Pet Portrait Commission

Follow steps 1&2 below to commission your custom pet portrait.

It’s a wonderful way to preserve precious memories of your pet for years to come or to celebrate the memory of a beloved pet we have lost.

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Step 1

  • Choose a painting or drawing
  • Choose a size
  • Pet photo(s). The higher the resolution the better detail I can see!
  • Preferred background
  • And any other special requests ie. favorite toy
  • Email me with the above information

Step 2

From your photos, we will work together to determine the best reference photo and cropping of your image. Next, I will send you a link to pay a deposit online. Lastly, I will get started on your custom pet portrait!

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

Painting Commission

2021 Pricing for Oil Paintings

Canvas Size (in) Price Black floater frame Walnut/Cherry/or Maple frame
8×10 $300 +$65 +$80
10×10 $375 +$70 +$85
9×12 $405 +$75 +$90
12×12 $450 +$90 +$105
11×14 $485 +$95 +$110
16×20 $750 +$125 +$135

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, heavy cotton, 1.5″ deep canvas with painted sides that comes ready to hang however I have included pricing for the additional cost for a custom frame in either black floater, cherry, walnut or maple. I’m happy to proved examples of frames upon request.

Drawing Commission

2021 Pricing for Drawings

Size in inches Price Mat and Frame
8×10/10×10 $140 +$120 *
9×12 $190 +$145 *
11×14 $270 +$165 *

* Note: Mat and Frame prices above are subject to change based on availability of materials. Drawings are matted in a matching cream mat and black frame. I’m happy to provide examples of frames upon request.

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

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!