STRIKE A PAWS – THE HIGH-END MAKEOVERS A FASHIONISTA ILLUSTRATOR
CAN CREATE FROM YOUR PET PICS.
A fashion illustrator is using her styling skills to give dog owners a glamorous make-over
in a unique portrait with their pampered pooch.
Priscilla Tang, 70, has combined her passion for fashion and her love of animals to
create a portrait business with clients worldwide.
All she needs from her customers is a basic image of both the pet and their owner – not
necessarily together – and some background information to create a chic and stylish
piece of art.
Priscilla takes great care to focus on the personality of the dog owner and really tries to
capture their love and connection to their pet.
Then she has fun with chic embellishments and accessories to create an imaginative
and glamorous final portrait.
Priscilla said: “I do up their nails, their hair and add jewels and glamour to each portrait.
“I am on a quest to honour the hardworking dog mums out there who deserve to feel
chic and valued.
“It is my mission to show these women an image of themselves as the absolute queen
that they are in their dog’s eyes.
“I want my art to show the dedication, love and devotion in the relationship between a
beloved pet and their owner.”
Priscilla, who grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Hong Kong, started her pet portrait
business in 2019 after a long and varied career in design.
She originally undertook an architecture degree at The National University of Singapore
and then later turned her hand to fashion illustrations.
Priscilla moved to New York in the 1980s to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology
where she graduated with the highest distinction, a summa-cum-laude award.
After graduation she gained employment with Madison Avenue and Broadway Street
fashion giants as a lingerie garment sketcher.
Priscilla said: “I am elated after finding some of my work dull and dry to finally be doing
something that deeply satisfies me and uses my skills as well as my passion for
“I grew up with a deep love and appreciation for dogs and their companionship. I had a
beautiful mongrel called Bobby who came into my life when I was four or five. He was
everything to me and started my love for animals. He was a close friend, my patient
drawing muse and my playmate. I used to spend hours sketching and drawing him.”
Bobby sparked a life-long love of four legged furries for Priscilla but unfortunately she
says there isn’t the room in her apartment in Hong Kong for a dog right now.
She said: “I haven’t kept any pets for years because of the small sized flats that we
have in Hong Kong.
“Instead I cherish the time I have with friends and family who have dogs and allow me
some playtime. Or I enjoy the dogs kept by my family back home in Malaysia.
“I also like to contribute to dog shelters and charities to help them in their funding by
donating my art.
“I am also a full member of the Dog Writers of America Association.”
After an initial consultation and sharing of images Priscilla can paint a completely
unique and bespoke portrait in 12- 14 days which will ship internationally within four
Portrait prices start at $200 for a pet painting and increase with additional subjects.
Clients can choose whether they would like their completely original portrait painted in
watercolour or as a mixed media digital print.
Priscilla’s imaginative custom accessorizing and alluring make-over are included in the commission.
Go to PetPrissy.com to book.
Priscilla said: “My work has often given my customers double-takes, made them
teary-eyed and made them smile.
“My art can mend the broken heart of an owner grieving the loss of their pet.
“The short time we have with our pets on this earth really inspires me. Because owners
give their hearts over so openly knowing that they will most likely outlive their pet. It is a
beautiful, painful thing to love an animal so deeply.
“For me the objective of my work is to give this gift of joy to pet owners and dog mums
especially who are out in all weathers walking their pampered pooches and to give them
some special attention too.”