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Hi! I'm
puci (Darlene Pucillo) and oil painting is my thing...
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I'm looking forward to working with you to capture the essence of your beloveds in oil paints; from your photos.(A memorial portrait painting can be a special way to honor your beloveds as well as to provide a measure of comfort in their physical absence.)
Email me with questions &/or to get started:
I'm already taking orders for Christmas 2019, with free shipping on the 8x8" & the 8x10" sizes

Sample 8x8" custom Oil Portraits
intimate & close-in; loose brushwork; minimal background
painting of golden lab Moose (BigLove Moose) pet portrait painting of black lab Louie Golden Lab with head slightly tilted
custom oil painting of white kitten with big eyes, blue background
painting of happy Pit Bull Terrier in summer sun
black and white cat with long whiskers, colorful background
painting of a Schnoodle with cocked head, green background oil painting, German Shepard in water Black Lab swimming underwater fun painting of happy dog with doddles in background
black poodle oil painting, close in animated face of a dog with white curly hair happy face American Pit Bull Rotti Pitchu means dear one and this black cat has stars in her eyes
solumn face of a white dog against blue sky and yellow flowers Vizsla, custom dog portrait oil painting Boxer, pink tontue out head of boxer in black and white
lab retriever Jackson with his tonge hanging out black cat with lit red ears

• Thinking about a size you see don't here?

• Want a painting of your pet iguana?

• How about a painting of Snowball-Kitty
with Auntie Maria, Uncle Fred AND little cousin Ali?

• Want all 7 beloved pets in your painting?

Sure Thing!
Contact me with your ideas & photos:

Sample 8x10" custom Oil Portraits
perhaps a bit more of pet's body; minimal background; lively brushwork
Plott Hound in golden light, orange background
pet portrait painting, very close-in, Golden lab in sepia tones
Sample 10x10"s custom Oil Portraits
fun square size, more room for detail and the pet's full body too
painting of tuxedo cat looking through the curtains Rotti swimming in azure-blue lake, many reflections, thick paint custom pet portrait, Beagle mix with serious face in snow painting of rusty-gray tabby laying on blue satin dog painting, sideview of border collie Louie with road beyond,
painting of fluffy white dog in grass with clover custom painting of fluffy persian kitty on blue pillow paintining of Chausie jungle cat,large cat paws, human hand touching chin
painting of gray tabby, big eyes with ornate background painting of calico cat on pink satin, big green eyes custom painting of orange tabby cat in a planter custom painting of golden lab iwth fisheye big nose oil painting of schnauzer Skipper on the couch,

Sample 10x12"s custom Oil Portraits

allows more space for a specific background
Spaniel on carpeted steps looking forward                  Orange tabby curled up, window behind him        painting of cute little dog named Twink on blanket with plush toys

12x12"s custom Oil Portraits   
a terrific size in the square format that works well with other 12x12"s groupings on your wall
   Golden Retriever laying on pier near special summer home   Studlely Dudley says the collar as Daschund Dudley stands in bright golden glow in grass, ocean below   pet portrait painting of fluffy dog named Foxy, tapestry background

12x16"s custom Oil Portraits     
just a good-lookin' size
Riley with wallpaper background aka artist K. Wiley                 fun-loving boone in plastic kiddy pool set in mud and grass
handsome boxer head and chest against autumn trees and part of his doghouse      grey tabby on pink cushion under portico in woods           

16x20"s custom Oil Portraits
one of many traditional sizes for portraiture as well as a standard frame size      CLICK TO ENLARGE (SOME IMAGES)

18x24"s and Larger custom Oil Portraits 
where your imagination has no limits
    painting of Golden Lab-Chow Mix sitting tall and handsome with water/mountain landscape 

doubles & triples (various sizes) custom Oil Portraits  
larger sizes accommodates 3 or more Pets-in-One-Painting      CLICK TO ENLARGE (SOME IMAGES)

    cute couple, black french boxer and tan pug        

Sample Pets-with-Persons (various sizes)   

capture in oil paints that most special loving bond. (A custom person-portrait only is also possible.)      CLICK TO ENLARGE (SOME IMAGES)

Sample Pets-in-Costume
shown here are Neil Patrick Harris with his cuties Watson, Fred & Gidget of the Neil Patrick Harris-Burtka Gang
LG-Mobile Contest Winner Eric with his Royals Imas & Jonas

pets in costumes are so cute, and they'll love you for not REALLY making them wear those outrageous get-ups     MANY MORE Pets-in-Costume SAMPLES HERE

The Scoop (the long/LA and short/SA of it):
 How does this all work?
SA Really well, really
LA Start by emailing some photos to me: puci@puciart.com (large size photos with good resolution please)
     - I create the pre-painting composition using your photos and Adobe Photoshop
     - Once you OK the composition, I paint the portrait
     - I email you some photos of the finished painting
     - You make payment
     - I mail your painting to you
     - all in about 5-6 weeks

Q  How do I get my photos to you?
SA Whatever works, but send good ones* OK?
LA Several ways:
     1. via email: you may send your digital photo(s) to my email address: puci@puciart.com
     2. via snail mail: you may send originals or a color copy of your photo(s) to my postal address
     3. via internet: I can take a screenshot of your photo(s) from the internet if you have it posted somewhere and if the photo(s) are a large file size with good resolution
     * (A good photo will be a large file size, no harsh flash, have good contrast of the pet, will be sharp, and will ideally be at close range)

Q  I can't get a good photo of Bubbles. What should I do?
Doggy & kitty treats might help
If all else fails, just send me what you've got and we'll go from there. I'll probably compensate by going with a more abstract brushwork, vibrant color scheme,
     and/or surrounding the pet with lots of background space.

