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"Painting Pets with Personality"

My name is Emily Griffith Byrd. Thanks for checking out my website.  I am an award winning pet artist with a studio in the Atlanta area.  I have been voted "Best Pet Artist" by Atlanta Magazine.  I have the privilege of painting much-loved pets and have done so for the past 15 years.  My paintings are based on photographs (see tips on how to take a good photo of your pet) and I have the uncanny ability to capture each animal’s spirit and personality. I contribute to numerous animal shelters, Canine Assistant, and am a Guardian Member of the ASPCA.  I was an official artist of the University of Geogia’s mascot, having painted Uga VII, VIII and IX and have painted celebrity pets, including Tori Spelling of 90210 “Mimi”, Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s“Pepper”, Victoria Stilwell Animal Planet’s It’s me or the dog “Pepper”, and Alison Pill HBO’s The Newsroom “Henry”.  I know the sadness of losing a pet and have been told that my paintings are healing; in that spirit I offer a compassion discount for animals who have passed.  


After years of training as a Faux Finisher, I bring this experience in texture onto canvases.  I have training in Abstract Paining. I work with multi-media, including various plasters, fabric, oils, acrylic, multiple mediums and more which can give your home that pop of color it needs.

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After studying art in college, my career path led to Hollywood, where I spent several years in the entertainment industry before rediscovering my inner artist when I painted my beloved parti-poodle, Gracie. I soon left show biz behind and moved to the Atlanta area and became a full-time artist, drawing and painting pets for people who love them as much as I loved my Gracie.  I added Wilson, a shihpoo, to my household 12 years ago and he is referred to as "Cool Dude" (painting of his with sunglasses on in Gallery).  After Gracie passed, we added Olivia and Maddie, both parti-poodles, to our home. I have a bachelors degree from Florida Southern College with an emphasis in Art, and have taken classes with the best instructors in Atlanta and abroad.  I have a pet portraiture diploma from the London Art College with “Distinction”. I studied at Atlanta College of Art and fine art training with DiDimizio’s Old World of Art.  I am a big believer in giving back to the animal community.  I am a guardian member of the ASPCA and give donations to Canine Assistants as well as local rescue groups. I use only the finest archival quality paints, brushes and canvases and strive to ensure that every painting is artistically genuine, aesthetically pleasing, and reflects my deep passion and respect for animals.

I am so fortunate to have a dream job that is also spiritually rewarding: I love the entire process of getting to know people and their animals, and preserving forever someone’s much-loved companion. Out of my own love for animals, I get in there and connect with your pet to capture it’s personality and spirit on canvas. It is important to me to give you the best painting possible; I want you to fall in love with your pet all over again and feel the unconditional love radiating from the animal’s soul.

I now live in Augusta, GA with my husband.

Please browse through my Gallery, and do not hesitate to email me with any questions.

Gift Certificates are available!

Emily Griffith Byrd


How to take a good photo


I need at least one detailed, clear and close-up photo that shows your pet’s personality. Photos must be in focus and at least 3 x 5 with your pet as the primary subject filling the photograph.

Please bear in mind that the portrait will be a reflection of the photo you provide: I don’t “create” poses, nor do I “erase” costumes, scarves, sweaters, people, furniture or other objects or guess what your pet’s underlying fur looks like. I can only paint what I see.  I know this can be difficult with animals who have passed, but try to find all your very best photos. If you send more than one photo, please indicate the pose you would like in the portrait.

Your pet’s eyes and nose are particularly crucial; your photograph must show the eyes clearly with accurate color.

High resolution, digital photographs are preferred (jpg format/ 300 dpi works best). Do NOT send original photographs in the mail, as they may be lost; prints will be returned with your portrait(s).

Choose an environment that won’t camouflage your pet: Ideally, photograph light-colored pets in front of a dark background, and dark-colored pets in front of light backgrounds.

Images with bright colors and good light will yield the best portraits.

How to take a good photo of your pet

I have taken many photos of pets over the yeas and here are some tips to get the best your pet has to offer.  If you follow these steps, we can create a great painting together!


It is best to take photos outside in natural light; however, be careful not to take photos with the sun behind you, as it will cause shadows.

If you cannot take your pet’s photo outside, the next best option is an area with lots of available light so you do not have to use a flash. A room with lots of windows, often a sunroom or dining room, works wonderfully for this purpose.

If you must use a flash, get it as far away from your lens as possible, or even better, use a flash with a swivel head. If you cannot remove your flash from your camera or use a bounce flash, tape a piece of cheesecloth over your flash to diffuse the light from the flash and reduce the chance of red/green eye.  If you get a great photo and there is red/green eye, don’t worry…I can still work with it.


While most traditional portraits include just the pet in the image with the pet looking straight at the photographer, this can lead to a boring image. Taking a few moments to think about your pet’s personality can make all the difference,  Try to take the photo at your pet’s level—kneel, sit or lie down to take the shot.

The most important thing you can do to capture you pet’s personality is work on his/her time.  It does require some patience in most cases and make it a fun experience.  Your pet may need time to calm down when brought into a new situation, so be prepared to give your pet the time he/she needs to relax.

The painting is about your pet, not the background, but if possible try to find a pleasing background for me to look at while painting your pet.   I find using your pet’s favorite toy, making funny noises or calling your animal’s name works well.  Go ahead and make a fool of yourself, I do and have entertained many pets in the process. If you can recruit a second person to help keep the pet’s attention, your job will be considerably easier as well. And don’t forget treats—as all pet owners know, bribes are powerful motivators. Don’t make your pet come to you. Go to them, so that they feel at ease.

Holding a Paintbrush



Pricing is based on a solid or simple background. I like to focus on the pet, but a more detailed background might increase the quote.

Memorial paintings

I offer a compassion discount of 25% for animals who have passed. Keep in mind, I only work with quality photos, to offer the best painting possible.  

                                                                            Two or more pets in the painting

Pricing is based on one pet in the painting, if you would like to add another pet it is an additional 25% per pet (keep in mind a larger canvas might be required to accommodate).

Other Sizes

If you have a size in mind that is not listed, please feel free to contact me for a quote.

Size      Price

9×12       300.00

12×12     340.00

11×14     420.00

12×16     455.00

14×18     495.00

16×16     535.00

16×20     575.00

18×20     615.00

20×20     650.00

20×24     800.00

22×28   950.00

30×30   1175.00

24×36   1365.00

36×36   1700.00

40×40   1950.00

48×48   2150.00


Tori Spelling of 90210

Cindy Wilson of The B-52's

"I am still learning"


Wet Paintbrushes



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