Paintings by Mimi Elmore

  About Faces

  About Faces

Paintings by Mimi Elmore

  About Faces

Paintings by Mimi Elmore


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I view the status of my order?

A: Just email us at About Faces or call 303.823.0856

Q: Do you accept credit and debit cards?

A: Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discovery and American Express.

Q: What are your shipping costs?

A: After you place your order, we’ll let you know.  Shipping costs are based upon the size of the package and the distance to your location.

Q: Can you tell me more about Mimi?

A: Mimi was born Marte Madeleine Kiedaisch in 1951 and raised in the small southeastern Iowa town of Keokuk. Her father named her Mimi shortly after birth so he wouldn't confuse her with her mother, whose name also happened to be Marte as was her great aunt in Paris, and still a greater aunt who was a French impressionist painter. Her talent blossomed early at the knee of her grandfather who was a painter. Encouraged by her uncle who helped to develop such cultural icons as Tony the Tiger, she knew she wanted to be an artist at the age of seven. She remembers telling people that she wanted to be a veterinarian, so she could paint her clients. Her love of gardening was developed early by her mother and continues to this day as evidenced by the ever expanding native garden surrounding her home in the Rocky Mountain foothills town of Lyons. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 1974 with a degree in Graphic Design and Photography, she moved to Boulder, Colorado. While working at the University of Colorado, she met her future husband and business partner Larry Elmore. Together in 1976, they started their own production company, the Studio. For the next 25 years, she designed art for print, advertising, multi-image, film and video. In 2001, she retired to her gardens full time. As her gardens expanded so did her desire to create art from her garden. In mid 2003, Telluris Studios was born and she began painting full time. In 2008, on a whim, she decided to turn her hand to painting her pets, and then pets of friends, and now...

Q: How long does it take Mimi to create a painting?

A: There is no simple answer to this question. While her process is complex and time consuming, she is a very skilled painter. The time it takes to complete a painting is largely a factor of the size and complexity of the commission. But that said, her paintings rarely take her more than a week or two to complete.

Q: How long will it take for my painting to be delivered once I place my order?

A: Delivery time is a question of how many paintings are in queue ahead of your order. When you place your order, we will let you know where you stand in the queue and when we expect to send you your portrait.

Q: Will I see an "approval proof" before I receive the final painting?

A: Yes, before Mimi applies paint to canvas she will send you via email and image of the concept illustration.

Q: What happens if I send you a photographic print?

A: If you send physical photographs, your images will be returned safely in the same condition in which they were received.

Q: What if I don't have a great photo to send you?

A: The better the photo, the better the painting. But, while Mimi prefers to work with only the best photographs that have great detail, she has been quite successful creating wonderful portraits from substandard images with less than perfect detail. That said, the better the detail in the original photo the more realistic the painting will be. (See the pet photography tips below). Extra photos are also suggested as these can serve as a reference for coloring, close-up details, and personality.

Q: What if my photo was taken by a professional photographer?

A: If your photos were taken professionally, you will need to ask the photographer for copyright permission.

Q: Should I have my pet photographed professionally?

A: For some pets, a beautiful photograph capturing their best qualities is very easy, while for others it can be quite frustrating. While many might choose a professional pet photography studio for this reason, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to achieve nearly the same results yourself.

Q: How can I get a great photo?

A: Above all, remember to have fun and take your time. Patience is most definitely a virtue when it comes to photographing pets! Be ready to click away and take plenty of shots. Here are a few simple yet effective tips that can give you the results you want:


- The best possible lighting is achieved outside in natural light. Try to do this even if your pet is an indoor only pet - though of course safety comes first and this may not always be possible. If you do choose to shoot indoors, have your pet close to a large window, so your back is to the window. Straight on or slightly to the side of you as you face your pet is the next best option.

- Avoid direct sunlight, as it can alter natural coloring and increase the contrast between shadow and light, hiding some features. A bright, but overcast day is perfect.

- Don't use a flash, as this can cause red-eye and distort the true coloring & shading of your pet. An exception to this is if your pet has a black coat, in which case a flash or bright sunlight can actually bring out shading and textures, which may be lost in photos taken under other lighting conditions.


- Photograph your pet on their level. Don't have them looking up at you unless this is how you wish the portrait to appear. Don't make them come to you. Instead, go to where they are most comfortable and see the world from their point of view.

- Take plenty of facial photographs with a zoom lens, if possible. Try taking some three-quarter views as well as from the front, as a slight angles pose can sometimes make a beautiful portrait photograph.

- If your pet will not sit still, have someone hold them in position. If these pictures are solely for the portrait, then hands and arms in the frame do not matter and are easily removed as long as they do not cover important markings or body parts.


- Keep your pet as comfortable and at ease as possible. Cameras can be distracting for some animals, so if you cannot get your pet to behave normally, try having someone else divert their attention and keep them engaged.

- Capture the most characteristic expression & pose of your pet. If they are generally happy, try to catch them doing their version of a smile.

- A good idea is to have favorite treats or toys available. Hold them up near the camera to catch (and hopefully hold) their interest in the right direction. Most importantly, don't be afraid to be silly. Try making funny and unusual noises or movements to get their attention. 

About Faces  |  P.O. Box 1878  Lyons, Colorado  80540  |  303.823.0856