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East Walpole, MA – Monday, December 10, 2012 – East Walpole Massachusetts resident and artist JT Harding has officially launched the companion animal portraiture component of his fine art business, and he is currently taking commissions. Harding, originally from a Philadelphia said he has always been a big animal lover and it shows in the soulful likeness he captures in each of his portraits. “My first oil portrait was of my cat BoBo. Friends saw the painting and began to commission me to paint their dogs,” commented Harding. But, it wasn’t until a recent horse commission that he realized how passionate he had become about painting companion animals. “I just fell in love with portraying the majesty of the equine,” stated Harding.
The business is building slowly through word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied clients, but the artist has also begun to market directly to horse owners and stables throughout the state. “I am concentrating my marketing efforts in New England where there is no shortage of horse lovers and I can provide a more personal service to my clients. However, I can work with clients throughout the United States,” noted Harding. “I really like to get to know the animal and owner so that I can portray something meaningful in my painting,” he added. A good example of this was a recent head and shoulders portrait of Mystic, a bay thoroughbred who is ridden in a local hunt club. The artist included a barn window behind the horse since the client had recently invested in a state-of-the-art stable. The finishing personal touch was her engraved name showing clearly on the bridle nameplate.
JT Harding Studios provides a comprehensive commission service that includes a free initial consultation, proposal, photography session, and even assistance with framing. Portraits proceed through an orderly 4-step process where the client can see and approve work in progress. There are many options including head and shoulders or full body paintings in various sizes. Backgrounds can be simple vignettes or more detailed scenes. He can even include people and other pets in the painting!
In addition to dog and horse commissions, the artist is also working on some sporting art paintings for 2013.