Carla Gebhard Designs: A Portrait of Oscar

As many of you know, although there are indeed five little doves, as a family there is also a sixth little dove who is a huge part of the family – our dog, Oscar. At seven years old Oscar is the most adorable little dog (although wow, he can bark!!) and now, with the children all in school, he is the best company throughout the day, curled up at my feet.

Over the Summer we were approached by Carla Gebhard who offered to paint a customised portrait of Oscar for us, and of course we said yes! Carla works at Carla Gebhard Designs where, after losing her family Boxer dog Melissa, she found that painting pictures of really helped her to cope with the loss. When her paintings began to get the recognition they absolutely deserved, she started to take orders for pet portraits via facebook.

In 2016, following brain surgery, Carla decided to turn her hobby into a business, working around her health conditions and putting a positive spin on it, something which I can absolutely relate to. At the beginning of 2018 she became an Official Prince’s Trust Supported Business and Carla Gebhard Designs, now specialising in Custom Paintings, Prints and Personalised Greetings Cards, has gone from strength to strength.

Working with Carla could not have been any easier and I think this is where her love of, not only painting but, animals really shows. When her portrait of Oscar arrived I couldn’t get over just how well she had captured both Oscars appearance and mischievous nature.

The detail in the painting appears so simple and yet creates the most true to life portrait of Oscar. As soon as the children saw it they were over the moon, asking “Please can that go in our bedroom?”.

With custom pet portraits starting at £25, I think this is such a gorgeous idea to celebrate pets we have loved, and also lost. I know that in many years from now, hopefully in the very distant future, this portrait of Oscar will be a real comfort to us.

For more information visit Carla Gebhard Designs. 


** We were gifted this portrait in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own **



  1. Jesusa Gilliam
    September 12, 2018 / 4:04 am

    Aww this is so sweet! That is a great picture, I love all the details. I love the idea of having a painted portrait of our pets.
    The boys would love it too!

  2. September 12, 2018 / 6:46 am

    It is indeed a gorgeous idea. I’m sure my dog Ashley would love one. Will forward this to my wife too. I’m sure she will get in touch!

  3. September 12, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Oh wow, Oscar is super adorable. I love the painting too. Thanks for the idea, I’d like to have a painting of our baby kitty.

  4. Carla
    September 12, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Aww thank you so much for such lovely and kind words about my paintings! x

  5. September 12, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    A family pet is one thing that can grow on you, as you share so many hours, play dates in the park, cuddling with the kids and all those other moment you hate and love.After 7 years it seems oscar has your family all tied up, well they all do that in time. It takes a special person to either paint or draw animals, as they do what they want. But when they give you the time super special images like the above are possible.

  6. September 13, 2018 / 4:22 am

    Awe, Oscar is such a cutie! Carla’s painting really does justice to his cuteness! My brother-in-law has a lab and it would make a perfect gift to get a portrait of him. Thanks for sharing this idea! x

  7. September 13, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Wow i love this portrait. Oscar is really cute. The painting is lovely, i would love to have something like this for scobby my 3years old dog

  8. September 14, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I love the portrait! I never thought about getting a portrait done for my pet, but this is a great idea! PS-Your dog is super cute!

  9. September 14, 2018 / 8:19 am

    This is so cute! You did well Carla Gebhard!
    I’m looking forward to see more of your paintings.

  10. September 15, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Carla sounds like an incredible lady and hope her business continues to grow and gain recognition. Love her painting of Oscar

  11. September 30, 2018 / 2:13 am

    What a beautiful dog and a lovely picture very detailed, I’m very impressed and can’t wait to see some more of your artwork.

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