I share studio space with my fiancé, artist Darlene Fuhst and our Dalmatian, Maggie and our Siamese cat, Kitty. Our studio is located in Greenville, South Carolina. We are just a few hours from Atlanta and Charlotte and just minutes away from the Carolina mountains. Clients are welcome to come and see our home studio.
I have yet to work with a pet that is willing to sit still long enough for me to finish a piece. Typically I will work with a large number of photographs as my reference materials.
Whenever possible I prefer to take the photographs myself. So much of my work is about capturing a personality of the subject and I feel I have a better opportunity to accomplishing this when I have had the opportunity to actually meet your pet.
If it is not possible for me to meet your pet in person, I can work from photographs that you supply. The general rule is the more images I have to use as reference material the better. I have compiled a list of photo-tips that I will share with you if you prefer to send me your own photographs.
You can visit the commission page for more information on pricing.
Currently I do not sell prints of my work. I encourage people to seek out and purchase original art. There is such an amazing quality about surrounding yourself with original art and I encourage everyone to have that same experience. Besides if we all hang the same images on our walls what fun would it be to peer in the neighbor’s house.
Absolutely, it is not uncommon for people to have more than one pet and it can be difficult to decide which one to have depicted in a painting. Some clients have requested individual pieces of each pet and some have requested that more than one pet be included in a single painting. There is an extra charge for multiple animals in an single painting or drawing.
Of course I can. I have had quite a bit of experience with portrait painting. If you would like to see some of my “two-legged” paintings, please feel free to look at some of my work at my other site. www.ohlinger.com
I am more than willing to consider your request. It is always rewarding to know that my work can have such a positive effect on so many people. We make a large amount of donations each year and are limited in the number we can honor, but please feel free to make a request.
Yes, we have a Dalmatian named Maggie and a Siamese cat we simply call Kitty.
I hope this may have answered your questions. If not, please feel free to ask your own.