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Artist Statement

"Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. they connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here."

​-Trisha McCagh

What first fascinated me about the human face when I began my studies of figural paintings still intrigues me when I study the faces of animals--no two are the same. Our pets speak to us through their eyes. That’s what I consider to be the most important feature in my watercolor paintings. My body of work, which I call “Soulful Pet Portraits,” reflects my desire to express the inner essence of each of the animals I paint.


My fascination with portraying the soul or aura is intimately involved with the palette of colors that I choose to identify each animal, to bring the image of those pets to life. My paintings are created directly out of my belief that the behavior of our domesticated animals is a message to mankind, related to the very essence of unconditional love. Each animal has its own story, and its own particular relationship with its human family.They are part of the good in this world, and impact our lives in many ways. No two stories of pet relationships are the same. I strive to honor all animals, their families, and their stories through my paintings.

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