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In a city like Los Angeles, why stop at spoiling our pets with clothes, therapy, spa treatments and pet vacations? With artist Chris Galligan’s pet portraits, we animal owners can now have beautiful and lasting pieces of art commemorating our furry friends.

Galligan, a Los Angeles native, began creating his tongue-in-cheek pet portraits eight years ago and recently, he opened his online gallery, where folks can commission him for personalized portraitures or they can simply purchase prints from his various lines of animal portraits. Galligan says that the most popular orders are for wouldn’t you know, small dog paintings -- Pugs, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and small Terriers. He certainly hasn’t limited himself to dogs -- Galligan has painted cows, rabbits, lizards, birds and even pot-bellied pigs to satisfy his animal-loving clientele.

After receiving a request for a commission, Chris works off of an owner provided picture and conducts a discussion as to the pet’s personality. The process from Galligan receiving a picture to the customer receiving the finished canvas takes about six weeks when it isn’t holiday season. What the customer takes away at the end of the process is a painting of their beloved pet with their personality quirks shining through the canvas. Galligan offers portraits ranging from extra large (30x30) to small (15x15), and with price points that cater to all kinds of customers, anyone can enjoy these youthful inspired whimsical pieces.

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A life-long animal lover and advocate, Chris donates a portion of his fees to various animal charities. That’s why we like him so much, besides for his talent of course. He also offers gift cards and prints as well, all of which can be found at his online gallery. To contact Chris Galligan email him at

Photo provided by Chris Galligan