"I received a gift certificate for Christmas to have a portrait done of my dog. I immediately contacted Haute Dauge Portraits and started the process. Karen was extremely professional and wanted to know as much as she could about my dog's personality, of which I loved doing, as I want everyone to love my dog like I do. Karen captured that in the painting. I was overwhelmed how she was able to take an emailed picture and bring it to life on canvas! I am so grateful to have this painting! Can't say enough about the amazing job she did! Thank you again so much."
Lisa French, Mooresville, NC
"Thank you so very much for the portrait of our special feral kitty Mickey!! The colors are fabulous and the likeness is incredible. Every customer at the dealership stops to admire your work on the wall as Mickey sits like a princess on a nearby chair. It is almost as if she understands how many people admire her portrait every day!!"
Robin Smith Salzman, Owner
Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
"We both love our portrait. We're amazed at how beautifully you captured her (Miss Priss). She hates having her picture made, so this was the best way to capture her beauty. My husband Rod had seen the article (in the Charlotte Observer) about you and had decided to get one done for me. I beat him to it :) Thanks for a beautiful job.!"
Denise Altman, Denver, NC
" The portrait turned out just great of my Matilda! Absolutely love it...you captured the essence of Matilda. I look forward to working with you on one of my boy Farley.. Thank you!"
Betsy Westover, Aiken, SC
"Thank you so very much for your magnificent painting of my baby. It is so realistic and you absolutely captured her personality and "look" in her eyes. The painting is displayed in my kitchen and I look at it every day with delight. It's really a treasure to me."
Cindy Carney, Morganville, NJ
"I surprised my wife at Christmas with a
portrait of our dear Golden Retriever Roxy.
The portrait was absolutely amazing and
truly captured Roxy's sweet personality and unique looks. Karen was so easy to work with and her passion for dogs is apparent in the portrait she painted. I think it was the best gift
I have ever given her!"
Chris Russo, Huntersville, NC
Comments from Clients and Other Art Professionals
"Your portrait of Ferris is simply beautiful - and has captured his handsome expression so perfectly, We jokingly call him ‘the regal beast!’ due to his stately and serious expression, and your work captured it en pointe. I also appreciate you taking such great care to learn about his personality before your first brushstroke. The portrait is something we will treasure. Thank you for sharing your talent."
Lisa Brueggermann, Davidson, NC
"My husband asked Karen to paint a picture of our late beloved dog as a Christmas present for me. It was the most wonderful surprise in the world to me!
Karen captured our dog's beauty, features and her character beautifully and perfectly. The picture brought me to tears, and I will forever be grateful and love the portrait of my best friend, Oprah. Thank you so much, Karen!"
Betsy Zangara, Davidson, NC
""Karen did an outstanding job of capturing each of our dogs' personalities on canvas. Her passion and interest in your dog is reflected in the finished product. If you are looking for a unique gift or want to capture a memory, I would recommend
Bill Gombert, Cornelius, NC
"My Dad loved the portrait of Boomer that we gave him for his birthday! It was a total surprise. Thank you so much for creating this for him! We have been talking you up."
Amanda Swanger, Huntersville, NC
""Working with Karen has been a joy. She takes what she does seriously, and it shows in every painting. Her intimate care of her work communicates a love for both animals and painting.
Anyone who purchases a portrait from Haute Dauge Portraits will be investing in both quality fine art and the lasting memory of their family pet.
I highly recommend Karen to paint anyone's pet, as she has proven time and again that she works in detail accuracy and prioritizes her paintings to complete each project swiftly."
Stephen Lursen, MFA
Stephen Lursen Art Charlotte, NC
"I wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with the painting!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️ You have captured their souls in their faces. I feel my Buddy with me once again. Thank you so very much.
You have a special gift that I am sure has
blessed many hearts like it has mine."
Charlotte Lysak, Hendersonville, TN
"I still cannot get over how spot-on the portrait of Clu is (and I am picky). It is truly fabulous and captures who he is and what he means to me."
Marylou Millhauser, Charlotte, NC
""...I don't want to give it to my Mom now after seeing it. It's absolutely beautiful. You captured Oreo "right on". I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This will be Mom's best Christmas in a very long time. Again, thank you and Merry Christmas."
"I have to say thank you from my entire family all over the United States. The painting you did of Oreo has drastically changed my Mom's everyday life. She's not constantly complaining of illness or anything else. Oreo is with her every day and has brought her out of a depression. Again I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Lou S., Mooresville, NC
" Karen is an amazing artist! She truly cares about her work, and she spent a lot of time with me learning about the dogs and their personalities. I had her paint two paintings for me of my mom and dad’s dogs, Winston and Lily. My parents were thrilled to receive such a personalized present, and Karen really captured their personalities in the portraits (especially the sparkle in their eyes!). She was great to work with and I look forward to working with her again soon!"
Jennifer C., Charlotte, NC
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""He (my partner) absolutely loved it. He was speechless. The minute he pulled it out of the bag he screamed 'Abby'!' We are so very interested in having you paint additional ones for all the other poms we've had and currently have."
Nick Brown, Huntersville, NC
"My cat Butterball recently passed, and he was one of the most loving, sweet, intelligent creatures that we have ever had to enrich our lives. Because I am the owner of a riding academy and have been involved with many animals, I can only say that he is missed so greatly. The portrait that was presented to me by Karen will be cherished for the rest of my life and that of my children, as well as all the young people that attend our program at Horse Shadow Run! The portrait Karen painted of Butterball definitely captured his sweet personality and beautiful looks so gracefully and perfectly."
Melanie Dortschy, Owner
Horse Shadow Run, Charlotte, NC
"Karen did such a wonderful job painting our puppy Basset Hound. We showed the portrait to our Basset breeder and he was amazed! After completing the painting for us, Karen has gained two more Basset owner customers. We couldn't be more pleased ... amazing work, Karen."
Jack Severens, Denver, NC