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Ruth Read – Pet Portraits Oil Painting

Sunflower and the Swan

Ruth Read is one of the first artists we featured on the Evolution Ezine and since then she has become a great friend.  In addition to her art Ruth also loves to write – especially for children – and she took one of the stories I shared with her and created  an illustrated children’s book that  is available on Amazon.com beginning today.  The title of this little gem is “Sunflower and the Swan” and in the words of our friend James Goi Jr….

“The main point of this heartfelt story is that, regardless of circumstances, people can choose to be happy.  Happiness is a choice.  What a Life -Changing message this is.  And the earlier a person learns this lesson, the better.  Ruth Read has learned it, and in this inspiring little book, she teaches it.

Just wanted to take this space to celebrate Ruth’s accomplishment in bringing this little story into form – and to invite anyone with young children in their lives to bring this book into their homes…

Ruth Read – Biography

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Ruth Read - Pet portraits oil paintingI grew up in Oregon with lots of animals, moved to California and got married in 1971. I soon found myself involved in a grooming shop and liked working with dogs so much I bought the place.

People would ask me if I knew anyone who would do paintings of their pets. I finally decided to take some art lessons in 1999. I studied at a local Art school in Arcadia. It wasn’t long before I was doing pencil drawings for some of my clients.

After a year I studied Oil painting at a small school in Sierra Madre. And read lots of how to books on wild life and animals. I applied that knowledge to my paintings and came up with my own style.

I do pet portraits because I love pets and seeing their personalities come to life on a canvas is so exciting! I have a special interest in pets because before I ever thought of painting them I got to know them so well in my grooming business. I understand the pet owners point of view that their pet is a unique individual and a special, irreplaceable part of their lives.

I became a member of San Gabriel Fine art Association in 2001. And Since the year of 2004 I have been co-show chairman sharing the Duties with Chris Hogan. I love being surrounded by all that beautiful art.

In 2006 I became a member of: the American International Culture & Art Association, Lakewood Artist Guild and Corona Art Association.

Some of my paintings are now or have been on display at:

  • Lake wood Art shows Located in city of Lakewood
  • Corona Art shows Located in city of Corona
  • San Gabriel Fine Art Association Located in San Gabriel CA
  • San Gabriel valley Medical Hospital Located in San Gabriel CA
  • My Flower Guy located in Arcadia CA
  • Iris Intrigue Boutique Located in Sierra Madre CA
  • Restaurant Lozano Located in Sierra Madre
  • Send out cards Inc. Located on the web now sells cards and postcards with some of my art on them. I also sell cards in Hawaii on the island of Kauai in ‘Gallery West’ in Waimea.

    In 2008 I resigned from the board at San Gabriel Fine arts due to the fact that I want to travel and spend more time in Hawaii where I have a small house (studio) in Waimea.

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    Ruth Read – Pet Portraits Oil Painting

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    Tommi - dog portrait

    Tommi – was a dog that was found in the street and someone almost ran over her. She was about 3 months old and covered in fleas. Someone brought her to my shop. I promised to find her a home. Ha! I took her home and that was that. She went to work with me every day and was the best dog. We lost her at 16 years old. She was everything to our family. Such a good, well behaved dog. We all miss her so much. So do many of my clients.

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    Babycakes - yorky portrait

    Babycakes – Babycakes was a Yorky that was so endearing. She just captured your heart.

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    PePe La Pue - cat portrait

    Pepe La Pu – La Pu as we called him was very strange. He liked to be groomed. He had these eyes that were huge just like the painting. And he had a smell to match that name. A very lovable cat.

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    Sancho - bulldog portrait

    Sancho – was a big rolly polly Bull dog. He was 75 lbs and many times we had to roll him. He loved the shop. He died at 2 years old. I really missed him. He was in our shop at least once a week. Sometimes more. He liked the shop so much that my daughter had to walk him out the door. Otherwise he would not go. If she was not there to walk him out his owner would pull and roll him.

