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 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!