Heather Hughes' Profile

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WEBSITE: SouthPawPaintings.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/HeatherHughesArt

• Full-time Art Director at US Lacrosse in Baltimore
• Bachelor of Arts from Towson University, class of 2009
• Born and raised in rural Maryland
• Live in Pennsylvania with my husband and loveable pup
• Avid animal lover and animal rights activist

"Creation implies self-creation; the making of an aesthetic object implies the generation of the artist."

It all began when my (now) husband Chris bought me an easel. I had told him that I used to love oil painting, but my hobby fell by the wayside as my graphic design career took priority. He must’ve thought it was a great way to get me painting again (… or maybe he thought that if he kept me busy, he’d be able…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 18
  • Joined July 22, 2011

Favorite materials

Oils paints, Graphic Design and Photography

About

WEBSITE: SouthPawPaintings.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/HeatherHughesArt

• Full-time Art Director at US Lacrosse in Baltimore
• Bachelor of Arts from Towson University, class of 2009
• Born and raised in rural Maryland
• Live in Pennsylvania with my husband and loveable pup
• Avid animal lover and animal rights activist

"Creation implies self-creation; the making of an aesthetic object implies the generation of the artist."

It all began when my (now) husband Chris bought me an easel. I had told him that I used to love oil painting, but my hobby fell by the wayside as my graphic design career took priority. He must’ve thought it was a great way to get me painting again (… or maybe he thought that if he kept me busy, he’d be able to have some more time playing video games). As it turns out, he was right on both counts. Over the past couple of years, Chris has had more than enough video game time, and I’ve been painting non-stop.

My focus didn’t begin with pet portraits, but that’s certainly the direction it quickly grew. After a couple weeks of pushing landscapes, a friend saw my work on Facebook and asked if I would be interested in trying to paint her two dogs, Zeke and Bella. I was nervous at first, but to my surprise, it was amazing how easily the paint flowed off of my brush. Once Zeke and Bella hit social media, word spread of my ability to paint animals. Soon, more friends (and their friends, and their friends too) began asking for pet portraits. Once I opened up shop on Etsy and started advertising custom pet portraits, my paintings began to turn up in homes all over the country.

As you may have guessed, I’m pretty infatuated with our 4-legged friends. While I attribute the start of my obsession to the adoption of my dog Bailey, it’s hard not to be obsessed after painting near 100 of them. And though I wish it were my full-time job, I’m not quite there yet.

I received my BA in Graphic Design from Towson University and have spent my entire professional career at US Lacrosse in Baltimore as the Art Director of Marketing. In addition to oil painting, I do freelance design on the side ranging from branding to wedding invitations. I also do a lot of pro-bono work for my favorite local Baltimore shelter, BARCS and my favorite local rescue group, Pitties and Purrs.

I’m a self-taught painter, originally from beautiful Carroll County Maryland (a rural town just about an hour North-East of Baltimore). After college and a couple years of apartment life, my husband and I bought a beautiful home in small-town Stewartstown, Pennsylvania where we live with Bailey, our sweet boxer/pit-bull/beagle/dachshund mix (that’s right… a true mutt).

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to."

Thank you for stopping by and getting to know me. Be sure to check back periodically to see what's new!

Note: If YOU have a photo you'd like turned into a painting, please contact me! I have a pricing guide I can send you and I can make just about any graphic alterations you may want to the photo, thanks to my design background ;)

-Heather Hughes
South Paw Custom Pet Paintings

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