Pet portraits are where it all began! I received my first commission at the age of sixteen, and ever since have been committed to honing my skills and producing work of the highest quality. With two horses and two labradors in the family, I understand that it's the little details and subtlties that make our animals 'them'. I am my own worst critic, dedicating countless hours to ensuring that the finished portrait is just right.
ACRYLIC PAINTINGS ON CANVAS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the commission process work?
1. Initial enquiries can be made via my website contact from or via Facebook. If you are not 100% sure what you are looking for this is not a problem, as I am happy to make suggestions based on the image/s provided. To ensure that you will be happy with the end result I can provide a digital mock-up, allowing you to preview the composition and background before I begin.
2. Once the ideas have been finalised, I will request a non-refundable 30% deposit before starting work on the portrait.
3. Upon completion of the artwork, I will email a photo of the piece for your approval. Once the remaining balance has been transferred, collection or delivery will be arranged.
How long will the portrait take?
Completion times vary depending on the size and complexity, however most portraits are completed within six weeks - often sooner. Dividing my time between commissions and wildlife art means that I can prioritise work when needed, so I can offer shorter turnaround times than many other professional artists. If you have a particular deadline in mind, please get in touch and I can confirm my availability. The Christmas period is always very busy, so please book as early as possible to secure your place.
Should I choose a pastel or an acrylic painting?
Whilst both mediums allow for a high level of detail, I find that pastel artwork has a slightly softer appearance. Perhaps the best way to decide is by envisioning how you wish to present the finished piece. Pastel artwork is completed on Pastelmat card and must be mounted and framed behind glass for protection, whereas the acrylics are painted on a stretched canvas, so additional framing is optional.
What makes the best photo for you to work from?
An ideal reference photo would be high-resolution and taken at eye-level with the subject. I
understand it is not always feasible to provide the perfect photo, so it is often possible to combine aspects of several images to create the ideal likeness. Similarly, if you require multiple pets within the portrait, these can be combined from separate images.
Alternative sizes, additional subjects and landscape backgrounds are also available, with quotes calculated on an individual basis. The above prices exclude mounting and framing, however this service is available upon request.