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Grafton >> Animal portrait, pastel artist Josee Severino will exhibit her enchanting portraitures at Hunter Gallery of Fine Art for the month of August. A special reception for its new artist for the gallery will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at its gallery on 74 St.,Grafton.

Severino's unique talent is animal portraitures in soft pastel tones. Having grown up in New Hampshire, she developed a deep love and connection with animals and nature, which brought her to specialize in animal portraits.

She began drawing when she was a little girl and continued throughout high school. She cultivated her talent at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where her preferred medium became pastels.

In addition to being an avid horseman and an owner of a variety of pets, she also has worked for a veterinarian, which has given her an eye to paint a variety of animals. Many of her works are commissioned by those who want a framed portrait of their cherished pet.

Her ability to capture the personality and soul of these animals is a special gift. Severino does do commissioned work.

Meet Josee Severino on Saturday and see her collection of works at Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, 74 Main St. 802 843 1440.