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Welcome to South Paw Custom Pet Paintings

Lifelike, one-of-a-kind oil portraits of your pet from photos by Pennsylvania artist Heather Hughes

Memorialize your beloved pet in a beautiful work of art! My oil paintings are hand drawn and painted on canvas with dedication and attention to detail, providing you with a wonderful way to treasure your 4-legged friend forever. Deck out your own home with a hand-crafted painting, or give an amazing gift to the pet lovers in your life to cherish and enjoy.

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A Pet Portrait with South Paw Custom Pet Paintings is:


All you have to do is choose a canvas size and send your digital photo!


Prices range from $175 to $500.


Painted with premium oil paints, a professional’s medium of choice – richer in color, more realistic, pricier and higher quality than plastic acrylic paint.

ready to hang

No need to frame! My ¾ in. canvas are painted on the sides to match the front.


A one-of-a-kind work of art, customized to fit your needs – and adjustments to photos are free!


Check out the online gallery to view photos and details about my pet portrait oil paintings and other commissions as well!



Help save the life of a homeless or needy animal in your town with your purchase through South Paw Custom Pet Paintings!


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  • chihuahua terrier oil painting
    Thank you a thousand times. The painting is gorgeous, you did an amazing job. I teared up a bit when I first saw it, and a secretary at my office actually cried too, and she had never even met Zoe. You are an amazing artist. Thank you for making this holiday very special for my family, this is by far the greatest gift I've ever given my parents.

    ―Melanie, Georgia on Zoe

  • yellow labs oil painting
    ...(the painting) looks exactly like my dogs. That is an accomplishment itself but it's even more impressive that I did not have 1 good photo of my dogs, rather 3 separate photos with components that I liked. Heather combined them into 1 photo for me to see what the finished product would look like and to be sure it was what I wanted. I ordered the painting for my husband's birthday. These 2 labs were his pride and joy. Unfortunately, he lost them both to cancer late last year. When he saw the painting he broke down in tears. I think it means more to him than any other gift I've ever given him.

    ― Anita, Missouri on Rebel and Missy

  • rat terrier oil painting
    I'm absolutely BLOWN AWAY by my painting Heather created for me. I had ordered this for my girlfriend, she was losing it when she saw it for the first time! She did a wonderful job keeping in touch with me during the entire process (it's really cool to see the painting unfold). Heather's talent obviously speaks for itself, but what you really should know how genuine & sincere she is. She really goes the extra mile with her attention to detail, & will make you feel part of the experience. If you're looking for an amazing oil painting at a very reasonable price - then look no further.

    ― Chip, California on Pepino

  • australian shepherd mix oil painting
    I could not have been happier with the picture I ordered from Heather. It was a Christmas gift for my daughter and she absolutely loved it. Heather was excellent with communication… and the picture of my granddog was right on. It was certainly admired by everyone on Christmas day. I would recommend Heather to everyone, as she is a truly talented artist.

    ― Sandy, Michigan on Soco

  • german shepherd oil painting
    Heather did an outstanding job on my dog Rocky! The image captures his exact head tilt and sitting posture which puts a smile on your face immediately. She was wonderful to work with and provides status updates to make sure the painting is what you are expecting (though no changes were made at all!). I would definitely recommend working with Heather to provide a unique way to capture family memories!

    ― Marie, Virginia on Rocky

  • spaniel oil painting
    A thousand positives! I cannot say enough how great Heather's work is. I actually had some other characteristics of the dog that were not depicted in my photograph and she added them and they turned out great. This was the best gift I have ever given to anyone and to top it I would have to order another painting from Heather! I personally do not know her, but I feel like I know a piece of her after talking so often. If/when I need another painting, I am definitely ordering it from her..worth every penny!

    ― Debbie, Indiana on Penny

  • chihuahua terrier oil painting
    Heather is an amazing artist - her beautiful oil painting of our dog looks exactly like him. Everyone loves the painting. She is great to work and responds to each communication immediately. I loved working with her on our custom oil painting. I would highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again. Thank you Heather - my husband loved this surprise anniversary painting!

    ― Suzanne, California on Hammy

  • lab maltese oil painting
    My daughter, Laura and I were so excited and pleased with the painting that Heather did of her two dogs, Spoonie and Millie. Heather is so easy to work with, and I really liked that she gave me frequent updates on the painting so that I could see how the project was progressing. She is an amazing artist! I have continued to follow her on Facebook and always enjoy seeing the projects that she is currently working on.

    ― Sharon, Louisiana on Spoonie and Millie