Melissa Smith is a self-taught artist originally from the beautiful countryside of Upstate New York. Raised on magnificent farmland there, surrounded by animals and nature, inspired Melissa to become an adamant animal lover and influenced her passion for the natural world. "In my pet portraits, I express my joy in both the love of painting and my love of animals by capturing a very special essence, unique to each animal. Our pets give us unconditional love and I am proud to have found a way to honor and commemorate them. I find painting house pets a particular joy, especially capturing candid moments in time, in a cherished pet's life. I work primarily from photographs where subjects are often painted at play, exploring, or resting. The...
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