Portraits by Colleen

Portraits by Colleen Unique portraits of all creatures great and small. Colleen Rudolf is a sculptor, painter, public installation artist and hopeful explorer of new media.

Born 1981 in New York City, Colleen earned her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in 2003 with departmental honors in Fine Art. After three years of traveling and working in various fields, she decided to focus on her work by pursuing a graduate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Upon graduating in 2008, she was awarded the Fellowship Juried Prize honorable mention and the Justine Cretella Memorial Scholarship. She currently works out of her studio in Philadelphia dividing her time between her portrait business and other projects.

Mission: PortraitsbyColleen is an endeavor honoring all types of creatures by creating one of a kind portraits. With an emphasis on education and awareness through involvement with local rescue organizations, PortraitsbyColleen encourages respectful relationships between humans, animals and nature and strives to contribute towards a better understanding and compassion for all.

Operating as usual

This is Roadie, the newest member of my family! I love shooting four leggers! Next up is an outdoor shoot. Hit me up if ...
10/13/2020

This is Roadie, the newest member of my family! I love shooting four leggers! Next up is an outdoor shoot. Hit me up if you'd like some photos of your family!
More to look at here: https://colleenrudolf.mypixieset.com/

05/23/2020
Going through older work and decided that it's time to let some things go. If you like any of these, make me an offer, d...
04/22/2020

Going through older work and decided that it's time to let some things go. If you like any of these, make me an offer, don't be shy! 😊

Peaches. Oil on panel 5" x 7" 2020
03/05/2020

Peaches. Oil on panel 5" x 7" 2020

Spent some time putting together a website strictly for my photography work. Another facet to my studio practice! https:...
03/03/2020
Colleen Rudolf

Spent some time putting together a website strictly for my photography work. Another facet to my studio practice! https://colleenrudolf.mypixieset.com/

I've compared taking photographs to hunting. Although I am not a hunter, the patience and attention required to capture a good moment strikes me as similar with both activities. This is timing. People look different in different photographs, slight shifts in tension of facial muscles can influence t...

some snoozing puppies for you on this rainy day in Philadelphia.
03/03/2020

some snoozing puppies for you on this rainy day in Philadelphia.

Hanzel. Ceramic 12" x 6" x 4" 2014The deadline for holiday portrait gifts is fast approaching. If you'd like to commissi...
11/07/2019

Hanzel. Ceramic 12" x 6" x 4" 2014

The deadline for holiday portrait gifts is fast approaching. If you'd like to commission a sculpture/drawing/painting in time for the holidays, let me know, sooner than later!

10/25/2019
Pennsylvania SPCA

Colleen Rudolf's drawings will be featured at this event on Nov 2. Tickets are still available for the PSPCA's Bark and Wine annual benefit, a fundraiser that directly benefits Philadelphia's companion animals.

At this year's Bark & Whine gala we're honored to feature the work of Colleen Rudolf! Here's a behind the scenes look at how her pieces come to life. We can't wait to see them adorning the room on November 2.

Join us to see the finished products, and to save lives: https://www.pspca.org/barkwhine

Heads up!
10/15/2019

Heads up!

Some favorites from a recent photo shoot. It's really wonderful to see such love between animals and humans.
08/13/2019

Some favorites from a recent photo shoot. It's really wonderful to see such love between animals and humans.

Excited to be participating in this holiday market in Old City Philadelphia on Sunday, Dec 9, 10-2pm. I'll have original...
11/21/2018

Excited to be participating in this holiday market in Old City Philadelphia on Sunday, Dec 9, 10-2pm. I'll have original drawings and paintings, prints and some small sculptures.

Portraits by Colleen's cover photo
10/16/2018

Portraits by Colleen's cover photo

Another of my drawings up for auction on @portraitsbyColleen instagram page. Bidding ends tomorrow at 1:30. TGIF!
09/14/2018

Another of my drawings up for auction on @portraitsbyColleen instagram page. Bidding ends tomorrow at 1:30. TGIF!

