The Valerie Leonard Pet Portraits are Inspired by Classic Artists

 - Oct 10, 2009
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When a normal portrait of your pet just isn’t enough, you can turn to Valerie Leonard for her unique old-world paintings. The Connecticut-based artist will render your dog into human form—one who lives in the world of kings, queens, feathered hats, and satin breeches.

Valerie Leonard can spend days on one portrait; her process involves studying images of the pet, researching characteristics of the breed and the classic artist whose style would be most fitting for the painting, and then transforming the animal image into a human likeness. She will often use amalgamations of different backgrounds of old classic paintings. Click through the images above to see stunning examples of Valerie Leonard’s work.