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Stefanie Foreman paints portraits of pets 

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As a child, Stefanie Foreman was one of those girls who was really into horses. But unlike many, she never grew out of it. Really, she’s always had a love for animals, one that has gone hand in hand with her love of drawing and making art. Even today, when she’s not teaching science to eighth graders at Mountain Ridge Middle School, she’s painting animals.

In 2000, a friend commissioned Foreman to do a portrait of her Great Dane. One friend asking for a dog portrait became two, then three, then more.

“I finally decided to just have a business card done and try and get some more business,” she says. Foreman does her “petraits” in Prismacolor marker, which she says gives the pieces a feel similar to watercolors. She does most of her business around the holidays — they make good presents, she says.

In her own work, Foreman hops around between styles and inspirations. She’s gone through cubist phases, dabbled in collage and mixed media, and lately she’s been playing with textured works in acrylic, using things like stencils and bubble wrap to add richness and movement.

“I’m not the kind of artist that can just keep doing the same thing over and over,” she says.
That diversity of technique gives her the chops to do her petraits in styles that complement her subjects’ personalities.

“I’ve had people have me come out to the house and watch their pets for a bit before I’ve drawn them,” she says. “I’ve had people send me a variety of pictures so I can get a feel for what the pet is really like.”

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