A Portrait Memory for Proud Pet Parents
Mollie Fout lives in Conway with her husband, Jeff. She has always been an artist. As a child, her favorite thing to draw was animals. She got a bachelor’s degree in studio art, followed by a master’s degree in counseling, and planned to pursue a career in art therapy. But along the way, she moved to South Carolina, where jobs in art therapy were scarce.
When she retired in 2012, she began painting more and more for friends— small architectural paintings and drawings, portraits of pets, seascapes and landscapes.
“Of all the things I paint, I get the most emotional satisfaction from painting animals because I just love them,” Mollie tells me.
Recently, she decided to open her own small business— Prized Pet, to extend her portrait services for the benefit of all pet parents in the Market Common and beyond. Mollie offers custom acrylic paintings of your beloved animal companion in two sizes— 11×14 and 16×20. She also offers less formal pen and ink
drawings in sizes 5×7 and 8×10. The finished portrait comes either gallery wrapped, or in a simple wooden frame which gives a casual finish to the portrait, but she also sources, upcycles and refurbishes unique, more elaborate frames by request.
“I feel strongly people like what I provide,” she says. “And I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.”
Mollie will work from several photographs of an animal to ensure she portrays the facial features accurately. Current turn-around time is several weeks. In her queue she has a pot bellied pig, a cat, several dogs, and potentially, a horse.
“I’ll do anything but snakes,” she says.