Meet the Artist Who Makes Pet Portraits Using Old Issues of Willamette Week
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Meet the Artist Who Makes Pet Portraits Using Old Issues of Willamette Week

Meet the Artist Who Makes Pet Portraits Using Old Issues of Willamette Week The Vancouver, Wash., artist says she reads both local papers, and instead of throwing them away when she’s done, Jordan scraps her favorite bold prints and big headlines and adds them to the pet portraits she’s commissioned to paint. "Honestly, in this day and age, if you’re not doing what you can to reduce, reuse and recycle, you’re lame," she says. "Then they can make something that will last forever, and it’s not just tossed into a shredder or something like that." Painting has been a hobby of Jordan’s since high school, but three years ago, she began offering commissioned pet portraits. Last year, her business started booming. Often, she’s asked to paint memorial portraits, but plenty of people also want to glorify their pets while they’re still alive. Jordan, who owns a blue tabby cat named Keekee and a 14-week-old akita-shepherd mix named Bowie Von Dog, says she understands why her clients would rather have a painted portrait instead of a photograph. "It’s like, ‘Somebody put a lot of time and effort into my animal,’" she says. "They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, you get it, […]

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