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    Sir Hoover - dog portrait

    Sir Hoover – was a show dog. At the time he was commissioned he had only one more point to go. I painted him 2 times.

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    Sparkie - dog portrait

    Sparkie – He had the best love for all. He was a rescue and he did appreciate that. So happy and sweet.

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    Ruth Read’s Art Gallery

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    74 Responses to “Ruth Read – Pet Portraits Oil Painting”

    1. Nezka says:

      Great paintings

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    2. Patricia Pattison NZ says:

      Painting expressions must be so hard yet Ruth has done it so well.

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    3. Ed Klasa says:

      Ruth has a gift for portraying the personality of her subjects!

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    4. There is something very unique in Ruth’s paintings! They capture the very essence of her subjects. I really like her style. It is not photo realism and yet they capture the personality of each of her pets. It’s like having a looking glass into their soul. She is a very gifted painter.

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    5. Pamela says:

      All of her pieces are great. She has a great eye for the real. You can just feel the animal as though it was right in front of you

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    6. susan says:

      Love Ruth Read and her portriats. She has an amazing perception of each of her studies. . and you can see the love in the eyes of each one of these paintings.

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    7. I love Ruth’s work and would like her to paint my dog. I have a poodle/shitzy mix and she has quite a personality. Ceasar Melane would not be proud of us as she is so spoiled. Anyway, I think Ruth could
      capture Pooky’s personality and as she is getting quite old it would be great to have her portrait to cherish forever!

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    8. Please have Ruth contact me at home . My number is 310 866 8055 and my email address is fleckart1@yahoo.com I woulsd like to schedule a painting

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    9. Grace says:

      Those were wonderful portraits of pets.

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    10. Sandy says:

      What a GREAT site Daria! Thanks for sending these adorable pet portraits. I will definitely share this site with others.

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    11. Ruth Read says:

      Hi David,

      I will contact you about the painting. I would like to first ask that you send me about 10 of your best photos of your pet. Then we will talk on the phone. My e-mail is ruth@ruthsartgallery.com. The photos can be e-mailed. My phone is 626-203-3114.

      Thank you for taking an interest in my artwork. I am addicted to painting.

      I look forward to your e-mail.

      Ruth Read

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    12. Evoltage says:

      Hmm… I dont know what to say. These are simply beautiful paintings. The pets look and have a feeling of life in them and their eyes are so expressive. Another artist that simply blows you away.

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    13. Karla Deacon says:

      Daria & Ruth,

      Thanks so much for sharing. I love animals and feel like I’ve met each of the animals in these pictures…their eyes are so expressive. They say the eyes are the window to the soul. You have definitely portrayed
      the beauty of these souls.

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    14. Richelle says:

      What beautiful paintings. I especially love the one of the dog Tommi. I just love the fact that you did something so differnet and had the dog laying in the grass instead of always sitting up and posing. Very creative!

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    15. Ruth Read says:

      Wow, I really appreciate the interest everyone has in my paintings. I am greatful that I can make people reflect about their own pets and enjoy animals.

      Ruth Read

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    16. richard says:

      beautiful portraits,
      reminds me of royal portraits painted so long ago.
      capturing the life and soul of these animals makes them immortal!

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    17. CT Michael says:

      Wonderful works. The skill to paint the details of fur, with all the nuances of lighting or even motion (when part of the piece), would be one that shows a high degree of development and expertise; and all this with oil. With awe i applude these paintings.

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    18. Frank Yang says:

      Beautiful Work!!!!!!!!!Nice Paintings!!!!!!!!

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    19. eva says:

      Great work! I always admire people who can paint/draw ^o^

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    20. Jane Hoff says:

      I admire this work very much. They look very real. My attempts at painting animals look like cartoons.

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    21. Marty says:

      These are very well done. I particularly like the dog with the hat! You’ve also done well on the muzzles, which I think would be very hard.

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    22. Jennifer says:

      Oh my gosh! I thought the first picture was an actual photograph! You are really really talented. You have a special gift.

