Pet Pieces are the unique, custom creations by Florida artist Emmie Brown Heilman. Each portrait is composed of hundreds and hundreds of tiny magazine clippings, carefully pieced together to create an incredibly detailed likeness of your pet. Pet Pieces make a meaningful gift and a wonderful keepsake for years to come!
Unlike paintings, every square inch of your Pet Piece is truly unique and interesting. Unexpected colors, patterns, and imagery chosen specifically for your pet are hand-clipped from beautiful, high-quality magazine paper and then cut into intricate and purposeful shapes. The result: a canvas covered from top to bottom with tiny, gorgeous, glossy details and not a centimeter lacking in character!
Emmie Brown Heilman graduated from Flagler College in 2013 with a degree in graphic design. She currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Craig and their two dogs Buster and Brizzie.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved making art, particularly portraits. I am not sure what prompted the ten-year-old me to create a portrait of Santa Claus from magazine clippings, but it has been my mother’s most prized possession ever since. I went on to do more and more ‘collage’ portraits, including one of my first dog, Pepper. I loved bringing together two of my passions--dogs and art. Since then, it has been a joy for me to create portraits of other people’s pets, and to see the joy that my portraits bring to their owners."
"Each portrait begins with a stack of magazines and a photo of my 'subject.' During my tedious clipping process I not only search for the perfect tones, colors, and patterns, but I also love to find random little images and words that make each piece uniquely its own. I then arrange and glue the pieces down from eyelashes to ears until I am satisfied that I have captured the subject’s likeness and personality.”