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noun: testimonial; plural noun: testimonials

  1. a formal statement testifying to someone's character and qualifications.

“Another job well done! I can hardly wait to give it to my mom. She is going to LOVE IT!” — Brooke Ross, Carmel, Indiana

“I’m overwhelmed! So great!” — Dorothy Alig, Indianapolis, Indiana

"My reaction to the painting was tears of joy! It was a portrait of my Nerdy-cat who was 23 years young when she died. Jim captured the very essence of my cat's personality. Having a James Kelly Studios portrait is "The Bomb". I am one happy James Kelly portrait owner." -Mint Evans

"I ordered two portraits from Jim as Christmas gifts--and Wow!! I was unbelievably thrilled when I got the preliminary email--just a preview--I could hardly wait to see the "real" thing. And in no way was I disappointed. They were just perfect! What I found most impressive about Jim's paintings is the amazing likeness to the photos I gave him--he had a one dimensional (in my case, photocopied--not even the originals) shot of each dog and I swear he captured not just their physical likeness but their personalities as well! One dog is sweet but really sassy; the other a kind spirit, ready any minute to chase a ball---and you can see each one's personality so obviously on Jim's canvas. Considering Jim's talent, I think I got very fair prices. I've shown every dog owner who will hold still long enough to hear about Jim." -Terry O'Neal


"When I saw the portraits of our dogs, I cried. The portraits looked so much like them and yet maintained a beautiful painterly quality. My favorite aspect is probably the life in the eyes and the anthropomorphic qualities. The dogs look like they are about to bark at us or speak to us from the canvases. Every guest that we have in our home raves about how wonderful they are. We love them."

- Roger Roe

"I had wanted to have portraits made of my "furry family" and after reading the article in the Indianapolis Star about Mad Lab Studio (now James Kelly Studios) I contacted Jim to make a portrait of my precious Emily. Emily was a blue cream persian, who had recently passed away. I was so impressed with the pictures in the article and knew Jim would do a great job of showing Emily's spirit and "cattitude" . I wasn't disappointed! Jim did such a fantastic job and I was so thrilled I then had him do portraits of Oscar, my black persian and his sister Isabelle, a seal point Himalayan. As with Emily's portrait, Jim did an outstanding job of capturing their loving personalities. I can't get over how closely the portraits resemble the pictures from which they were made. The detail is impressive all the way from Isabelle's colored points to Oscar's copper-colored eyes. Having these portraits made is money well spent as far as I am concerned. I love my kitties very much and I will treasure these portraits for the rest of my life." - Amy McDonald

“Sarah LOVED the portrait of Dudley! After opening it she exclaimed, “Now my life is complete!" Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful piece of art for someone who means so much to me. I will recommend you to my friends and family.” - Lisa Albrecht

“Just wanted to express again my gratitude for your work. You totally captured Leroy’s spirit in his portrait, especially the compassion in his big brown eyes. And the "Moonlight Walk” brings tears to my eyes - you’ve captured the feeling of my buddy and me walking peacefully - almost into eternity together. I felt so safe and secure next to him.

Thank you for sharing your gifts - Your work is Amazing! - Ronnie Klippel

“When we opened a “Selling the store” gift from Jon & Emily we were amazed at the beautiful painting of Meyer Pharmacy. It is an absolute treasure that will always be special to us. Thank you so much for sharing
your talents with us.” -
Sue and Tom Taiber, Iowa



“My mom used to tell me that the true test of whether you love a piece of art is

 when you love with it - I LOVE that Belle portrait more everyday!” — Cathy Kightlinger, Indianapolis, Indiana

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