About the Art

Though there are clearly some constant themes throughout my work, I tend to think of each painting I make as a unique and individual piece. But, if I had to pin it down, I'd say the overall spirit conveyed frequently contains considerable tension, psychological unease... between thought and action, between memory and perception, between behavior and drive. Often times this theme stands in contrast to the gestural lines and subtle edges that characterize my technique. It's an impressionist style that traps my figures in another time or state of being. Figurative artist, pet portraits, pet paintings, dog paintings, family portraits, california impressionist, camarillo artist, ventura, oxnard, thousand oaks, agoura hills, westlake, los angeles, Woodland Hills, Encino, Santa Monica, Pasadena, calabassas, malibu, simi valley, long beach, ventura county, orange county, Los Angeles county, Burbank, Glendale, West Hollywood, North Hollywood, studio City, Sherman Oaks, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, Santa Barbara County, carpinteria, Bel Air, Beverly Hills area artist, dogs, cats, pets, landscapes, illustration, fine art, horses, horse paintings, horse portraits, horse portrait, horse painting, dog portrait artist, dog portrait painter, pet portrait artist, pet portrait painter, horse portrait painter, fine art pet portrait, pet portrait Los Angeles, dog portrait Los Angeles, horse portrait Los Angeles, pet portrait Santa Barbara, yorkie painting, jack russell terrier painting, jack russel painting, golden retriever painting, golden painting, bulldog painting, spaniel painting, puppy painting, cat painting, corgi painting. Other paintings include Bassett Hound painting, chihuahua painting, beagle painting, collie painting. Paintings of your favorite dog breed.

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Artist Biography

A fifth-generation Californian, Greig was raised with the stories of the Old West and the beautiful, rugged California wilderness: rocky coastline, alpine lakes and blooming deserts. The flavor of these stories runs as an undercurrent throughout her work today. The figures and the settings may be modern, but the overall tenor of her work is quiet, nostalgic and dreamlike.

Elizabeth was born in Camarillo, just north of Los Angeles. She says she was born to be an artist, drawing constantly from the time she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her artistic abilities always got a lot of attention from peers but she had little formal training as an artist until she took a drawing class for fun during her sophomore year of college. With the encouragement of her drawing teacher, she switched majors and completed a BA degree in art in 1996.

For the first two years after college, Cawelti worked as an art teacher at Cornerstone school in Camarillo. Since then, she has worked as a graphic designer, gradually shifting from print advertising to freelance illustration and web design. She has lived in Arizona, Hawaii and Georgia, returning home to California in 2004 to raise a family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I've tried to answer some of the questions I'm commonly asked about my pet portraits and painting methods. If your question isn't answered here, feel free to email me.

Can you put both of my pets in the same painting even if I don't have a photo of them together?

Yes, I can put multiple pets in the same painting using different photos, if the lighting and angle of the photos are similar.

Can you paint me, my child, or my family with my pet?

Absolutely! I actually started as a human portrait artist before I started painting pets. Just send me a photo and I can give you a quote.

When will I get my painting?

When you place your order, I will give you a date for completion. Typically I need two to three weeks to complete a small painting and four to six weeks to complete a larger painting. During the holidays, these times might be longer. Let me know if you need the painting by a certain date and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I ship via US Priority Mail so your painting will arrive 2 to 5 days after completion, depending on where you live. If you are in the LA area, you are always welcome to pick up your painting in person.

How do I frame a canvas?

I can frame and ship the painting ready-to-hang for an additional charge (see pricing), or you can frame the painting yourself. The canvasses I use are about 3/4" to 7/8" inches deep. You can either find a frame that accommodates that depth or you can use offset clips with a shallower frame.

What materials do you use?

I use professional quality acrylic paints on archival quality, traditional-profile stretched canvas. Acrylics have the look and feel of oils, without the fumes and slow drying times.

Are these original paintings or do you use some kind of printing method?

I am a traditionally trained, professional artist living in the Los Angeles area. All the paintings I create are hand-painted entirely by me and are unique works of art. You are right to be wary. There are many companies out there offering pet portraits on canvas that are really just photoshopped prints touched up with paint.

What is your technical approach to painting?

Here is a video where I attempt to explain my painting process.

How long have you been painting?

For almost 20 years!

Where can I see your work in person?

I do a number of shows every year in the LA, Ventura, and Santa Barbara areas. If you are local or plan to visit LA, send me an email and I'll glady add you to my mailing list.

Do you give lessons?

Not at this time.

Pet Portrait Painting of a collie dog by artist Elizabeth Cawelti Pet Portrait Painting of a Jack Russel Terrier by California Artist Elizabeth Cawelti Pet Portrait Painting of a Bulldog by California Artist Elizabeth Cawelti Pet Portrait Painting of a white German Shepherd lounging in a chair by artist Elizabeth Cawelti Pet Portrait Painting of two Shih Tzu dogs by California Artist Elizabeth Cawelti