Featured Artist Michelle Delanty

Painter Michelle Delanty presents a soulful collection of pet portraits to melt your heart. Find more from this artist by visiting her website.


dog pet portrait

“Duke” watercolor gouache, 8″ x 10″


Painting pets for the last six years has led me to meet many amazing people and hear about the unique relationships pets have with their humans.


cat pet portrait

“Ishi” watercolor gouache, 8″ x 10″


Each pet relationship is unique, and no two pet relationships are the same. Through my paintings, I aim to honor all animals, their families, and the stories they tell.


dog pet portrait

“Gronkie” watercolor gouache, 8″ x 10″


Growing up with an art teacher as a father, I was encouraged to create at a young age. By studying drawing and painting in high school and majoring in Fine Arts at California State University Long Beach where I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy, I studied the characteristics of the face and the many expressions of the eyes.


pet portrait of a border collie

“Lucy” watercolor gouache, 8″ x 10″


What intrigued me about the human face in figural paintings still captivates me when I’m painting animals. Each face is unique.


bulldog pet portrait

“Roland” watercolor gouache, 8″ x 8″


The moment I figured out how to use my art to impact other in a positive way was in February 2018 when a friend asked me to paint their canine pet. That was when I realized I could combine my love for animals with my passions for art.


doberman pet portrait

“Hennessy” watercolor gouache, 9″ x 12″


I love capturing the soul or aura of each pet by carefully choosing colors that make each animal come to life.


dog pet portrait

“Sugar” watercolor gouache, 6″ x 6″


I’ve named my work Soulful Pet Portraits because I want to convey the inner essence of each animal I paint. To me, the most crucial aspect in my watercolor paintings is capturing the language our pets speak through their eyes.


dog pet portrait

“Odin” watercolor gouache, 9″ x 12″


I believe our pets communicate a message about unconditional love and that’s what I aim to portray in my art.


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