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About Carol Lew

Carol Lew studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art and has had an interest in painting for most of her life. For the past eighteen years, her artwork has been inspired by a love of animals, country life, and history. She paints her subjects with simplicity, directness, and whimsy using oil paints that are traditional to classic historical portraiture.

Lew says of her portraits “There’s something about my artwork that’s deeper to me than just putting a dress on a pooch. Classic historical human portraiture depicts the subject as proud, dignified, and elegant. I like to create my Old World Portraits with that same air of importance because I believe animals deserve the same esteem as human beings do. Yea, we have an edge over them, but they are worthy of our respect…. and even an honored spot over the mantle.”

Old World Pet Portraits have been featured on a local PBS show, in numerous galleries, several museums, as well as in local and national publications. Her images have been licensed for prints, fabrics, and other items with worldwide distribution. Lew’s primary work is painting commissioned portraits of people’s pets and selling reproductions in her on line shop,

Lew lives and works in an early 19th-century farmhouse in the rural Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, along with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and a flock of chickens. She spends time each week volunteering for an organization dedicated to spaying and neutering feral cats.

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Commissioned Portrait Featured in NY Times Article


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Carol Lew

452 Washington Mountain Road, Washington MA 01223

Phone: 413-623-0202    Email: