Local artist brings healing to pet owners
–Paso Robles artist Jeannine Bringman says she knows firsthand the pain the loss of a beloved pet can bring. She has comforted many a friend when their furry companion passed on. “Five years ago, we lost our 16-year-old Lhasa Apso and were surprised at how deeply we still miss him,” she said. “It is such a heartbreaking experience for so many. I began to think about a way that I might use my creativity to possibly soften the pain to a smile.” So she set about painting a loving, customized keepsake for grieving pet owners; and Pet Angel Painting was born.
“This is not a typical pet portrait. It is a story in an image; a unique representation of the pet traveling to that ‘Better Place,'” said Bringman. The signature feature is a single angel’s feather floating down “as if to say a sweet goodbye.”
Owners or gift-givers can choose from a variety of sky backgrounds and animal breeds. The final pet memorial keepsake is a painting print, gallery-wrapped 12” x 16” canvas.
Bringman says she has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She earned her degree in art from San Diego State University. After a career in graphic design for agencies and major automotive brands in Southern California, she and her husband moved to Paso Robles four years ago. She has found outlets for both her fine and commercial art pursuits here in Paso Robles. She paints in both oil and acrylics, often painting cheerful images of brightly colored animals with a charming expression.
This new endeavor, Pet Angel Painting, has pulled together both her fine art and graphic design skills into one rewarding passion.
“I am so pleased to know that my pet memorials can help a pet owner move through grief to acceptance, “ she said. “Pet Angel Paintings have been a labor of love.”
To see some of her pet memorial keepsakes, go to petangelpainting.com.