Dog pet portrait miniature painting by Rebecca Luncan
Portrait of Hicks
oil on aluminum
4" x 4"
Dog pet portrait miniature painting by Rebecca Luncan
pet portrait painting of white cat
Shiro
5" x 5"
oil on aluminum
pet portrait painting of white cat
oil Portrait painting miniature of Cat by Rebecca Luncan
Corina
oil on aluminum
2.25" x 2.25"
oil Portrait painting miniature of Cat by Rebecca Luncan
Pet portrait commission painting of French bulldog by Rebecca Luncan
Henry
oil on aluminum
2.25" x 2.25"
Pet portrait commission painting of French bulldog by Rebecca Luncan
Pet Portrait Painting of Wilson the Golden Retriever by Rebecca Luncan
Portrait of Wilson
oil on aluminum
11" x 14"
Pet Portrait Painting of Wilson the Golden Retriever by Rebecca Luncan
Oliver, pet portrait miniature oil painting by Rebecca Luncan
Oliver
oil on copper
2.25"
Oliver, pet portrait miniature oil painting by Rebecca Luncan
Cat pet Portrait oil painting Rebecca Luncan
Leo
Oil on aluminum
6" x 8"
Cat pet Portrait oil painting Rebecca Luncan
Horse portrait painted by Rebecca Luncan.
Shiloh
oil on aluminum
18″ x 12.5"
Horse portrait painted by Rebecca Luncan.
Labradoodle pet portrait oil painting Rebecca Luncan
Lucy
oil on aluminum
4" x 3"
Labradoodle pet portrait oil painting Rebecca Luncan
Pet portrait oil painting of Nippy Kecks Marsden, by Rebecca Luncan
Nippy
oil on aluminum
5.25" x 9.5"
Pet portrait oil painting of Nippy Kecks Marsden, by Rebecca Luncan
Three Dogs Pet Portrait oil Painting Rebecca Luncan
Lilly, Brandy and Toby
oil on aluminum
10" x 15"
Three Dogs Pet Portrait oil Painting Rebecca Luncan
Oil Painting on aluminum of Ellie the white Rabbit by Rebecca Luncan
Tunnel
oil on aluminum
6" x 6"
Oil Painting on aluminum of Ellie the white Rabbit by Rebecca Luncan
Miniature pet portrait painting of happy dog on copper by Rebecca Luncan
Buster
oil on copper
3" diameter
Miniature pet portrait painting of happy dog on copper by Rebecca Luncan

Painting of Animals

I have been fortunate to have a life filled with all sorts of animals to befriend and inspire me. My family has kept goats, chickens, sheep, cows, rabbits, horses, dogs, cats, bees, a pig, parrot, and a pond full of frogs. Though I’ve yet to paint each of the species listed above, I’m working on it!

I approach pet portraits much like when I’m painting portrait of people. Seeking the subjects personality, a narrative, a mood remain steady areas of focus and the insight from the patron for commissioned paintings is often invaluable. In fact, many of my pet portraits are painted from photographs taken by the owner, instead of me. We have such close relationships with animals and no one knows better than his favorite companion when a dog is happy and comfortable. And it’s often easier for you to get the opportunity for just the right shot. The little details that you see (head up is tense and head down is relaxed or the complete opposite!) help translate to me what the animal is trying to tell us with it’s body language. Getting the perfect shot is difficult though and if you need any help with images, please contact me! I am always happy to come and help or offer tips.

The Long Lives of Pet Portraits

A painted pet portrait has a freshness and a life of its own that makes the subject feel close and I think it’s especially fitting to paint these wonderful creatures that just don’t live long enough. There is nothing like loving and loosing a pet to bring home the realities of our mortality and the intensity of the bond that can be made between our species. No matter how long your pet lives, it’s usually just a brief moment compared to the length of a human life and all intense loves are met with intense losses. Portraits in their way defy this mortality and soften the loss. It’s a hard thing to explain why a painting should feel more significant than, say, the photo it’s based on, but I think it’s the care put into making it. I love that all the smiling dogs and bright eyed cats that I’ve painted will be just as happy and alert in their portraits for hundreds of years to come. They will not only bring a moment of joy to their companion now and long after they have passed, but also to countless generations of viewers after all of us are gone. I think it’s a lovely tribute to this bond and it’s an honor for me to make these portraits.

To see a wide variety of my paintings of animals, visit the Into the Country section of my Monthly Miniatures and to see more paintings of rabbits, take a look at the Monthly Miniature: Paintings of Rabbits series. Go to my commissions page to learn more about commissioning your own pet portrait or contact me me with inquiries or questions.