Fashion Illustrator Barbara Tyler Ahlfield Adds Fashionable Pet Portraits to Her Portfolio

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Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, an exhibitor at the Artexpo/SOLO New York 2014, brings a stylish approach to traditional pet portraiture. Ahlfield states her inspiration for the new addition to her portfolio comes from her love of animals and current collection of “Fantasy Oil Paintings”.

Cheeto in her element

Ahlfield has the special ability of capturing a pets unique personality in her work which creates a life-like energy in their portrait.

Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, a leading retail fashion illustrator for the last three decades announces the addition of pet portraiture to her portfolio. Commission requirements entail detailed photos of the pet subject as well as a description of personality.

"Fashionable painting should not be limited to people only, a fashionable attitude can be conveyed in animal portraiture as well," says Ahlfield.

Ahlfield, a keen observer of her own pets, admires the natural grace and built-in fashionable sensibility in the limitless variation of the suiting of our four-footed companions. Her animal oil portraits combine a keen likeness with an elegant attitude and complimentary background.

Ahlfield has the special ability of capturing a pet’s unique personality in her work which creates a life-like energy in their portrait.

“One of my favorite and first pet portraits is of my own pet, Cheeto kitty. I was able to capture the elegant setting she lives in but accentuate her quirky personality in a beautiful work of art. By offering this new service as part of my portfolio it allows anyone to keep the memory of a pet alive on the family portrait wall,” continued Ahlfield.

In a soft launch of new addition to her portfolio, two of Ahlfield’s pet portraitures were exhibited at Artexpo New York/SOLO 2013 in March to many favorable reviews. Please visit Ahfield’s website to request a custom pet portraiture.

Ahlfield will be exhibiting her Fantasy Fashion Oil collection entitled "Pose" at Artexpo/SOLO New York in April of 2014. This collection will be large 4/5' canvasses of women in fantasy fashion mode.

For more information on Barbara Tyler Ahlfield and her illustrations please visit:

About Barbara Tyler Ahlfield:

Barbara started drawing at the age of two and was soon decorating her bedroom walls with crayon fashion drawings. As a child she was fascinated with the glamorous fashion she saw in the old black and white films on Television as well as the formal portraits she studied during children’s classes at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Following college, she united her loves of art and fashion into a career that spanned 30 years as one of the leading, award winning retail fashion illustrators in the country.

The archive of her illustrations is one of the few existing collections of American fashion illustration over the last quarter century and offers a retrospective of the American woman’s changing sense of style as well as changing illustrative styles. On any given day her full page illustrations appeared in many of the major newspapers in the country including the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc. showcasing top American fashion designers for the major US department stores such as Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Dillards, John Wannamaker and many more. For more information please visit:

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