As in many offices, a coworker, Julia, at my "day-job" has snapshots of her pet posted at her desk. There was one I always admired, as it seemed to capture the sweet personality of the dog. I finally felt like I had the skill to attempt to interpret the photo into a pastel painting. I asked to borrow the photo, as well as another one that better showed the coloring of the dog, so that I could paint it. I'm not sure Julia knew what to expect in a "painting" of her beloved pet by a coworker, but she was very pleased when I presented the finished portrait for her to see.
A painted portrait is more that a picture on the wall-it's art. (Thanks, Julie G. for letting me use your quote!)