About Us

Ben & Tom founded Splendid Beast in 2014 after noticing a severe lack of outrageous pet oil paintings on the internet.

Ben’s old roommate and friend Eagan took over in 2017 and moved the virtual headquarters to Madison, Wisconsin USA. Here he is with his dog-in-law Champ, who later played a game of cribbage.

Aaron joined the team the same year and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He took over the business in 2021.


We are proud to be an international small business. We only use trusted painters from around the world who do the highest quality work!

Our long-time painter liaison Hilu died tragically in France in 2019. We worked together for a long time and produced many amazing paintings together. We miss her very much.

Now, we primarily work with Vera, whose team (Wu, Lin, and others) has been sending incredible pet paintings directly out of Hong Kong since 2017.

Our goal is to provide awesome artwork that celebrates your Splendid Beast.

Ben now teaches all over the world. He eventually got a great dog named Gizmo who passed away in 2019. If you look closely, you can still spot Gizmo throughout the website.

On the News

Our first TV feature was on Twin Cities Live with the original mastermind, Ben.

We also had a wonderful feature on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy! Eagan was interviewed this time and provided a great rundown of our processes.

You can see more videos on our YouTube channel.