Pet Portrait Commission

Commissioning a Pet Portrait

Preserve precious memories or celebrate the memory of a beloved pet with a custom pet portrait. I’ve outlined the process below on how to commission your one-of-a-kind artwork. If you’re short on time, consider ordering a printable gift voucher for someone special. Head over to my Gift Voucher page and order one today, making it a truly memorable gift.


  1. Send me an email with your inquiry to commission with reference photos of your pet and any special requests.
  2. I’ll get back in touch to iron out the details on whether you’d like a painting or drawing, size, price, etc.
  3. You pay the 50% deposit.
  4. I’ll get started on your painting or drawing and I’ll be in touch when it’s finished.
  5. You pay the balance.
  6. I ship your painting.
  7. Your beautiful custom painting arrives!
Painting Commission

Current Pricing for Oil Paintings

Panel (in) Price
8 x 10 $300
10 x 10 $375
9 x 12 $405
12 x 12 $450
11 x 14 $485
16×20 $750

Custom sizes available upon request.

Shipping is not included in the price. Note for Virginia residents  5.3% sales tax will be added to the above prices.

I use a high quality wood panel. The sides (7/8″ depth) will be painted in a complementary color. The painting comes ready to hang. If you would prefer your painting framed please contact me for current pricing.

Drawing Commission

Current Pricing for Drawings

Size in inches Price includes matting. (Framing is not included)
8×10/10×10 $140
9×12 $190
11×14 $270

* Note: Drawings are matted in a matching cream mat. Frame is NOT incuded. If you would like your drawing framed please contact me for current pricing.

Shipping is not included in the price. Note for Virginia residents  5.3% sales tax will be added to the above prices.

Please note: Refunds are not available on custom portraits, however, I will work with you until you are 100% satisfied with your portrait!

Tips for photographing your pet:

  • The best possible lighting is natural outdoor lighting or near a large window.
  • Please turn off the flash! This can create a red eye and unnatural coloring as well as scare your pet. An overcast day is perfect for picture taking to avoid harsh lighting or if that’s not possible try and position the sun behind your pet.
  • Get down on their level and avoid looking down at your pet. Take plenty of facial shots with their face filing the frame. 3/4 angle shots can also make an interesting portrait.
  • Basically if you have a digital camera or phone camera take Lots of pics!
  • Backgrounds, hands that are holding your pet, collars etc can be cropped or edited out. We can work together on your preferences for background colors.
  • Please email the full size image file of your pet. The higher the resolution the better your painting will turn out!
  • If photos are not digital they will be returned along with the finished portrait.
Example of a good reference photo

Above is an example of a good reference photo. The photo was taken outside just before sunset when the sun is lower in the sky and you get a warmer tone with interesting shadows. This can also be achieved by taking the photo outside in the early morning. Taking a photo in the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead can often create harsh shadows and unnatural coloring on your pet.

Peanut reference photo

Here is an example of another good reference photo taken of Peanut inside by a window. He has a nice glow from the window light and shadows on the left to create depth.  Both images are taken at eye level which creates a more pleasing composition than taken either above or below your pet.

I hope these examples help!