I always loved animals and had every intention of becoming a veterinarian, until I took an art class in school. That’s where pencil, paper & pets became my passion. I then began the artistic adventure that followed through college by graduating Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design in 1985.  My career afforded me the opportunity to account manage clients in lithography, printing and eventually, fast forwarding to a dual career within the commercial marketing field at DiAndrea Media.  The creative path continues setting the stage for a colorful and rewarding profession that I enjoy every day.


My fine artwork reflects a personal passion for color…. mirroring emotions our pets intrinsically express to us by providing a snapshot of the heartfelt loyalty, unconditionally.


It was with that understanding of animal relationships that drove me to establish myself as a premier national canine illustrator earning awards at several national fine art competitions including The Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas & LSU’s International Exhibition on Animals in Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   I built an artistic reputation by participating in local, regional, and national exhibits throughout Pennsylvania, DC, Virginia, New York and beyond. Memorable honors include DOG FANCIERS canine artwork competition at Sardi’s restaurant in NYC and submission to the “Canine Treasures” exhibit at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis, MO.


As a dog lover and owner of Babette—a standard poodle, Bling Bling—Chinese Crested, Cloud —Chinese Crested and a fat Halflinger horse named “Annie Fannie,”   I know that creating a lasting portrait of a pet is a lifetime gift. Artwork is not only about the breed, it’s about the heart and soul of each pet found within every portrait that brings my clients back time and time again.


I’ve always enjoyed giving back to my community serving as past President for the Pennsylvania Artists Professional Association, Chairperson of “Day of the Arts” at Juniata Gap elementary school, volunteering  and past Board member with DREAMS GO ON (a therapeutic horseback riding group for special needs children and  private horse therapy rides for special individuals); Wise Women of Blair County Recipient Arts and Letters honor for outstanding professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication standing in the ARTS;  Former President of AMBUCS Altoona; Central PA Humane Society, Altoona Kennel Club,  Sister Paula’s Soup Kitchen Volunteer, and other organizations along the way that make a difference.  Leading by example and staying busy is just a way of life for me and the basis for a fulfilling life.


PetArtStudios looks forward to creating artwork tailored to your recommendations.

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I have been drawing for more years that I care to admit!!  Dog shows, Pet rescues, Animal Fairs, State Fairs and local, regional, and national exhibitions, galleries and personal opening under my belt to name a few venues.  All these shows have afforded me recognition in the animal art world. Its not the awards that mean the most but it’s the happiness I experience when a person sees their portrait completed.  

I gotZ Style!!

I started drawing in my youth and never stopped creating…. nor can I ever imagine myself without a work in progress. My artwork has developed over time, sometimes by accident and other times on purpose but continues to evolve.  What I love about my style is that my artwork stands out among other artists.  “Rachel Style” arose from experiences traveled through a variety of explorations, but my confidence stands proud and uniquely me. I followed my voice and honored my mediums, palettes and techniques.

PetArtStudios’ clients mean everything to me.

I know that life experiences have a profound affect on my artwork.  What Is key however, is the kindness of pet owners I have met though my artwork commissions.    My clients are so special to me.  I do not crank artwork out, but I take the time to present the details of each commissioned artwork.  I feel such pride when presenting a finished portrait. Through your finished artwork, the animal’s voice and personality shines.  .   

What’s your Pet Story?

Tell me about your pet.  It’s that simple. Tell me why you love them so…I’ll use your pets’ story to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.


Lets get started!

Let’s make dog art, cat art, and any other pet art you love!  Reach out by calling, emailing or texting and I will respond to you promptly. I will guide you on this exciting project step by step.



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311 Ridge Avenue

Altoona, PA 16602