Commission Bookings

So it’s back to work for a few days after a lovely break. Today has been busy updating the dog portfolio and I have drawn up a double painting of two border terriers.  There has been an influx of commission bookings too, so I have been busy preparing some mock ups.

I have also been making lots of changes to my website which is very time consuming but must be done.

The spaniel portfolio has been updated with a beautiful Cocker Spaniel Nemo, who visited when I took his photos. 

Recently I have been asked to paint more Border Collie dogs, so I thought I would add their own separate portfolio. If I were looking for a Pet Artist I would like to see some examples of my own breed.  Therefore I try and vary the dog portfolio as much as possible. Although it is not always easy as some breeds are far more popular than others.


Black Horse black background

Black Horse Close Up

I can’t believe I have finally finished my last painting of the year which was a beautiful Cocker Spaniel. Framing completed this morning and ready to be collected. It has been extremely busy over the last couple of months leading up to Christmas.

 I took some photographs of two lovely dogs this week for another big painting.  A Labrador named Tess and another Cocker Spaniel named Buddy.  There was a funny coincidence there as it turns out Buddy is related to the Cocker Spaniel Pet Portrait I have just completed.  It is a small world, but having said that both dogs are local.

For anyone reading my Blog have a great week and I will be back soon.

Labrador Portrait

My latest Labrador Portrait  Bella who is 10 years old.  Her owners wanted a larger size of  14″ x 18″ aperture painting of Bella. Capturing her whilst she is still a very happy healthy dog.  A timeless piece of art from a Professional Dog Artist and something they can cherish their whole life time. 

After sending the initial photos I asked Bella’s owners if they could take some more. The reason being the photos were taken inside. If there is not enough light the photo can lose detail and colour.  Outside in natural light all the colours in the fur will show and the eye colour will be true. 

Luckily my clients had a bright conservatory therefore not having to rely on weather conditions.  A bright day with no direct sunlight is perfect for a portrait photo.  Although I think Bella was enjoying herself very much with all the treats she was getting! 

If you are interested in finding out how it works please follow the link. 

Cavalier Spaniel Painting

Pet Portrait Artist in Bideford

Riva a Cavalier Spaniel Painting she is a gentle dog and highly intelligent.  Riva is a performing dog at Crufts and dances with her owner.  I will be painting Leo who is Riva’s companion soon.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Painting

The King Charles Cavalier dog is classed as a toy dog and the breed information can be seen going to the link in bold. They are companion dogs, and are good with children so make great family pets.  They do need alot of human interaction, so are ideal for this environment.

Using only the best quality pastel for all of my portrait paintings, including Caran D’ache these pastels come in both cubes and pencils.  The cubes are great for detailed strokes, as they can be broken to provide a sharp edge. However, they are not really suitable to cover and blend large areas.

Cavapoo Pet Portrait Painting

Realistic Pet Portraits

Pheobe a Cavapoo painting in pastels.  Cross between a Poodle and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel the Cavapoo is a toy breed, making is a fantastic family pet.  They are very good around small children and are very people friendly.  One of the plus sides of owning curly dogs is that they do not shed as much hair as other breeds, definitely something to consider.

Background colours

I like to paint in a tonal style this means in shades of light and dark.  The background colour can pick out fur colour highlights on the animal’s coat, or the colour of it’s eyes, giving an overall appealing visual look to the finished piece. Having a background that is too busy can sometimes distract from the subject. Although I am also very happy to paint a simple scenic background.

Pet Portrait Framing

Framing is also important when considering commissioning a painting, and is not always the best way to go if you want to just match the decor of your room.  Like background colour, the frame can highlight certain colours of the paintings expanding the overall appearance and feel. 


French Bulldog Pet Painting

Custom Pet Portraits

Mr Victor a regal looking french bulldog pet painting. He is a French Bulldog with a great personality and bundles of energy.  Mr V’s painting is a large size of  24″ x 20″ and the client had it mounted and framed by a professional framer local to them.  This painting was too large for me to frame and post safely so I was sent between two pieces of plywood. 

Animal Paintings

The largest size that I can safely frame and post would be around an aperture size of 20″ x 16″ but this will depend on the frame width size.  Some frames are chunky and heavy so too bulky to package and post. The largest Pastelmat size is 100cm x 70cm.

