Painter, chihuahua-lover and professional control-freak, Sydney Hardin, creates hand-painted pet portraits that combine a Pop sensibility with an obsessive attention to detail, capturing your pet's singular personality. All of Syd's paintings are zero-VOC latex enamel house paint on canvas, and their uniquely slick surface is produced by applying flat layers of paint with a no. 4 liner brush. In order to achieve the hyperrealistic quality of her portraits, Syd spends well over 40 hours with each painting, examining each shadow and nuance, each hair, whisker and feather. After all, she believes it's the little details that make a portrait come alive, and she has the giant stack of tiny brushes to prove it.
At 37 years old, Syd has spent over half of her life as a painter: starting with deflated blowup dolls as subjects (a story for another time) and graduating to pets! She often says, "Six-year-old me would be really proud of how I turned out. When I was six, I wanted to be four things: an artist, a paleontologist, a veterinarian and a unicorn. Well, two out of four ain't too bad if you ask me. I'll leave it up to you to decipher which two won out, but I'll give you a hint: I have a B.F.A. in Painting and Art History and absolutely no background in science. Also, I have this weird bump in the center of my forehead, but we don't have to discuss it." My pop pet portraits combine a flat, graphic style with bright colors and an obsessive attention to detail, capturing your pet's singular personality. I believe that the little details make a portrait come alive, and I have the giant stack of tiny brushes to prove it. It's incredibly rewarding to create these one-of-a-kind gifts celebrating the animals with whom we share our lives and I can't imagine a better job.
Intrigued? Excellent! Check out my website to place a custom portrait order or to discuss options: www.thepopzoo.com