My ongoing series of animal portraits encourages people to relate more meaningfully with the natural world. The animals are anthropomorphically presented as if they were portraits of kith and kin. I urge the viewer to connect their personal history, experiences and feelings with the animal as an individual through personification. The flat, velvety quality of gouache draws the viewer deeper into the subjects world. Through a vibrant range of hues, and small symbols, I subtly reference a sense of nostalgia and whimsy, that further connects the viewer to the subject. It's my hope that seeing animals as individuals will make them more relatable; leading us to respect and better protect the world we share.