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Kathrin Guenther artist About the artist Discovering the artist in me
Me and my soulmate Sparky whom I sadly lost in 2015

I discovered my passion for art back in 2007 when I first started drawing pets. It all began when a close friend of mine had lost her beloved dog, and I wanted to bring her a glimmer of comfort during such a difficult time. With a humble pencil in hand, I embarked on creating my very first pet portrait. The sheer joy it brought her when I surprised her with the artwork ignited a newfound love within me. I was instantly hooked!

Little did I know, this simple hobby would evolve into something much greater. Being creative fulfilled a part of me that I never even knew existed. Drawing and creating art quickly became an integral part of my life.

In 2008, fate had a different plan for me when I fractured my knee. However, every cloud has a silver lining, as they say. The months of immobility allowed me ample time to delve deeper into my passion. I dedicated myself to producing more art and honing my skills in the process. Fast-forward to today, and I’ve expanded my artistic endeavors beyond drawing. I now specialize in painting realistic animal portraits, primarily as commissioned pieces. The sheer delight of bringing happiness to pet owners through my completed artworks is an indescribable feeling.

My artwork has reached far and wide, gracing private collections in Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the USA, and even as far as Australia. In 2014, I was honored to become a member of the esteemed Lavit Gallery in Cork city, where my art has proudly been showcased in Member Exhibitions.

Why I create pet portraits

Pets hold a special place in our hearts, just like children who never grow up and leave home. They become our lifelong companions, relying on us for love and care. Sometimes we choose our pets, and other times they choose us, but the connection is always genuine and heartfelt. It’s a bond that transcends time, making us yearn to keep them by our side forever. And when their time comes, they leave an irreplaceable void, etching their paw prints on our hearts for eternity. Art can help to keep memories alive, ensuring our beloved pets will forever have pride of place in our homes. In the present as well as in the future. I love being in the position to help my clients achieve just this. Because it is never just about the painting. It is about capturing all those moments we shared with them and reliving them when we look at their portrait. About sharing their stories with family and friends who see it. About keeping the love alive. A pet portrait should really show off the individuality of the animal. Not only capturing likeness, but also some of the character of the animal. And I want to bring the possibility of owning this kind of art to everyone. I will put all my experience as an artist into my work to ensure that you are totally happy. My studio buddies Charly and Lexy

Art can help to keep memories alive, ensuring our beloved pets will forever have pride of place in our homes. In the present as well as in the future. 

I love being in the position to help my clients to achieve just this. Because it is never just about the painting. It is about capturing all those moments we shared with them and reliving them when we look at their portrait. About sharing their stories with family and friends who see it. About keeping the love alive. 

A pet portrait should really show off the individuality of the animal. Not only capturing likeness, but also some of the character of the animal. And I want to bring the possibility of owning this kind of art to everyone.
 I will put all my experience as an artist into my work to ensure that you are totally happy.
My studio buddies Charly and Lexy

Embark on a fascinating journey through time

Discovering my German heritage

I come from the picturesque landscapes of East Germany, where I grew up amidst the beauty of nature near the border with the Czech Republic. Within an hour’s drive lies the enchanting city of Dresden, a historical gem that should undoubtedly be on your travel itinerary when exploring Germany. As a child, my days were filled with endless adventures, exploring the fields, forests, and getting up close and personal with the wildlife. Surrounded by farm animals and a menagerie of pets, I developed a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Following the completion of my formal education, I felt a yearning for change. An opportunity to work in Ireland was the gateway for me. 

Join me on this artistic odyssey as we celebrate the majestic allure of equines, pets, and wildlife. Welcome to the extraordinary realm of Equine, Pet, and Wildlife Art, where the canvas becomes a portal to a realm like no other.

Thoroughbred foal painting by Kathrin Guenther, foal, running, art, About the artist Discovering the artist in me