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Getting a portrait of your pet is nothing new. You can have them photographed, painted, or otherwise immortalized. They are, after all, important members of the family. But one artist goes beyond mere physical representations of the furry friends that bring us so much joy.

This artist also captures their personalities. Her name is Chris Beetow, and she’s known for her ability to capture the “inner pet.”

Her portraits capture the personalities of her sitters, and often reference things that only their humans know about.

Her portraits capture the personalities of her sitters, and often reference things that only their humans know about.

By including these personality traits, Beetow creates a more complete image of each furry friend.

By including these personality traits, Beetow creates a more complete image of each furry friend.

To create these highly personal portraits, Beetow has pet owners send detailed descriptions of their pets’ personalities, complete with their quirks and endearing little habits. After all, these are the things we love most about our companions.

The artist then works tirelessly to incorporate those traits into fun, multi-faceted portraits.

“It is my goal to capture who your pet is, not just what they look like,” she says.

"It is my goal to capture who your pet <em>is,</em> not just what they look like," she says.

“What makes these pieces so important to my clients is that they visualize how they feel about their animal friends — and that is a pretty special thing.”

And creating the portraits is great for Beetow, too.

And creating the portraits is great for Beetow, too.

“The pet portrait commissions are so rewarding because of the genuine happiness they bring clients,” she says.

“I get so many cool stories from people about their pets and how their pet has changed their lives, and I feel pretty fortunate to be able to translate that into something special.”

"I get so many cool stories from people about their pets and how their pet has changed their lives, and I feel pretty fortunate to be able to translate that into something special."

When she’s not creating pet portraits, Beetow works as an illustrator. You can see more of her work on her website, as well as on Facebook.

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