Bidding has begun on this drawing of a dog that I met while volunteering in Philadelphia. Follow @portraitsbycolleen on ...
09/11/2018

Bidding has begun on this drawing of a dog that I met while volunteering in Philadelphia. Follow @portraitsbycolleen on instagram to bid!

Bidding is underway on this drawing. Follow @portraitsbycolleen on instagram to bid. 15% of sale will be donated to ACCT...
09/10/2018

Bidding is underway on this drawing. Follow @portraitsbycolleen on instagram to bid. 15% of sale will be donated to ACCT Philly

Friends: I'm auctioning off some drawings via my instagram account @portraitsbycolleen Follow on instagram to bid on Spa...
09/07/2018

Friends: I'm auctioning off some drawings via my instagram account @portraitsbycolleen Follow on instagram to bid on Sparky!

These two, George and Grace, are a very bonded pair, looking for their forever home at Last Chance Ranch. They are both ...
07/19/2018

These two, George and Grace, are a very bonded pair, looking for their forever home at Last Chance Ranch. They are both sweet and playful, double the fun!

I feel very lucky, as sometimes my work connects me with such nice, compassionate people and introduces me to all kinds ...
07/17/2018

I feel very lucky, as sometimes my work connects me with such nice, compassionate people and introduces me to all kinds of animal personalities. This is a portrait of Molly, whose people loved her very much. May you Rest in Peace Molly.

Introducing Bruiser! He is an adoptable dog at the Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA. When I visited, I spent time wit...
06/28/2018

Introducing Bruiser! He is an adoptable dog at the Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA. When I visited, I spent time with Louie (from the other day's post) and Bruiser, who are roommates at the LCR and get along well. Bruiser was a quick learner and confident dog. A pleasure to meet them both.

Introducing Bruiser! He is an adoptable dog at the Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA. When I visited, I spent time with Louie (from the other day's post) and Bruiser, who are roommates at the LCR and get along well. Bruiser was a quick learner and confident dog. A pleasure to meet them both.

This is Louie. I met him this past weekend at the Last Chance Ranch located in Quakertown, PA. They are a non profit 501...
06/26/2018

This is Louie. I met him this past weekend at the Last Chance Ranch located in Quakertown, PA. They are a non profit 501 (C)(3) organization rescuing and rehabilitating horses and domestic companion animals. Along with Louie, I met an Emu!!! two pigs, a cow, 18 sheep, cats and kittens, and several other dogs.
Louie makes me think of the African Painted Dog due to the mysterious markings on his head, only he's a bit smaller. He's got great energy and who can resist that underbite!???

Rainy Sunday dog friends: Maddie and Chahti 🐾💦#dogportrait#pencil#portraitsbycolleen
06/03/2018

Rainy Sunday dog friends: Maddie and Chahti 🐾💦
#dogportrait
#pencil
#portraitsbycolleen

Have you ever been walking your dog and you come across another dog, and the dogs do something like this? And then the o...
05/27/2018

Have you ever been walking your dog and you come across another dog, and the dogs do something like this? And then the other owner gets embarassed and pulls their dog away?
There is actually a name for this greeting, called an Inguinal Sniff and it's a very natural way for dogs to greet each other.
I included this painted silhoette in a show called "Connect" in 2011 at Grizzly Grizzly gallery along with other sculptures and drawings exploring what it means to connect to another.
If you're looking to learn more about canine body language I recommend Brenda Aloff at Get Connected book "Canine Body Language" it will help you better understand what your dog is trying to communicate.

Sometimes, I sculpt people too.
05/01/2018

Sometimes, I sculpt people too.

