Several weeks ago I had a request from a friend to make a custom totem using pictures of her 1 dog and 4 cats. How could I not take that on! It turned out really well and I am quite proud of my attempts at realistic animal representations.
After some back and forth, she and her husband decided they wanted this piece to be a wall hanging. So, I mounted it on some of the reclaimed fence boards I have and bound them with 2 pieces of driftwood and silvered wire. The effect is contemporary-rustic. I love it, and most importantly, so did they!
These are the photographs my friend emailed to me. She lined them up just how she wanted them to be on the totem.
This is the finished totem.
These are not the first pets I have painted, but it has seriously got me thinking about creating a way for people to order their own custom pet totems online and from my space at the Mountain Arts Gallery Coop. I have already designed a flier page, but want to make a display piece using my animals to show what can be done. I really think they are unique and hope that others will feel the same way.
They can be made as a memorial or just a fun way to show your love for your furry (or not) family members. I have friends who include a lizard as one of their pets, dying to try out that totem - two dogs, a cat and a lizard (or iguana maybe). Fun!