For the Love of Dog: Pet Portrait Artists!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am a huge animal lover and I’m very passionate about the many animals that are in my life. Combine that with my love of art and you’ve got the perfect mix for today’s article: a showcase of three incredibly talented pet artists. These three woman create beautiful pieces of artwork in very different styles that bring to life beloved dogs and cats a like (and horses and goldfish and what have you). They all have a passion for animals as well and it can plainly be seen in the love and detail they put into every single painting. Enjoy!

Chelsea Conlin



Rachael Rossman



Kristin Bowen



I Love Rescue Animals (Do You?)

We used to have to struggle to find content for our I Love Rescue Animals blog, but lately, it has come alive with entries not just from us, but from a couple of other people as well. One being the awesomely talented Chelsea Conlin who has taken it upon herself to do, what we like to call, Shelter Sketches. Check out that series – it’s cute and it’s helping animals.

We’ve also started doing Pet Parent Files where Ash and I do a video with tips on taking care of our many animals (if you lost count, we’re up to 23 now, two of which are fosters). It’s crazy, but we figured with our experience, people might be interested in what we do on a daily basis.

Even with the sudden influx of content, we’re always looking for guest posts. Want to tell a story about your rescue animal? Have a great rescue story you heard and feel we should discuss? Let us know and we’ll post it! Head over to and fill out the content form telling us what you’re like to do or how you’d like to contribute. We look forward to hearing from you!

ILRA Shelter Sketches!

If you haven’t been paying attention, I Love Rescue Animals has recently begun working with talented artist Chelsea Conlin to bring our readers something called “Shelter Sketches” every Saturday. Here’s how it works: Chelsea chooses a dog in any shelter and brings him or her to life in a sketch which we post on our blog, along with all the information about the dog. It is in this way that we hope to give these pups an even better chance at being adopted and finding their forever homes.

Check out the ILRA Blog and visit Chelsea’s sketchblog for more information and more awesome art.

Artist Showcase: Chelsea Conlin

Ah Mondays. What better way to start off the week with some awesome art from a brilliant artist? I met today’s featured showcase through Deviantart and Twitter and discovered not just a wonderful digital painter, but an animal lover as well! There are really not a lot of people higher than artistic dog lovers in my book.

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Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator who has made her way around the world and back; she grew up in New York and moved to Rhode Island for school, then she moved to Sapporo, Japan where she spent several years teaching English before heading off to Colorado for a short stint. She now lives in the bluegrass state of Kentucky. She likes to hike, hang out with her greyhound, and most of all paint.

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One of the things I love about Chelsea’s artwork is that no matter what it is, there’s a certain realism to it. Look at any of her subjects, whether it’s Cthulhu or a unicorn, every detail might possibly have come from the reality of a different world. She has a certain grasp of anatomy and depth of character that really makes her digital paintings stand out. From silly to elegant, fantastical to still lives, she is an artist to look out for.

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Find out more about Chelsea here:

Website: Paper Nautilus
Blog: Paper Nautilus Blog
Deviantart: cacodaemonia
Twitter: @cacodaemonia
Livejournal: cacodaemonia
ConceptArt: Sketchbook
Tegaki E: cacodaemonia

Previous Artist Showcases:
Meg Smitherman
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan