The majority of people come to me because they lost a pet and want something beautiful by which to remember them. I had once lost my passion for painting and wanted to create something with purpose.
Now, in collaboration between my customers' desires and my own, both are seemingly resurrected.
What sets my work apart from other pet artists is my ability to render an ideal form of the animal by implementing my photographic expertise; I replicate the pet from photo composites and adjust color, exposure, and depth of field.
I enjoy using soft pastels because it requires taking a dust-like substance—fragile and messy—that crumbles in the hands and turning it into a striking representation of life.
Instead of recreating a generic animal of a certain breed, I capture the eyes, characteristics, and personality of the specific pet. This results in a truly unique piece of art that the owner emotionally attaches to. This intimate connection is created by my attention to the minute details of each animal. While this may be overlooked by the general public, it is not missed by the pets’ loving owners.
People are passionate about their pets, and I’m passionate about bringing joy to people through what I create. When those two devotions collide, a work of art that is invaluable to its recipient is created rather than just a drawing.
Bio of Olivia White
Growing up, Olivia was a creative child; she spent her time sculpting, painting and drawing. She first received recognition of her photorealism art in high school through the US Congressional Art Competition, which led her to study art and photography in college.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University in 2012 and started running a photography business. After a few years of photographing weddings, portraits, and fashion, she decided to look for an office job with steady income. A year into a job with financial security, she struggled with the lack of creativity, passion, and purpose in her life. In 2015 she felt called to create art full time.
As a Christmas gift for her sister that year, she created a photo realism pastel drawing of her dog. Although pastels were new to her, she kept practicing. She stuck with the niche of pets when, in November 2016, her cousin (reality tv star of Southern Charm) graciously shared Olivia’s work with her fans on social media. Overnight, her hobby became a business with customers all over the United States.
In the Press
(Southern Charm Show)
Reality tv star (and Olivia's cousin), Cameran Wimberly, shared on her Instagram account (over 1 million followers) a hilarious photo of her husband with a commissioned pet portrait of their neighbor's dog.
(Greenville, SC's lifestyle magazine)
Olivia received a two page spread feature as their artist of the month. Included is part of her artist statement, bio, and photos.