Q  How long does it take?
About 5-6 weeks most of the year
LA Thinking Christmas gifts? Great! But please give me plenty of advance notice, as I'm usually "booked" sometime in October; and I must allow time for the oil paints to dry & for shipping too.
     (I do have an alternate option that has worked well in Christmas's past. Interested in knowing more? Let's chat: puci@puciart.com )

Q  May I order a size larger than 8x8" or more than one pet in the same painting? How about Mom with her dear MiniPoo?
Absolutely and... the more the merrier
LA Here are some sample size/price options.

Q  Should I expect any extra charges?
Maybe; but NEVER any surprise charges; we'll always discuss it first.
I'm happy to accomodate requests for a simple background and/or "prop" (such as a beloved toy) at no extra charge when customer photos are provided.
     However, some situations may incur an additional 10% of the painting price, such as:
     -- requests for a specific and/or significant background when proper customer photos are not provided
     -- the need for puci to fill-in incomplete & complex customer photos (such as missing body parts)
     -- fixing poor photo resolution of your photos by incorporating puci's own reference photos
     -- a complex &/or specific composition that requires more time (in my pre-painting digital studio) than usual
     -- significant changes to a successful finished painting (especially when requests are made AFTER you've OK'ed the pre-painting composition)

Q  How much will shipping cost?
Not too much
The 12x12" or smaller size painting will cost $19.35 S&H when mailed within the U.S. via USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail. Larger sizes vary in price.
     - The cost of signature confirmation is included. Optional insurance is on you.
     - Locals may pick up the painting in person and eliminate all these fees.
     - International buyers please email me for shipping prices: puci@puciart.com

Q  How do I pay you?
Hopefully with a smile LA We'll figure out which option is best for you: PayPal, personal check, cashier's check, money order, credit card and cash accepted; Thanks.

Q  When do I pay you?
When you smile
I don't expect final payment until AFTER you've seen photos of the finished oil painting. Paintings $300 or more will require a 20% deposit; Thanks.

Q  I'd like my painting to last a long time.
I'm on that
Your finished oil portrait will be painted on prepared cotton fabric stretched/mounted onto a prepared hardwood board and stapled to the back.
     I use a varnish-type medium after the painting is finished (as a protective coating as well as to provide an even sheen on the dried oil paints.)
     Oil paints are rich in color and resilient to time and to the elements.

Q  Can you describe your process a little bit?
Sure thing.
I hand-paint all my paintings using oil paints and brushes. (You'll be able to see the texture of the paint, especially in the areas that I think need a thicker application of oil paint.)
After we chat about your vision for the painting & we decide on the best photo(s) to base the painting on, I work out the composition in Adobe Photoshop for you to OK. Then, I transfer
this image onto the prepared painting surface in preparation to paint. I also print out a copy of this composition to use as my guide as I'm painting

Q  Can I frame the painting myself?
The painting will be ready to hang as is (with the sides painted) or you may frame it just as a painting on stretcher bars is framed.

puci Customer Feedback (real names by permission)
also, lots of wonderful reviews HERE (thank you very much!)
"We LOVE it!!!! Thank you so much!!" ~Joe & Christine Bramuchi (Ruby's portrait)
"We were so excited and happy to get it! I sat right down and wrote a long note to you with tears all over it!... I feel you can almost
  see her little soul in her eyes". ~Diane Solomon (portrait of Olivia)
"The painting you did of Codi is absolutely gorgeous in person!! In fact, I may have to keep it for myself and get another done for mom."
  ~Julie Jackson (portrait of Codi)
"It's gorgeous! Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much our clients are going to love this." ~Christie Shepard (Quincy's portrait)
"My family, as predicted, absolutely lost their minds over your paintings.  My mom actually cried, LOL.  Oh, moms ;)" 
  ~Leanna Trunzo (portraits of Caesar, Chester, Chloe, Lenny and Louie)
"We just received the Zue painting! ... We are blessed to  have your work on our wall!"  ~Kerry Andrews (portrait of Zue Zue)
"Darlene!!!! I just received Dante's portrait .. and I was in tears!! The eyes say it all.. you captured Dante's eyes so beautifully .... I just keep looking at them in the painting then back to Dante in real life! Really wonderful ... and I cannot thank you enough. You truly are a gifted artist!"  ~Tiffany Wilson (Dante's portrait)

"I LOOOOOVE IT!""perfect this is perfect thanks so much."
"...Do you capture personality, or what???? Every painting - personality PLUS."
"Just wanted to thank you again for the lovely portrait...(he) will love it this Christmas."
"It arrrived today and all I can really say is WOW, the work you did is just absolutely amazing. I'm floored..."
"The painting arrived yesterday. It is awesome! ...it made him cry! He loves it."
"... It really captured his look and his spirit.  Thank you so much, we really love it."  
"thanks you soooo much my sweet man will love it!" 
"we just got it.  I absolutely love it."
"That is awesome!!! Thank you so much!!"
"It is going to be a great mother's day present my mom will cherish forever!"

images and content © 2019 Darlene Pucillo (aka: puci)
(Purchase of these paintings entitles the purchaser to the original art only. All reprocduction rights remain the property of the artist.)