Pet and People Portraits and Original Snap Button Jewellery from Tasmania

Barbara EtterWelcome to the website of artist Barbara Etter. I am based in Hobart but can provide my animal and pet and people portrait service and jewellery to almost anywhere in the world.

I love people and animals and painting them! I particularly enjoy personally presenting pet owners with their unique portrait and seeing their reactions. It’s a real challenge making sure a well known and much loved person or pet is instantly recognisable and to capture his or her personality. It is so very rewarding when this is achieved. It’s also great to get feedback when a portrait has been a special surprise gift.

By the way, in case you were wondering, “Animalia” is simply Latin for animals (humans are animals too!). Sounds much more exotic doesn’t it! I just love Australian author Graeme Base’s international best-selling children’s alphabet book Animalia.

And I do love exotic and vibrant colours, as is evidenced by my personal love of birds such as peacocks, ducks, hummingbirds, owls and flamingos. I also love painting my senior citizen Golden Retriever, Bentley (and Roxy who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2019).

I particularly enjoy an element of quirkiness and fun, so feel free to think outside the square when designing and ordering your portrait. I also like the background to reflect the subject’s personality.

My artworks are now on display in several galleries, wineries and gift shops in Hobart and Richmond. I am also selling artworks through the Australian online Gallery, Bluethumb. See

Please enjoy your visit to Animalia Art and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries. My website now includes my original and unique Acrylic Pour Snap button jewellery which includes earrings (pierced and clip on), bracelets (funky and classic), pendants, buttons, bouquet enhancers, brooches/lapel pins, bookmarks, rings, scarf rings, mittens, snap button diffusers, cufflinks, key rings, coin purses and even sports caps! The snaps or “chunks” are interchangeable in seconds allowing you to match your jewellery to your mood or outfit. They make a great gift idea if you are looking for something “different” and fun.

I have also curated a collection of novelty or non-original snap buttons to enhance the snap button experience.

There are various categories to help you navigate through the jewellery shop including Evening and Glamour, Aromatherapy, Girls, Purple Power and even a Men’s section. Consistent with my animal theme, I also have the following categories: Animals, Dogs, Cats and Birds.

There is an opportunity to add special instructions to your order re length or style of chain/cord, style or colour of snap required or particular button requested from a series in Order Notes during the checkout process.

There is a DIY category offering snap button bases, cabochons and chains for those who want to make their own snap buttons.

Get in touch with Barbara at Animalia Art