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Pet Artist

I realise that it is quite a leap of faith to approach an artist to have a beloved pet painted. I will be there to support you every step of the way as you work with me through the process of having your pet made into a beautiful work of art.

If you are interested in having your pet painted, this information should walk you through the process without worry or stress.

I offer a pet portrait in a variety of mediums, such as pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil on canvas. However, my clients often prefer watercolour or pastel they offer fluidity and a vibrancy of colour and movement when I am painting animals. Oil and acrylic portraits require drying time and special shipping requirements and may be very difficult to ship outside the UK because of size and weight.

I always place my original watercolour and pastel paintings in luxury ivory mounts with a hard backing and wrapped in cellophane. This protects the painting when transported and shows the painting at its best.

If you wish to speak to me about a commission please visit the CONTACT ME section in order to discuss your ideas.
Alternatively, you can complete the REQUEST A PROJECT OR SERVICE form below.

If you are local to Saltburn, I am most happy to visit you at your home to meet your pet or we can arrange a visit to my studio.

You’re are welcome to drop me an email or give me a call to enquire about a commission.

There are some simple steps to follow when setting up a commission of your pet.



Step One

The most important part of the process is to get the best photographs possible as a reference to begin the portrait. These photos will be the basis of the painting so that it is vital that they are as clear as possible with a good resolution and sharp detail.

It is possible to send your photographs by email direct to me or on a CD sent by post. If you send original images they will be returned to you on completion of the commission.

Step Two

Once the photographs have been received I we are happy with the quality, we can discuss the size and requirements for the commission. I will give you a time scale for the completion of the work.

I will then require a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total commission.

Updates of the progress of the painting will be sent to you including the first preliminary sketches and drawings for your approval.

Step Three

On completion, the painting will be mounted in a luxury ivory coloured mount with hard backing for protection and wrapped in cellophane.

It will be despatched to you by recorded delivery when payment is received.

Payment can be made via PayPal or by personal cheque. If paying by cheque, the painting will be sent as soon as the cheque has cleared.



Helpful tips and ideas when taking your pet's photograph

Tiger PortraitIf you want a head and shoulder portrait of your pet, make sure that you take a photograph with the whole of your pet’s head in the frame. I know that this sounds like an obvious comment, but I have received quite a few photos of dogs at the far end of the garden looking like a little black dot.

Try and take the photographs outside without a flash. If possible, try not to take the photographs at noon or on a very sunny day as the shadows are dark and all the detail is lost.

When taking the photograph, crouch down to the level of your pet so that you are getting the correct angle of the head and not looking down on the pet. When I paint my beach donkeys, I always sit down low on the beach so that I can get the whole animal’s head in the frame and all the details are then captured.

Try and get as close as possible staying in focus. This will give all the necessary detail to the portrait and make it a far better work of art. It is far better to get a well detailed photograph of your pet’s head than a full body image with very little detail.

Close up images of your pet’s head with many different facial expressions will give your final portrait character and energy

For example, my portrait of a tiger after taking the photo as close to the animal as possible. I was able to capture lots of detail.



Price Guides For Your Pet Portrait Commission

Prices include delivery and a luxury ivory mount, hard backed and wrapped in cellophane (for the watercolour and pastel paintings)

Shoulder and Head Portraits


1 10 x 8 inches for the original painting and with a mount
it brings the completed size of the painting at 14 x 12 inches
This size is suitable for a painting of
the head and shoudlers of ONE pet
 £240
2 12 x 8 inches for the original painting and with a mount
it brings the completed size of the painting at 16 x 12 inches
This size is suitable for a painting of
the head and shoudlers of TWO or ONE pet
 £260
3

10 x 12 inches for the original painting and with a mount
it brings the completed size of the painting at 14 x 16 inches

This size is very suitable for a well detailed painting of
the head and shoulders of ONE pet

 £280
4

14 x 11 inches for the original painting and with a mount
it brings the completed size of the painting at 18 x 15 inches

This size is ideal for a painting of
TWO head and shoudlers of a PAIR of pets

 £300
5

12 x 16 inches for the original painting and with a mount
it brings the completed size of the painting at 16 x 20 inches

This size is ideal for a painting of
TWO head and shoudlers of a TWO pets 
 £340

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