How it works

Custom Portraits

Pet Portraits

Commission Process

Searching for an pet portrait artist may seem a bit daunting as there are so many to choose from, so here is how it works. Every Animal Artist has their own style from a loose portrayal to realism. I like to paint in a more traditional realistic style this enables me to be able to capture a pet’s unique character. Although I am also offering a quirky cartoon style! You can see some examples here on my Facebook Page.

Tommy – Toy Poodle


Once I have received your initial enquiry I will ask for good quality photographs in the original format and pixel size. Camera photographs are best although many smartphone cameras will take good quality images. For help getting the best possible photo I am able to offer tips and advice.

Photos are often automatically resized when they are attached from a phone to an email.  However the original will be stored in full resolution.  Although one image will be used as the main reference seeing more photographs helps me visualise your pet’s personality. 

As my paintings are in a realistic style choosing the right image is so important to get the best result.  Consider the light when taking photographs.  Strong sunlight will often cast heavy shadows, distorting the natural colour of your dog’s coat.  Black dogs, cats or horses are notoriously difficult to capture on camera and bright sunshine will cause too much contrast. Natural light, as in a bright overcast day is the perfect setting to bring out all the natural blue, purple and red tones.

I can offer a free photography shoot should you live locally

Once a suitable photo has been agreed I can, if necessary, provide you with a mock up. The mock up will be a guideline as to how the painting will look taking out any unsightly background and replacing it with a tonal background.

I can merge two photographs together in a mock, if you have two pets. As I know only too well how difficult it is getting one dog to sit still let alone two! Funny how they seem to recognise a camera and turn the other way!

Once you are happy with the mock I will ask for a deposit with the balance due on completion. Preferred method payment is via bank transfer, although I can accept Paypal.


Framing is included in your quote and I do hold some frames in stock. When a painting is finished I can place a frame over it to give you a good idea of how it will look.  Framing is a very important aspect to finishing off the overall appearance. So choosing the right frame will enhance your pet portrait perfectly. 

If  you have something specific in mind I can source online.  However not all frames are suitable due to the rebate size.

When your booking date is near I will contact you and let you know when I am about to start.  During the painting process I will keep you updated on progress.  

Once your painting is fully framed and ready to be posted I will ask for the remaining balance.  


Pet Portraits are delivered via courier and will be padded securely and safely in a large box. Parcels will be fully trackable usually delivered 1-2 days after posting.  Post and packaging costs are included in your quote so there are no extra charges to be added. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Paintings are unique and timeless to be cherished for a lifetime.