Artist Paints Portraits of Deceased Pets

Erica Eriksdotter is a Sweden-born artist whose painting career began when she was a little girl.  At the age of 10, she sold her first painting, which was of a small simple landscape with a single red balloon floating in the air. Now at the age of 39, she lives in Virginia and paints portraits of deceased pets.

“The eyes are the most important part,” Eriksdotter said in an article for The Washington Post. “The eyes are the windows to the soul, basically. So if you do not get the eyes right, you’re screwed.”

The former PR has completed more than 60 pet portraits and about two dozen have been sent to households all over the United States. She needs about one month to complete each artwork, so the waitlist at her studio, Studio Eriksdotter, is six months long. She also paints bridal bouquets and other flowers, but her main focus is pets and she hopes that one day she will have the opportunity to paint a snake.

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