Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Hansen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Carrie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Around 2005, while working as a textile designer in the apparel industry in LA, I began painting pet portraits for friends as a way to celebrate special days, honor beloved pets that had passed away, and also to do something with my artistic skills that was purely for love. Enough people telling me, “You should sell those,” finally convinced me to give it a go, and I’ve been happily painting custom portraits for clients since 2016.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Putting myself out there was the challenge – I’m not one to make a big fuss over this “funny little thing I do”, and it took lots of reflection along with feedback from trusted mentors to help me confidently speak about myself as an artist and have faith that others would see me that way as well.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kindred Brute Pet Portraits – what should we know?
The response I hear the most, and that means so much to me, is that I really capture that certain “something” about someone’s pet that shows their personality and makes them special. In those cases that I’m painting a pet that’s passed away, I often hear that having the painting feels like they were able to be together again. I really take the time to look at the photos the owner provides and think about the role this animal played for them. Some animals are funny and have a light spirit, and I love to let that humor shine through. Sometimes photos will show a dog all the way from puppyhood to a grey-muzzled senior, and it’s incredibly moving. We love our pets so deeply and purely, and I try to capture that in a totally earnest way. It’s also important to me that the paintings aren’t kitschy or corny, that they’re modern and stylish artworks in their own right.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The care and time I put into each painting is essential. The magic of the work is the personality of the subject shining through, and that happens when I reflect on the pet as an individual and as a family member.
- 9×12 single subject watercolor, $200
- 12×16 single subject watercolor, $275
- custom quotes and sizing available
- Website: kindredbrute.com
- Phone: 323-251-1553
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kindredbrute
- Facebook: facebook.com/KindredBrute
- Twitter: @fakeleopardcoat
- Other: carriehansendesign.com