PET PORTRAITS

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 a horse 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

PASTEL PAINTINGS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does the commission process work?

1. Initial enquiries can be made via my website contact form here or via Facebook. If you are not entirely 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. Pastel artwork is completed on Pastelmat card and must be mounted and framed behind glass for protection. The acrylic portraits are painted on canvas and are protected by varnish, so additional framing is optional and the painting can be displayed without glass.

If you are unsure what medium would give the best results for your artwork, please get in touch and I will be happy to advise.

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.

For more tips on taking reference photos I have put together a comprehensive guide here.

Price Guide

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Alternative sizes, additional subjects and landscape backgrounds are also available, with quotes calculated on an individual basis. The above prices exclude framing, however this service is available upon request.