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    23. Grace Doerk says:

      This art work is one of the most beautiful that I’ve seen. Congratulations. Grace Doerk

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    24. Brandon L says:

      These are great, and inspiring. I wish you would do my Pug :) He is getting old and gray. Keep it up. You should do more cats. I only saw the one, and you do them very well. The Bulldog story makes me sad and I’ve always wanted a bulldog. What a wonderful way to remember him. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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    25. Marvin and Babe says:

      Great work Ruth. We are looking forward to more!!!!!!!!!!!

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    26. jay says:

      It is hard to capture an animal’s spirit and personality. Ruth has done so well to do just that.

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    27. Merriweatherblue says:

      Your paintings are truly lovely. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such expression so consistently. I especially like the one of Tommi. That’s so like a dog.

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    28. ramnarayanan says:

      Absolute beauty.Great exhibhition of artwork.You can sell these painitngs and earna few bucks.Many people might be interested in it.

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    29. Acacia says:

      Haha! I LOVE the painting of the cat. The look on its face is marvellous. I wonder what it’s thinking.

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    30. rathi says:

      What a wonderful picture..I was really amazed to see the eyes of the dog. It has a mixed feeling. I just missed my dog Tuffy taht I lost last year.

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    31. leela says:

      woh what a thought and it is purely exemplary.It s indeed need some extra thinking power to attract the people towards it.Quite amazing to look at and it has been fine with all features

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    32. brandee says:

      Amazing paintings! you capture the animals so well. I especially like the one of the cat. I have a cat that looks just like that, her name is twinner.

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    33. sumit says:

      How do you get them to stay so still? Well jokes aside, your paintings are truly fantastic. For a second I thought I was looking at a real photograph.

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    34. Doroteja says:

      How interesting! I’ve never seen pet portraits before, but I can see why pet owners want to get them done. They are beautifuly painted, and the expressions are great. The artist really captures personality- hard to do! Another great posting. :)

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    35. Livia says:

      Wow, the portraits are amazing!!! Ruth did an excellent job in these paintings.

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    36. Joshua says:

      That cat looks like my cat.

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    37. Martin Farmakov says:

      I loved Sparkie the most. I have a dog like him and i know that i would give anything to have a portrait of him. The picture reminds me of my dog and i vote for Sparkie even though the others are amazing too.

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    38. Joanne says:

      Hello, the paintings are nice and lively. I look forward to more pictures of your paintings. The first photo looks like real photograph. Keep up the good work.

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    39. 123barbo says:

      The colors on Tommi are exceptional. What a good find she was. I am sure her 16 years provided a wonderful life.

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    40. Rich says:

      Ruth, your painting are absolutely amazing.
      I’m sure it would be a treasure to the owner.

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    41. Liz says:

      The pet portraits are done extremely well, it looks as if they were almost sitting right in front of me. She has done a very good job of capturing their personalities, this is a great idea for any pet owner!

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    42. avin says:

      The oil paintings are awesome.Pets are a part of our life .They leave bundle’s of memories behind.Having oil paintings of them is just marvelous.Ruth,your work’s are too good.

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    43. Rajesh says:

      You have really become expert on painting and i can guess that it is not easy for each one of us and you studied for that one and it is really art and i usually like oil paintings so it will be good for everyone.

      Pets will be good with oil paintings. thanks for sharing with us.

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    44. Bryan Lambert says:

      Not only did I enjoy the paintings, but I really enjoyed the back stories given for each one. my particular favorite was Sir Hoover with his jauty blue beret.

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    45. Sreedhar says:

      Hi,Great job done. Paintings are really nice and looks great. I really just love the paintings.

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    46. sudhy says:

      I like these portraits so much,
      now i guess Ruth has got a lot to do in the future to keep up the expectations from us

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    47. aruna says:

      The paintings are amazing. At an instant I thought they were photographs! I don’t know how much patience is required to come up with such master pieces but I must admit Ruth is simply a GENIOUS.

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    48. Govindan Namboodiri says:

      These paintings have LIFE in them!.Ruth may continue to paint, for us!!

