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Local North Reading Artist Creates Pet Friendly Home Decor


Julia Szabo, columnist for the New York Post and author of Animal House Style: Designing a Home to Share With Your Pets, wrote that for safety purposes pet owners should spend decorating dollars on framed prints, photos and paintings. "Art hangs on the walls, out of reach of your pets."

If so, then local artist Michelle Dunn Taylor of North Reading has the decorating answer for you.  Turn your favorite pet photo into an original work of art.  Michelle will create a wonderful custom hand painted portrait of your furry best friend from the photographs that you provide.

Just give Michelle a clear photo of your pet and she will create a hand-sketch from the photo and then transfer the drawing on a canvas and use acrylic paint to make the portrait come alive.  Her portraits make a creative gift for someone on your list!

Michelle stated that she has been drawing and painting since she could hold a crayon.  She loves color! She is a combination of a self-taught and traditionally trained artist.  Michelle started to focus on this career path about 18 months ago given her passion for animals.  Her experience includes painting furniture and sketching outdoor house drawings – more decorating ideas!  Michelle is also an avid photographer.

“My goal is to capture your pet's unique and quirky personality with an original, colorful acrylic painted portrait using your favorite photographs.”  Customer satisfaction is key.  “I hand sketch and hand paint each portrait according to your specifications.”   Each portrait takes from 12 to 15 hours from start to finish – each detail is important.

“Every pet has a different personality and a unique mark on their body.  No two animals are the same.  So it is important for me to collaborate with the owner to make sure its unique and each time you look at the portrait you see their personality come to life.”

Michelle stated that she welcomes the owner’s opinions after the sketch because it is their portrait that they will forever treasure.  The portrait will provide a unique home décor!

Her facebook page contains hundreds of compliments from past customers and admirers of her work.  North Reading is lucky to have a local artist with such talent.  But Michelle is happy to ship the final product anywhere in the country.

So next time you are thinking of that special gift for a pet owner, consider a customized portrait of man’s best friend!

Visit Michelle’s website for examples of her portraits, order forms and pricing.