Monday, December 28, 2009

Dog Portraits by Jessica Whiteside

Jessica Whiteside is a professional artist whose style and subject matter have morphed over time. In the early days of her career as a professional artist, she created over 50 privately commissioned portraits of canine and kitty companions.

While still attending The Academy of Art University, Jessica started painting portraits of local neighborhood dogs in the Northbeach area of San Francisco out of a love for animals.

Her expressive and charismatic portraits earned her a reputation for being a talented pet portrait artist.

As a result, she was regularly commissioned to create portraits of pets. In a very short period of time, Jessica completed well over 50 portraits of various breeds of dogs, and the occasional kitty.
Her portraits earned her international press and awards including being a finalist in The Artists Magazine annual painting competition, a feature in Urban Animal Magazine, and a solo exhibition of pet portraits at The Urban Pet in San Francisco.

Jessica has gone on to develop a different painting style with a more graphic, narrative, illustrative and feminine feel, drawing inspiration from pop-culture and neo-burlesque. Certainly, her new style and inspirations are very different from her early days of fuzzie portraits. She rarely paints puppies anymore but still accepts occasional commissions for furry friend portraits only upon request.

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