SouthPawPaintings

Custom Pet Portraits • Oil Paintings • Prints

Pennsylvania, United States · 150 Sales

SouthPawPaintings

Custom Pet Portraits • Oil Paintings • Prints

Pennsylvania, United States 150 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   ATTENTION: Due to a large wait list, orders placed now will not be started until after the New Year. Please be sure to message me before purchasing regarding any timeline you may have to make sure it's do-able. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Visit SouthPawPaintings.com. Welcome to South Paw Custom Pet Paintings! Artist Heather Hughes specializes in lifelike, one-of-a-kind oil portraits of your beloved dog or cat from photos.

Memorialize your beloved pet in a beautiful work of art! My oil paintings are hand drawn and painted on canvas with dedication and attention to detail, providing you with a wonderful way to treasure your 4-legged friend forever. Deck out your own home with a hand-crafted painting, or give an amazing gift to the pet lovers in your life to cherish and enjoy.

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Last updated on Nov 9, 2015

ATTENTION: Due to a large wait list, orders placed now will not be started until after the New Year. Please be sure to message me before purchasing regarding any timeline you may have to make sure it's do-able. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Visit SouthPawPaintings.com. Welcome to South Paw Custom Pet Paintings! Artist Heather Hughes specializes in lifelike, one-of-a-kind oil portraits of your beloved dog or cat from photos.

Memorialize your beloved pet in a beautiful work of art! My oil paintings are hand drawn and painted on canvas with dedication and attention to detail, providing you with a wonderful way to treasure your 4-legged friend forever. Deck out your own home with a hand-crafted painting, or give an amazing gift to the pet lovers in your life to cherish and enjoy.

Heather Hughes

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Heather Hughes

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ABOUT ME: www.etsy.com/shop/SouthPawPaintings/About
GALLERY: SouthPawPaintings.com
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/HeatherHughesArt
OTHER ETSY SITE: www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherHughesDesign

• 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 husband Chris, pup Bailey, and son Jackson (due June 2015!)
• 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 150 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, 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). NEW TO THE FAMILY - expecting out baby boy Jackson in June 2015!

"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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  • Heather Hughes

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Painter

    Commercial artist by day, fine artist by night; graduated from Towson Univ. with a BA in Graphic Design; Art Director at US Lacrosse; pro-bono designer for local shelters; live in PA with my husband, pup Bailey and son Jackson, due June 2015!

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Last updated on May 22, 2015
Heather Hughes paints original oil paintings by hand. As an avid dog lover and animal rights advocate, she specializes in custom order pet portraits. She has sold custom orders from coast to coast, and even a few international!
Visit her gallery at southpawpaintings.com

Accepted payment methods

Payment
PayPal and/or mailed checks are preferable forms of payment. If paying by check, please allow extra time for shipping as the check must clear before your painting ships.

For custom-ordered paintings, 100% of payment must be placed down before the painting has begun due to the cost of supplies as well as the time and effort put into each piece.
Shipping
Shipping is always $15.00 to $25.00 anywhere in the continental U.S. If more than one item is bought from my store, then shipping will be FREE!

Your painting will be shipped the following business day once the payment has cleared (unless, of course, it is a commission order). All paintings will ship via USPS and should arrive within a week. If you'd like the painting sooner, please convo me to discuss additional shipping charges.

All paintings are wrapped in bubble wrap and then securely boxed up to guarantee their safe arrival - a tracking number will be provided!
Refunds and Exchanges
No returns on custom ordered paintings. For prints and original paintings, I will accept returns or exchanges within one week of delivery if you are not happy with your purchase. However, you are responsible for the return shipping costs. Once the painting has arrived safely, I will issue you with a refund or exchange.