A local artist used a photograph to paint a portrait of a dog who recently died, bringing the owner to tears.

Susan McKinley visited the Forest Grove Spring Art Bizarre on May 19 when she came across the work of a local artist Amy Schneider.

McKinley fell in love with one of Schneiders landscape paintings, purchasing one and later commissioned her to paint a photo of her dog, Heidi, who died last year.

Schneider used an old photograph of the dog for reference, and said she was honored to do it for her.

"I'm a big fan of animals, so I hate hearing when they pass away, and I've had my own pets pass away and it's hard," Schneider said. "But it's neat when somebody asks you to do an actual painting of them. It's just amazing."

McKinley said she was emotional when she saw the finished product of her old sidekick, who became her close companion after her husband died in 2008.COURTESY PHOTO - HeidiCOURTESY PHOTO - Painting of Heidi by Schneider.

"I immediately teared up because the eyes were just looking at me," she said. "It's like she was right there looking at me, because (Schneider) really captured her."

Schneider is a self-taught artist and new to the business, but McKinley said she was beyond impressed with her ability to capture Heidi's likeness.

The painting now hangs above McKinley's fireplace, as a comforting reminder of her former rescue pal.

"It's just different than having it in a photograph," she said. "(The colors) really captured Heidi because she was so warm. Heidi was just my best friend, we became very close. She was just very special."

For more info about Schneider's art, visit

By Olivia Singer
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