PORTFOLIOS are organized into several themed series, each with its own page. (click on a series to open the portfolio.) 

A photograph of the painting Strife on the wall and the rescued cat Coal sitting in front of it under a house plant.
Strife, in Holli’s home with rescued cat Coal posing in the foreground.


“I really liked the way you caught the intensity of feline play – or strife- they are not far apart! It reminds me of my long gone cats Billy and Faith, who were a bonded pair. They play-fought every day until in extreme old age Billy wasn’t up to it, and they would still posture. It became a ritual for them.”
– Holli Jones, cat rescuer, Springport, IN



Gallery cover picture for "Tongues and Limbs 2" showing Mookie and Extended Paw, black and white pet portraits by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis.
Harley 1, 2018, acrylic paint pens on paper, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis. Portrait drawing of a scruffy bearded chihuahua with tuxedo markings.
Black and white full body portrait of a tiny chihuahua by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis. Tenderly seen from above it shows her delicately curved torso and tail as she sniffs the ground with big eyes.
a black dog mouth relaxed open, faces a white dog yawning from within a medical collar. a high contrast acrylic painting by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis

 I’m a bit introverted and perhaps that’s why I am drawn to animals, nature and art. I can experience them in silence with no awkwardness. They transport a person into the present, relieve stress, and deliver joy.

MODELS  The first models for this body of work were my own four dogs and two cats. After the last of the six passed on, a seventh, Kitten Caboodle, mysteriously appeared… but that’s another story. Since then the model pool has expanded beyond my yard.

MEANING  These portraits are tributes to the profound impact that pets play in our daily lives and are memorials to beloved family members that have passed.

Black and white is not my perspective on life; yet I find it loaded with potential as an artistic mode (and I don’t mean just as metaphor.) While exploring the seemingly dualistic nature of life, the nuance of grey inevitably insinuates itself into the picture.

VISUALS  The simplified pallet of black and white asserts the elegance of the animal form. The intimate views isolate familiar (and sometimes quirky) shapes, while the spaces are energized by character and memory.

TODAY  My Husband and I are taking a break from large scale pet rearing and so now I paint the pets of others. Perhaps yours?

Chinese Crested Dog in a protective t-shirt glances away from a hazy turtle. High contrast acrylic painting by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis
MAX Series, a commission
intimate view of two dogs laying facing each other. focusing on the contrasting light and dark limbs and snouts. a high contrast black and white acrylic painting by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis.
LIMB Series
Intimate portrait of sleeping cat focusing on the soft tangle of legs, tail and ear. Black and white acrylic painting by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis.
CAT Series
Original DOG STUDIES Series