Pet Portraits in Oil Pastel
About the Artist

Sarah Theophilus

Network Listings:
Facebook | MySpace

Professional Affiliations:
AKC Museum of the Dog Artists Registry
The League of Animal Artists
The Oil Pastel Society, Signature Member

The Animal World (Cover & Article)
The Oil Spiel
The Shepherd's Dogge
The German Shepherd Quarterly
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Quarterly
Golden Retriever Annual (Artists Eye Feature)
MTV's Cribs Book (Recommended Artist)
Pet Death, by Sandra Helene Straub (Listed Artist)
Unbelievably Good Deals & Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're a Dog, by Darlene Arden (Recommended Artist)

Selected Shows & Honours:
2008 - Transitions - OPS Members Show
2007 - Emerging - OPS Members Show
June 2007 - Oil Pastel Society Artist of the Month
2006 - Versatility - OPS Members Show

Born in the United Kingdom, I moved to Canada as a child and now live in the Pacific Northwest, in Victoria, a beautiful part of the world where the surrounding landscape inspires an affinity with nature. Art has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I sold my first commissioned portrait at the age of sixteen.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts at University, I dabbled in web design, and in the 1990's created a small online gallery to showcase various portraits I had painted as a part-time hobby over the years. As interest in my work grew, art became my focus in life and I was able to make painting a full-time profession. Today, I'm delighted to have portraits hanging in private collections throughout the world. Painting for a living is very much a dream come true, and one for which I am immensely grateful.

I have always had an enduring fascination and love for animals, and been most inspired by the magnificent detail and sensitivity in the paintings of artists such as Carl Brenders & Steven Townsend. After painting all manner of subjects, turning to our faithful companions in the end was a natural choice. I delight in trying to create the texture of soft fur on a flat canvas and bring out an animal's spirit through their eyes...capturing a message they cannot say aloud.

I find living with a pet and sharing a part of my life with them makes everything a little more special, enriches the everyday. I experience this through my clients as well - the love they have for their pets, their excitement in having a custom portrait painted - and I am honoured by their trust in my ability to capture the spirit of their special animal companions. Many of my previous clients have in fact remained friends and kept in touch. It's so rewarding, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. I feel so fortunate being able to do something I love, which can at times help others to deal with their grief over losing a beloved friend.


At the easel

When I created this web site years ago, it was intended as a place for visitors to come and celebrate pets of all kinds. New portraits are always being added, as well as fun extras for pet lovers. It's a way for me to share my appreciation and my love for both animals and art. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. I do hope you enjoy your visit and come back again soon!

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The Creation of a Pet Portrait

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