Custom Pet and Animal Portraits
Custom pet portraits make a meaningful, unique, and personal gift.
Pet portraits are also a great way to honor a beloved furry companion who has crossed the rainbow bridge, providing a beautiful memorial of remembrance. It was after painting my dog Bessa 12+ years ago that I then began painting pet portraits for friends and colleagues who had either lost their pets, or simply wanted a portrait to celebrate their pets while living. Having recently lost Bessa, her painting now holds an even greater importance to me, and certainly helped me through the grieving process.
Photographing Your Pet:
All custom portraits require a good quality, clear photograph of your pet. The more details I can see in the photo, the more I can include in your portrait. While photos taken with your phone could work, please ensure the photos are in focus, large, clear, have good lighting, and are not cutting off any portion of your pet you hope to be included in the painting.
If possible, always use natural light when photographing your pet. Avoid flash, as it can cause red eyes and create unwanted glares on your pet’s fur.
See the example below that my friend Andrew Grimes created to illustrate good photos from bad.
Once a photo is agreed upon, we will determine what colors you would like to incorporate into the background, and what size your painting will be.
After all details are agreed upon, I will send you an agreement to outline details of the painting, which we will both sign before I begin work on your painting.
A 50% deposit is required to begin the painting, with the other 50% due upon completion.
A pet portrait generally takes me 4 weeks – 4 months to complete depending on the size, paint dry time, and my workload.
Make Sure I’m the Right Style:
Please, please, please note that my style of painting is not to recreate your pet in a photographic manner. While I will create the best likeness of your pet that I possibly can, please be aware my personal painting style will come through in the portrait, and this will not be a photorealistic representation of your pet.
If you are interested in a custom pet portrait, please send me a message below and I will contact you with more information.