In the capable hands of Peter Griffin, a picture is worth a thousand arf-arfs, meow-meows or tweet-tweets.
That’s because this life-long artist, who now lives in Rice Point, has made it part of his artistic business to paint portraits of pets of all kinds to delight their owners.
“I do a lot of portraitures. You’d be surprised at the types of things that people will ask you to do a portrait of, obviously themselves, but of boats and some of the most interesting things. But pet portraiture was something I really enjoyed,” says Griffin, who is donating a future piece of a pet of a person’s choosing as a prize for the third annual SpayAid Art for Animals Dinner and Auction on Sat. Oct. 2 at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown.
This event, which will feature art by other Island artists, will also include local crafts, gift certificates and other items.
At the start of his career, Griffin studied at the Ontario College of Art, Sheridan and other schools in Ottawa where he was based until recently.
“I’ve been doing (art) in different forms for a little over 35 years. . . ,” he says of his vast array of disciplines that include sculpture, illustrations, painting, design and more.
“I have a narrative style. I’m a realist. I also have an illustrative style as well. My style is always evolving (so) it allows me to be constantly working in different styles which keeps me happy. It keeps me fresh.”
Griffin and his wife Karrie decided to make a fresh summer vacation start to P.E.I. in 1995 and continued that until they moved here permanently in 2007.
“The very first time we came here we fell in love with it,” he says.
It’s been nearly 20 years since Griffin flipped head over heels in artistic interest with pet portraiture.