I liked what this artist said about pastels, so I thought I would share her article (see link). Below is a pet portrait that I did in pastels.

Pastel Pet Portrait by Ellen Eschwege

Pet portrait by Ellen Eschwege


Cat portrait

And so it is now a week since my Cassie passed away. She was almost 20 years young. Not bad. She was spunky and full of life up until the last couple of weeks. Her purr could be heard on the next block. She was one of those sweet, white and fluffy types. Her self-appointed positions included secretary extraordinare, wardrobe consultant and reliable alarm clock. She always performed these tasks well and with gusto.

So here is the picture I used to do her pet portrait:


Cassie photograph


And here is the portrait I did from it:


Cassie Pet Portrait


I still have her brother Thor. I hope he sticks around for a bit. Took this recently:


He’s a real sweetheart.

I am the fortunate one.

For more info about pet portraits that I do please visit my Pet Portraits page.

Love and Light,


Into the Light

Out of the chaos, I cling to hope and a brighter future. Presently I project to invest my time and energy in producing new artwork and living my life from a clear center of defined purpose. This last year has been a bleeping rollercoaster.  I used to like rollercoasters, but not the emotional/financial kind that I have been on since my mother died.

I am an artist. I enjoy doing portraits, pets or people. I like working with old photos.  I plan on doing more nostalgic art. I enjoy working in different media.  I am available for commissioned artwork. Please contact me at if you have a sincere interest in having a custom artwork done for you.


Charcoal portrait drawing

Charcoal drawing from old photo

Pastel Pet Portrait by Ellen Eschwege

Pet portrait

Pet portraits sale

Weekend special: 10% off your pet portrait order. Now through Sunday June 14.
Father’s Day is around the corner. Give a gift that will last a lifetime. I offer pet portrait gift certificates.

Your order makes a difference. 10% of your pet portrait order will be donated to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. They are the kindest, most compassionate people that I have ever met in the pet industry. They made the passing of my beloved cat Athena, she was 17 1/2, a beautiful, caring experience. I will not forget their incredible genuine caring for me and my cat.

Email me at with your interest in having a portrait done.

Pet portrait

Pet portrait

Pastel Pet Portrait by Ellen Eschwege

Pet portrait

Animals are the best


Cassie on her perch

This is an old picture but I like it. When I first brought the new scratching post home, Cassie immediately claimed the top perch as her territory. Athena, not in this picture took up residence at the base. Too funny. Cassie is now 18 1/2 years old. Still playful and going strong, along with her brother Thor.

This is her pet portrait.

Cassie Pet Portrait

Cassie Pet Portrait

I love animals, so I started doing pet portraits. I have a couple more examples on my site. I would greatly appreciate it if you would honestly consider having one done and contacting me. I am trying to build this up so I can do it as a primary source of income. I haven’t been doing it long but you could help me build my portfolio. I have very reasonable rates and I guarantee my work.

Capture the memory to enjoy for years to come. Please visit my pet portrait page to order your pet portrait. I accept major credit cards.

I love animals

I bet you love animals too. I enjoy drawing them.

I do pet portraits in pastels. I have recently lowered my prices to make them accessible to more people.

Please visit my Custom Artwork page for pricing info.

Pet portrait

Pet portrait

Contact me at to place your order.
I need 2-3 good photos of your pet.
All you need is 50% down and the rest upon final approval.
I take credit cards. Payments are processed through PayPal.

Thanks and have a great day.


Art in Palm Beach County

There is a thriving arts community here. Something that I find very attractive about the area. I have only been living here a little over a year but I have already met a lot of people in the arts field and started exhibiting locally. Quite amazing.

I love visiting the local galleries to see what other artists are doing. On Tuesday, my curiosity brought me to the Palm Beach Cultural Council Gallery in Lake Worth, FL. Here’s the link for more info . Enjoyed most of what I saw. Should have taken pictures to share some comments on what I saw. Oh well, next time. Live and learn. I particularly enjoyed the solo exhibits by Barbara Wasserman and Muriel S. Kaplan. Nice work.

My interests in art, as far as what I like to paint/draw, range from animals and landscapes to spiritual abstracts. I started doing pet portraits a couple of years ago and would like to pursue this further. Here is one of my works:

Pet portrait

Pet portrait

If you are interested in having a pet portrait done, please contact me at . Please share this post and pass it on to any animal or art lovers out there. Your help is appreciated.