Weird Animal Pop Art by Will Eskridge

Diane T.

“I purchased 3 feathers from Will Eskridge each well done. They were sent with such care .”

Diane T.

Dylan M.

“My siblings and I reached out to Will with less than two weeks before Mother’s Day to inquire about a portrait we wanted him to create of a pet cat we had recently lost as a gift for our mother. His responses were always prompt and timely. When Will confirmed he would be able to do the portrait, I sent him 5 photos of the cat, all showing specific physical characteristics we wanted the one portrait to contain (example: green eyes, specific fur color, big ears, pointed paws), all characteristics that made our pet unique. Will took all the information given and completed a perfect portrait of our pet in a very timely manner. Will was able to take the information, complete the portrait, and mail it all with less than two weeks before Mother’s Day and it arrived three days prior. Wills is 100 percent reliable and amazingly talented with his ability to take so many small details and combine them into one portrait. Our mother cried when she opened the gift and said “oh my god. It looks like she’s about to walk right out of the portrait.” If you are even thinking about getting a pet portrait, or animal portrait, Will is your guy. I wish I could give more than 6 stars but google only allows 5. The final product was perfect.”

Dylan M.

Rachel W.

“I love my Will Eskridge painting of a wolf! I’ve got it proudly displayed in my library and it brings me joy every time I see it. Will is a strong collaborator in the local Athens art scene and I’m honored to know him and recommend his art work.”

Rachel W.

RL Hodnett

“Adore this man’s productivity and ideas! I have a few of his pieces on my happy walls. Always love to see what’s next!”

RL Hodnett

Rebekah H.

“Will’s “Black Dog” was one of the first pieces of original art that I bought, and it is still one of my very favorites. He paints such sweet emotion into his animals.”

Rebekah H.

Beverly B.

“Love, love, love my Will Eskridge artwork! Beautiful and unique!”

Beverly B.

Meredith B.

“Will is a wonderful artist with a great deal of talent and integrity. I love all of my pieces from him and he has always been a pleasure to interact with.”

Meredith B.

Jamie C.

“I have many pieces of art from Will. He is an amazing artist in all genres that I have seen. I always look forward to seeing new posts of his artwork. Keep it up Will!! Good stuff!

Jamie C.

Ashley G.

“My Husband and I have three very different pieces from Will and we love them all. He completed a pet portrait of our dog that looks exactly like him. I couldn’t be more impressed with how he captured his little attitude. We also have a small landscape work that he completed that looks great on our bookshelf in our living room. Most recently my Husband purchased one of his ScreamTeens works which he now displays over his horror movie collection. Wonderful artist and great customer service!”

Ashley G.

Marc B.

“thoughtful work, great skill and and a wonderful person”

Marc B.

Amanda B.

“We have a Will Eskridge painting in our home and it was an excellent addition to our art collection. It’s an uplifting focal point on our wall. The artist is also very responsive and helpful with painting transport/shipping.”

Amanda B.

Beth C.

“I’ve followed Will’s work for a long time and was finally able to get one of his larger works last year as a present for my husband. It was shipped cross country and packed very well and included a personal note (the best!). The painting is the o oh one we have hanging in our tiny house and it’s amazing. I look forward to collecting more in the future.”

Beth C.

Christy F.

“The portrait Will did of our sweet pup Roo is fantastic! He really captured her personality and we proudly display the painting on our kitchen wall, where we’re can see it all the time. Will was incredible helpful and kept me updated on the commissions progress. It was shipped and made it on time to surprise my husband for Christmas. We will definitely use Will again for portraits of our other pups. Thanks Will!”

Christy F.

Meet Will

You adore animals. You see their sacred nature and resonance in the world. You want your home to celebrate the soul of animals through bold colors and high texture.

"For those who can not speak, I give a voice

For those who are deemed ugly, I give beauty

For those who are forgotten, I give remembrance."

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photo by Joshua Jones : instagram

<<<Animal>>>

I grew up with a veterinarian as a father and an artist as a mother. Having a father as a veterinarian instilled in me a deep affinity for animals. All the animal companions we took in were rejects from Dad’s practice whom clients had left behind. 

Helping out at my father’s practice gave me direct behind-the-scenes access into the lives of animals on a daily basis. It is hard to pinpoint an exact time, but I was very young when I slowly realized that animals were not all that different than humans. Time and time again I saw various cats and dogs expressing emotion and feeling beyond basic instinct. Witnessing both happy moments and not so happy moments between owners and pets made me realize the massive impact animals have on humans and vice versa. Some call it energy. Some call it spirit. But we can all agree that there is something connecting us all. To paraphrase: We are not animal beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having an animal experience.

<<<Artist>>>

When I was 4 years old, blue and red colors dripped from my fingertips and I instantly was hooked. Pre-school taught me many things, but I had no idea the power that would unleash from the simple act of putting paint on my hands. The rush of making a mark and creating wild imagery from my fingertips astounded me. Art was my destiny. 

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My grandfather once asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation, “An artist!”, I responded. He proceeded to gently tell me that artists didn’t make much money. I nodded quietly, but deep down even at that young age, I was determined to be an artist.

Thankfully, Mom took us kids to after-school art classes and my love for making marks on anything I could get my hands on increased. With dedication and through the support of my parents I attended art school and earned my B.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999.

However, as graduation day drew closer, my grandfather’s statement from when I was a kid reared it’s ugly head and decided to take a seat for a while in my psyche and fear kept me from pursuing my career as a fine artist. I taught myself graphic design in order to get a “real job” to pay bills. I was emotionally stuck behind a computer pushing pixels during the day while anxiously waiting to escape to my easel at nights and weekends. Desperately I had to get back to that visceral action of putting pigment on to surface from when I was a child.

As the years went on I witnessed and read about other artists making livings as artists while noticing that they weren’t that different than me. I knew it could be done, I just didn’t know how. After years in graphic design, my passion could not take it any longer. It finally took over and I decided to cut the leash that was tethering me to my own inner fear. The fear of not "making it", the fear of vulnerability, and the fear of fear. Way deep down in my gut, my passion to be an artist started to squeeze the balloon of that fear until it burst. There was no teacher, there was no guide. I simply left the graphic design world and hit the ground running with my painting and fine art career.

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