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A portrait of a lorikeet parrot

A pet portrait of a labrador puppy



Memorial portraits

In loving memory of those that have passed.

Portraits created to help ease the pain.

These Portraits have been done from the best photo’s we had available.

No- one wants to think that  their “beloved mate ” might die, especially before their time. I find it very rewarding to be able to ease the pain of the loss by creating a portrait.

It’s sad when people contact me wanting to get a memorial portrait and I have to tell them it isn’t possible using the blurry or small photos they have.If at all possible,  I will try to paint a portrait , even if  the photo’s available are not as good as we would like .

For those that have pet’s that are healthy – make sure you take plenty of nice clear photo’s so that if the worse occurs it’s  still possible to have a portrait created to remember the good times.

important photo tip

Important tip! I often get people contacting me wanting a portrait and the only photos they have are from Facebook and the quality isn’t good enough to paint from..They take the photos on their camera or phone and then upload them to Facebook.  Facebook automatically reduces the size / quality of any photos when you put them up so they take less time to load and also because that’s the way it’s set up.

Often their horse or pet has passed away and these are  the only photos they have. I have to tell them we can’t do a portrait because as as soon as you enlarge the photos the eyes are blurry etc. This also means you have no decent photo memories of your animals!

TIP – Before you put the photos onto your computer make a folder and name it -original and your pets name and date e.g -original Rusty 1 -10 – 2012 .You can then download your photos from the camera to your computer and put the photos in this folder. When you download to the computer make sure that the camera doesn’t automatically make them smaller and doesn’t erase them afterwards.

Keep a copy on the camera until your finished.

Do not do anything with these photos!!.

They are your original / master copy. Make a copy of that folder on your computer.

Now you can upload the photos in this copied folder to Facebook , edit them etc . Make sure you give the copied folder another name so you don’t accidently change the master ones -e.g – Fb photos of Red 1 – 10 -2012

Once all this is done you can erase them off the camera if you wish.

This way you will always have some nice quality /sharper photos to show people and if you ever want a portrait I can create one even after your pet has gone!

See Memorial portraits I’ve created for clients

small kane

 Pet memorial portraits – dogs , cats, birds



A portrait of a black dog

35 x 35cms image size
Framed Oil

  ‘ The unveiling went wonderfully, Kate is delighted with her and is amazed (as is everyone else who has been around to see her) at your talent and loves that you’ve really captured Bonnie’s expression beautifully!!! And I agree.

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I was explaining to Kate how I’d been worried about whether I’d chosen the right pose and expression, whether to go with pre or post floppy ear and so on but she couldn’t be happier with what we went with, so thank you for your patience and guidance.

And thank you again for a wonderful and enduring portrait.

We both love it and she sits in pride of place beside the door so that Kate can see her as she comes and goes each day.!!!


Chris with her portrait

Chris with her portrait
Muffy . Tuffy and Scruffy
50 x 60cms image size
Framed Oil

” I just love it! Its’ SO them. It’s like she’s here..”


( Muffy top RHS had passed away )

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‘Having you paint this portrait of our much loved dogs is very special to us and we will treasure it always.

Thank you Sue’

Chris emailed me a few months later –

“I am so taken with your painting it really is them.

I still miss Muffy but her smiling face seems to have a heart warming affect on me every time I see her portrait.


Liegh with her portrait of her dog jessie

Leigh with her portrait of Jessie

‘It was by the greatest fortune imaginable that I found Sue Linton via an internet search.  There are many artist to choose from but there was something about the quality of the portraits she’d painted and showed as examples that captivated me.

 Every animal’s eyes were different.  I saw the personality emerging from the various paintings even when the breeds were the same.  I knew I had stumbled upon someone who was truly gifted.

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When my portrait of Jessie arrived  I was speechless. How could someone who had never met my dog capture her so perfectly? ‘


March, 2009

Dear Sue

Back in October last year I knew my time with my beautiful German Shepherd Jessie was coming to an end.

I didn’t know when but I knew I must start my search for the person who could capture her essence forever on canvas. A search of the entire world using the web provided an enormous amount of choice. The location of the artist I was planning to choose was only a minor consideration. I needed to know the person I chose had the gift I knew I needed them to have. You were the one I chose.

At the end of December the time had come for me to say good bye to Jessie and it was dreadfully heartbreaking. I had your details and wrote to you soon after. You responded immediately and I was impressed by your compassion and professionalism. You worked with me to ensure I was happy every step of the way. From the initial photos to your first sketch, I knew I could trust you and I really did appreciate the way you stayed in touch with me. I think I was still very much in the initial stages of grieving and somehow you knew that and your sensitivity was incredibly helpful to me throughout the entire process.

But nothing, absolutely nothing could have prepared me for the moment I opened up the canvas and saw your painting of Jessie. It was as if she had been there in the flesh with you and you had known her always. Incredibly your painting is almost three dimensional and you have truly captured Jessie on canvas, forever. I am in awe of the way you have managed to capture her eyes and her personality. Everyone has said the same.

I am now in possession of the most precious item in the world to me. I have the most beautiful portrait of my beloved Jessie, painted by a truly remarkable Australian artist, Sue Linton.

I am incredibly grateful to you Sue. You have the rarest of gifts in being able to reflect the truth through your art and I could have never made a better decision than the day I chose you.

Thank you.

Kindest regards always Leigh


A portrait of a lorikeet parrot

A pet portrait of a labrador puppy