My big WHY (as in why do I paint and draw)

My big WHY (as in why do I paint and draw)

Why do I paint and draw?

“Ask the artist” time – a chance to get your questions answered

This is a question that gets asked in many different versions.

  • Why do you paint and draw?
  • How did you become an artist?
  • What drives you to create art?
  • Why do you specialize in animals?

They all boil down to the same thing though, what is the big WHY? The answer is pretty easy and complex at the same time. Animals make my world go round. I grew up around animals at home in Germany. Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, cockatiel, budgies, sheep, pigs, hens and even a pony called Pedro. If you could own it, we probably had it, at some stage or the other. Growing up in the countryside made it possible. I started taking lessons in a riding school when I was 12 and was hooked from the very first moment.

I know, lots of people own pets and don’t become artists. But to me, it was never about owning the pets. It was a friendship with them. I wanted to understand them, look after them, help them and be with them. And this has never changed. This need for a deep connection with my furry friends.

Being an artist

But when you surround your life with pets and animals in general, the unavoidable happens too. You lose them. Sickness, accidents, old age, it takes on many forms but it always happens eventually. And I found this hard. I still do and I don’t think it will ever change. But I have to say, being an artist and painting pet portraits has given me a form of peace. Feel free to pop over to the portrait painting of Junior, my Labrador. He was painted for this very reason. And not only can I use my art to get this feeling for myself, but I can help others find it for themselves too. A painting or drawing will always capture something that a photo cant.

Sole focus

A photo is just that, a photo. But a piece of art has so much more. The focus is solely on the pet or animal. You don’t have the cluttered background (even if it is another pet photobombing lol) and you can even bring the focus to the part of the pet you want to highlight most. Those clear brown eyes? The fluffy fur? Or those alert ears? All of it? Would you rather your pet’s portrait to match the decor of your living room? No problem! The background color can be color coordinated. The choice is endless and all yours. Getting a pet portrait painted gives you all the choices. And I love being an artist because I can deliver a portrait you will love and be proud to display. THIS is my why. The need to make pet owner happy, to fill a void, to serve a purpose.


In my studio

First of all, I better apologize for the snoring sounds coming from the puppy bed. My noisy Jack Russel gang demands to be in the studio with me to keep an eye on everything, making sure I do it right. But they always fall asleep and goodness can they snore! Oh well, its music to my ears. And what’s not to love about having a house full of wagging tails and puppy cuddles? In this stage, even the cat thinks she is a dog.

Seems you found my blog, I guess you like pets too. Dog person? Cat person? Or let me guess … horses! To be honest, I don’t think it matters. As long as they share our life and make your day brighter with their company, who cares!

About me

My name is Kathrin and as you figured out already, I am a pet portrait artist. Nothing makes me happier than being in my studio, helping people to own their very own piece of artwork of their furry friend. I understand how precious and special pets are and how important the perfect portrait is to an owner. They are so close to our hearts and we want to look at the artwork and see our much loved furry friend, nothing less will do.

I am lucky to share my life with 5 very loving dogs, a sweet little old cat, a multitude of tropical fish and one very beautiful and spirited mare called Glory. Oh yes, there are 2 teenage sons and their long-suffering dad too. They are much more divided on the cat or dog person topic than I am though!

Journey of life

While I was born and reared in a little village in the east of Germany, it was my love of horses that brought me to Ireland in 1997. It all started with a job advertisement in a German paper and ended up changing my life in ways I’d never imagined. From unhappy shopkeeping apprentice and riding school fanatic to creating art in my studio and working with horses worth a LOT of money. I mean, how cool is that!

Over the years, life has been a rollercoaster ride in more ways than one. But the one constant throughout my whole life has been the love for animals. They are my companions and friends, a listening ear while never judging and my ray of sunshine on the dullest of days. I love them unconditionally and feel lucky to have them in my life. They are the reason I am an artist, why I create pet portraits and why I love sharing this talent with others through my paintings. But that’s a story for another day and another blog post.

But if you have any questions, why nor pop me an email on art@kathringuenther.com

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Pet portrait artist in County Cork

Pet portrait artist in County Cork

A pet portrait artist in County Cork

Pet owners tend to like keeping things local. A beautiful forest walk, minutes away from your front door. A great pet shop within a short journey by car. And of course, a vet that can be with you in a heartbeat if you really need one in an emergency.
I get it. I am the very same with my 4 legged gang. Less time spent traveling means more time for the important things in my life. Or to put it differently, the shorter the car journey for my dogs the better as they are not great travellers! And over time I have realized something else. Getting that all-important painting or drawing of a pet is no different. Having their very own pet portrait artist in County Cork is a fact my local clients love very much.

How I can help

They love being able to meet me. And I feel incredibly privileged to be there when they see their painting for the very first time. But that’s not all. Being local means I can come and photograph the pet should you need help with that. Or if you got proper photos instead of digital files, we can pick through them together. We can sort out the most suitable ones so you don’t need to send all of them by post. I love helping where I can. But the best days are the ones when I have the pleasure to meet the model for the painting or drawing. I mean, how fabulous is that!
My art studio is in my home, in a fab countryside setting near the east Cork town of Fermoy. I am a 25-minute drive from Cork city and only minutes from Fermoy.
While my art lives in homes all over the world, I know that my local clients appreciate the fact that I am right here with them.
By the way, if you are in the area, samples of my work can be seen in my local vets, DUNTAHEEN VET CLINIC FERMOY
pet portrait artist in county cork
One of my local “models”. Isn’t Toby just fabulous! I met him and took the photos for the painting.
pet portrait artist in county cork
And 2 more puppies I had the pleasure to meet. Once again, I assisted with the reference photo.