Before I went ahead with this commission, I had lots of discussion with the client and explained what I needed as a reference. Especially with larger sized paintings the quality of the image needs to be very good. In the original photo image Mr Victor was sat on a bench in his garden.

Dog Artist Devon UK

Dog Artist Devon

This is Jake.  Jake is a lovely cuddly Cockapoo and is owned by my hairdresser. She has two Cockapoos named Jake and Maisie, and Maisie’s portrait you will see on a different blog.

Apricot colour Cockapoo

Both portraits have an aperture size of 12″ x 10″ and sit side by side on the wall.  Sometimes it is preferable to have two individual paintings than having them painted together. However, I can edit two individual photos together in the mock up to see how they look together.  This does depends on a lot of factors if they will match, notably the light in which they were taken.  Bright sunshine casts deep shadows, whereas a bright day but not direct sunlight will be softer and more natural, so they will need to be taken in the same light.

Photographs as Reference

If you live local to me, then I can take photographs, free of charge, which of course both Jake and Maisie do, so I was able to take their photos and use for reference. My client wanted a cropped full face version which I think looks great, especially in the smaller aperture size of 12″  x 10″.

Cockapoo Portrait Painting

Fine Art Pastel Painting

This is my most recent commission of Maisie she is a chocolate Cockapoo.  Maisie lives with my hairdresser and her companion is Jake, also a Cockapoo.

Cockapoo Portrait Painting

This Pastel Portrait has an aperture size of 12″ x 10″ which is a standard size.  Other popular sizes  are 12″ x 16″ and 14″ x 18″, anything larger will need to be collected in person. Paintings that are not framed are secured between two pieces of plywood, making is strong enough not to bend.

For full body paintings there will be a small extra charge and for these a minimum size of 12″ x 16″ will be necessary, but sizes from 14″ x 18″ is more ideal.  I can guide you through taking photographs of your dog, as this makes such a difference to the finished work.  

I don’t expect to have a professional image, but with a good camera you can get a good quality photo.  Some iphones and smartphone cameras take good quality images, just make sure you send the full size.

Retriever Painting

Retriever Painting

Retrievers and Labradors are usually very laid back and our Border Terrier has lots of labrador friends, and it is lucky they are so laid back! Click the link to see the full version of this Pastel Painting.

Pet Portraits locally

You can see the devotion in this retriever’s expression, which is portrayed expertly in this painting. A fine art pet portrait from a Pet Portrait Artist near to you.

How long will it take?

I would recommend booking at least three months in advance, which is my usual lead time although this can vary.  So if you have a birthday date or it’s a festive time of year it is wise to book early to avoid any disappointment.

Once I start your portrait I will be in touch and will keep you update on progress.  Completion time varies between each breed and it’s complexity, so I allow myself at least a week for each commission.  

During the summer months I am able to work well into the evening still having enough natural light coming in, giving me time off during the day to do other things.  That is a real bonus working for yourself as an Artist. The winter months can be frustrating especially when it is dark and dismal, as I like to work under natural daylight.

Custom dog paintings

If you would like to commission me for a portrait of your dog, please do not hesitate to get in touch through the Contact page and I will reply as soon as I can. Give me as much detail as you can, for instance, timescale and size of painting.

Devon Artist

Devon Artist

This is a painting I did for my partner for Christmas 2016, where does the time go! Binny she is our gorgeous Border Terrier.

Binny is 7 years old, but still acts like a puppy, she has so much energy and loves to play.  She can be a bit temperamental around other dogs, especially other border terriers!

Bespoke Framing options

Framed in a Larson Juhl premier frame moulding.  Real wood frames are much more expensive than the Polycore frames, but you can sometimes get a good quality one that is hard to tell the difference.  Paintings are framed using spacers in the rebate of the frame to give sufficient distance from the glass.

Pastels are extremely delicate and can be smudged very easily, also over time small particles of dust may fall, these will then go into the recess and not been seen.  Should a pastel painting be mounted then these dust particles will been seen as small dots particularly on the cream/white mounts.

I have shipped my paintings overseas to Canada and America, but it can prove to be quite stressful especially now with the American import regulations which does delay the delivery.  So I am now posting to the UK only.