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    49. anna maria says:

      What a beaurifull pictures…is very very funny :D ..Damn I love dogs they are all super super cute..thanks for pictures..hugs for you >:D<..:*

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    50. Mike says:

      These are absolutely wonderful. I love my dogs and if I could afford to have you paint a picture of my Scrappy, I would definitely have you do it!

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    51. Ruth has been a personal friend over twenty years. She has always had an eye for detail. I am so proud of her for these great paintings. Keep up the good work Ruth.

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    52. You can feel these paintings. Ruth puts the animal’s energy into the picture. She is sensing the presence, or soul of her subjects, and you can feel it when you look at her paintings. Of course, she has great technical skill too, but her ability to sense the living presence, and to depict it, makes her paintings radiate with a special glow.

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    53. Nancy says:

      Those animals are gorgeous and so full of personality. I can see your love for your subjects.
      Thanks for sharing them.

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    54. Dale says:

      Ruth is an exceptional artist, not only can she capture every detail, she is always happy to share her talent. I have had the pleasure of reading one of her children’s books. Her artistry extends beyond oil painting. I see a best seller!

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    55. Alexandra says:

      I really like the yorky. I miss mine.

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    56. Deborah says:

      I love the way you capture the personality of the pet!

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    57. Jan says:

      I love your story and how you just went out and learned to paint. Your pet portraits are charming, colorful, and seem to capture the individual personalities of the pets. Since I have a bulldog, I’m particular to that one! Keep up the good work.

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    58. Luis Soto says:

      !I Love It!

      I have 2 dogs a pug and a English bulldog and I can tell you love animals the way you express yourself.

      Keep up the good creative work

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    59. Kelli P says:

      Stunning paintings, you have captured their souls through each loving stroke of your brush.

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    60. Suzette says:

      I just love Sancho, You certainly capture the essence & the characters of the dogs very skillfully. it makes me want to touch them. I would like to have lunch with you too. Same I live in Boston UK! Well you never know which one of us may cross that pond first! please keep in touch.

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    61. Ruth Read says:

      Suzette

      Well, If you ever come my way, I will be here to visit with. You can e-mail me through ruth@ruthsartgallery.com

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    62. Cheryl says:

      All very lovely and kind. They are full of good feelings.

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    63. Leila says:

      Sweet pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    64. Nandan says:

      I love the painting of Tommi. The roll over pose and the eyes looking straight at you like a pair of living eyes. You can see the soul of Tommi in the expression of the eyes. Very masterfully done! Sir Hoover looks very fashionable and as dignified as a Victorian portrait :) I have an adorable pug. Have you ever done a portrait of a pug?
      Your paintings are amazing for someone who learnt to paint because of her love for animals, or maybe that’s why they are so good.

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    65. Ruth Read says:

      Nandan,

      Yes, I have done a portrait of a pug. Go to http://www.squidoo.com/RuthRead and you will see one there.
      Thank you for leaving the nice comment about my paintings.

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    66. David Jarvi says:

      Ruth used to tell all of the funniest stories about Tommy and the other animals in the shop. More childrens books Ruth, I see a whole series on the adventures of Tommy at the shop. Go Ruth Go. Such stunning work…

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    67. Ruth Read says:

      Wow, Thank you David. That shop was fun and there are a lot of stories. Something to think about…

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    68. Ruth Read says:

      I so appreciate all these comments. They make my soul soar. I love to see what others think.

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    69. zelda groenewald says:

      Shoe some of them look like photos !! very very good !!

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    70. christopher says:

      im a cat lover

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    71. In case anyone didn’t know: I’m a big Ruth Reed fan!

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    72. Ruth says:

      Well, Thank you James. I really like your work too and have been following what you say. I have had some real luck, well, I know it is not luck; I am just receiving what is already mine. Thanks to you.

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    73. paintings says:

      Those animals are gorgeous and so full of personality. I like your paintings. Thanks for sharing them.

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    74. Your pet portraits are great! I like those dogs as well as the kitten!…Daniel

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