Mischief's Pet Portraits is owned and operated by me, Missy Scott. Here's a pic of me smiling at you.
I create hand-painted portraits of your pet. Using my style and your images, I use color and attention to detail to capture your pet and their unique personality on canvas. In between custom pet portratis I paint Mother Natures's pets - wildlife.
I live and work in Portland, OR. I love to meet my clients! If you are in the Portland area and time allows, I am happy to meet at a public location to hand-deliver your order.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a vet. Until I found out what that actually meant. I wanted to become a vet to fix the animals. Always. I could not stand the thought of having to tell someone that I could not save their pet and they were gone forever. So I gave up on that idea. Life went on and when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had no answer.
My first job was at a vet/kennel when I was 15. Working there reinforced my respect for veterinarians and the fact that becoming one was not the career path for me. It also reinforced the fact that I really am drawn to animals and I prefer working with them to people. Not that I dislike people, I just really love animals.
I also love art and making things with my hands. When I went to college, it was an easy choice to study drawing and painting. I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Fine Art and shortly after I ended up at various office-type jobs. While I am great at filing paperwork (thanks to an overzealous attention to detail), it is not a career path and not the best use of my abilities.
A little over a year ago I started thinking about what I really want to do. If I could get paid to do something that I enjoy and that I am good at, what would that look like? It would have to be something where I was either making something or working with animals.
One day while in the shower, suds in my hair, I had an “Ah-ha” moment. I had the epiphany that I can do both and I should paint portraits of animals. And there it was: my life’s path. I found it in the bathroom. It just felt right. After testing the waters and doing a few paintings, I found that I was quite adept at capturing not only the look but also the personality of the pets that I was painting.
Even though I felt right away that it was a good idea, it took about a year to figure out why it truly felt right. A few months ago I got a heart-breaking call from my friend who had put down her wonderful 7-year-old boxer-lab mix Molotov, who I was actually in the process of painting a portrait of. I rushed to finish the painting and gave it to my friend.
A few weeks later she thanked me and told me that the portrait brings her comfort as it makes her feel like a little piece of Mol is still there. It was then that I realized I was solving my childhood dilemma. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be someone who could save everyone's pet so they could live on forever. Now, in a small way, that is what I do.
While I love house pets, I also adore all species of animals. So I have recently stated doing some wildlife portraits as well as pet portraits. Please feel free to ask for portraits of any animal you would like. I am happy to find to images to work from for any non-pet portraits.
To purchase a custom painting, visit the Shop and select the size you would like. I offer square format paintings ranging from 6" x 6" to 24" x 24" on 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas.
Next, you send me pictures of your pet(s) via email to
email@example.com. You can not send too many pictures - they give me a great feeling for personality and a good range to choose from. If you can, snap a well lit picture of them looking directly at you/the camera. No photos needed for wildlife portraits.
I will contact you to discuss which photo(s) to use your color preferences. Feel free to ask for any color combinations, inclusions or exclusions, or choose "artists choice" and let me surprise you. Please take a look at my Gallery to see my style and the colors I like to use.
With the colors and pictures picked out, I go to work. Using your photo for reference, I do my very best to capture the look and personality of your special pet. Each painting generally takes 25-40 hours to complete. Please see my Contact page for my current turn-around time.
Once completed, I will send you an image of the finished work for your approval. Please feel free to give me your honest feedback at that time, as I want you to be fully satisfied with your portrait. Please note that requested changes will add to the turn-around time.
With your approval, I will package and send the painting(s) to you via ground shipping. You receive the painting ready to hang. Put it on the wall and enjoy your one-of-a-kind portrait that is as unique as your pet!