Beautiful Hand Drawn Graphite Portraits

LA, California
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Announcement    Message me to discuss a Custom Portrait of your pet or home! I’m open to ideas and would love to hear from you!


Last updated on Jan 27, 2021

Message me to discuss a Custom Portrait of your pet or home! I’m open to ideas and would love to hear from you!


Michelle Smith

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About VetLadyArt

Sales 72
On Etsy since 2019

Art is the Center

Awhile back there was an article floating around the interwebs with a beautiful illustration of right brain vs. left brain and a quiz to take to see which was your dominant side. I took the quiz while in the midst of getting started in my veterinary career, which is science and evidence based, primarily. Creativity and intuition come into play often, but for the most part it is methodical, analytical, scientific method - attributes which would be considered "leftist" if one subscribed to the left vs right brain theory.

My result was 51% right and 49% left. I mostly remember this because of the associated picture - the right side of the brain was illustrated with swirling oceans of brilliant colors, the left, black and white hard lines and corners. An over-exaggeration to be sure, but I so wanted my result to give me that push back into art that I so desperately needed. My result confirmed that which is so important in life - balance.

I've been drawing ever since I can remember. Art goes back almost as far for me as my love of animals. Naturally I combined the two, and spent a large portion of my childhood drawing the animals I wanted to have in my life. I drew a thousand horses. I drew what I saw in my backyard. I went through a stage where I was drawing architectural renderings of houses and barns and whole enclaves that I dreamed of owning, to put those thousand horses in. Eventually I began painting. Then, I stopped.

After a several year hiatus in which I didn't draw or paint much at all, I suddenly decided to draw a client's dog as a thank-you for a gift she had given me. And my right brain, which had remained patiently waiting for me for some time, swelled and grew to match my left- analytical doctor brain. Balance had returned.

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  • Michelle Smith

    Owner, Artist

    Hi! My many jobs include working as a veterinarian in general practice, being a mom, cat owner, horse owner, wife, gardener, and artist. Art has been the constant, and has carried me through all of life's many stages.

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  • Giclée Today

    PA, United States

    Giclée Today uses only archival quality papers and inks to make top quality prints and photos.

  • Vervante Publishing

    UT, United States


  • Vistaprint

    United States


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Last updated on Jan 26, 2020


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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Can you draw my dog/cat/horse/guinea pig/bird/donkey/bearded dragon?

Yes! Just convo me with questions or purchase a custom portrait.

Do you draw people?

No! I am no good at drawing people. There are much better artists out there for your human portrait needs!

Can you do bigger sizes?

Yes! I can do up to 11x14”.