show at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, two are watercolors and three are oils.

“My two cats are in there, and my partner has a pet praying mantis I painted,” she mentioned. “I also painted a friend’s horse and an additional friend’s two canine.”

Graham mentioned that she likes portray character, flowers, and skulls in addition to pets, but she explained her assortment of paintings of one of her cats as “insane.” She mentioned the cat is usually the matter of her operate, and she is constantly incorporating to the assortment.

“I am unquestionably an animal lover,” she mentioned. “We have two cats — Significant Cat and Miss Dotty.”

As an animal lover, Graham explained she really likes that the Pets in Paint exhibition is supporting the Colbert County Animal Shelter. Additionally, she thinks it is great that it is a clearly show featuring generally fee-primarily based artists, since she claimed people who do commission perform do not normally get to take part in exhibits.

Graham thinks it is amazing that the Tennessee Valley Arts Association will host a shelter adoption event in conjunction with the Pets in Portrait show.

“My youngest cat, Miss Dotty,” is a shelter animal,” she reported. “The publishing for her created it seem like she was definitely an unlovable cat, but once we introduced her home, she was so affectionate. She is wonderful. Shelter animals definitely have earned a opportunity.”

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