I used to get to Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team once a week to help photograph their adoptable dogs and cat...
03/30/2018

I used to get to Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Team once a week to help photograph their adoptable dogs and cats.
I would take the dogs on a walk, letting them relieve themselves and smell the fresh air, feel some grass under their paws. Some dogs were more stressed than others, and with so many distractions, it was a challenge to make a portrait that revealed their beautiful, genuine and sincere selves, especially while also holding the leash. It was also emotionally difficult to not be able to free every single one of them. But I derived a lot of strength from my time with them and each of those animals taught me how to be in the present moment, to present your most sincere being to all those that you meet. The connection that results is the best reward there is. If you find yourself with time in your hands or wanting the companionship of a dog or cat, please go visit your local shelter. So many souls that deserve better await you.
#acctphilly
#pspca
#adoptdontshop
@acctphilly
@pspca

Here is a painting I did of The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also known as the Great Pyrenees in North America. They are a  la...
03/11/2018

Here is a painting I did of The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also known as the Great Pyrenees in North America. They are a large breed of dog weighing between 90-130 lbs and standing between 26-32 inches tall. Historically, they were used to guard livestock and fight off bears, wolves and other predators of sheep and goats. I’ve heard amazing stories about these dogs defending their flock and working alongside shepherds and wonder if you have any to share? Also, for those of us living in a city with this dog, are there behavior issues that have come up as a result of changed responsibilities?
#greatpyrenees
#painting
#americankennelclub
#dogsofinstagram
#dogguardian
#gentlegiant

Cherry. Oil on panel 4.75” x 6.75” 2012Several years ago, my mom suggested that I paint Julianne Moore’s dog named Cherr...
03/05/2018

Cherry. Oil on panel 4.75” x 6.75” 2012

Several years ago, my mom suggested that I paint Julianne Moore’s dog named Cherry. My mom had run into Moore in the neighborhood and thought she was very pleasant and knew she had a beloved dog (named Cherry). At the time I was working hard to launch my portrait business and imagined Cherry’s portrait could possibly?! 🤷🏼‍♀️ launch me into pet portrait fame. The painting was delivered but I’m not sure if Julianne Moore ever saw it? It’s definitely one of my personal favorites as it keeps that elusive balance between loose and sharp; I didn’t get too fussy. I wonder what happened to it?
@juliannemoore @_juliannemoore
#cherryportrait
#dogportrait
#oilpainting
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Rocket visited the studio today. I am continuing to practice photographing dogs in a studio setting. As much as you have...
02/15/2018

Rocket visited the studio today. I am continuing to practice photographing dogs in a studio setting. As much as you have control over the light and background, there is still the interaction with the subject, and the mood and comfort level that the subject feels. I am definitely looking for something specific: direct contact, connection. I think this one has it.

Finally caught up with scanning these watercolors. I hope to have them available soon as greeting cards. ♦️ This is the ...
02/06/2018

Finally caught up with scanning these watercolors. I hope to have them available soon as greeting cards. ♦️
This is the German short haired pointer, known for its keen scenting powers and intelligence. “Indicative of this dog’s versatility is its successful work on pheasant, quail, grouse, partridge, jacks nope, woodcock, duck, rabbits, coon and possum. It is also used to trail and handle deer.” You can basically sniff out anything with this dog!

#germanshorthairedpointer
#dogsofinstagram
#watercolor
#drawing
#akc
#akcdogshow
#portraitsbycolleen
#colleenrudolf

01/21/2018
Party Animals

Here’s to animals and healing. 🕊

This donkey was so depressed after he lost his baby boy. But the woman who adopted him knew exactly what he was going through and figured out the sweetest way to make him feel at home. Today on Party Animals, Ronnie's mom is throwing him a very emotional 5th rescue-versary party to celebrate their amazing journey 😍

The Australian Cattle Dog, oil on panel, 8.5” x 6” 2017...#austrailiancattledog #cattledog #petportraitartist #ilovemype...
01/19/2018

The Australian Cattle Dog, oil on panel, 8.5” x 6” 2017
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