pet portrait commissions
My painting style
Despite the fact that so many of my original paintings have only just become available for purchase, the majority of the paintings on my website were actually painted several years ago, with a few having been painted up to ten years ago.
My style of painting has naturally evolved over the years and therefore, I would refer you to paintings created in 2016 and 2017 for a more accurate representation of what I do nowadays. A few of my recent paintings can be seen here on this page.
A commissioned oil painting will usually take approximately 4 weeks, depending upon the size. Much of this time will be "drying time" as the painting will need to dry out prior to packaging.
I paint in oils on canvas board. The completed oil painting will need to be framed by you when you receive it. I will protect it with a removable varnish.
I work from photographs. When possible, I am happy to take photographs myself, depending upon your location. However, the reality is that in most cases, I will be relying upon you to e-mail me really good photographs that are clear and a good likeness of your pet. I will work from one photograph in particular, using the others as a reference point.
Tips on taking a good photograph
A good clear, in focus photograph, preferably taken outside in good light conditions without a flash or near a window, not in direct sunlight. Bright sunlight may cause your pet to squint and can obliterate colours. Just hold a biscuit above your dog's nose and the chances are that you''ll capture a great expression.
If you are not sure of your budget, I can advise you on different layouts for your pet portrait, based on the photograph you provide.
I take a 30% deposit before I start work. I will not take a deposit until we have decided upon the final photograph and I have confirmed that it is one that I can work from. Only then will I ask you if you are happy for me to proceed. You can pay me through my bank online, by cheque or through paypal.
Postage is charged additionally. Each painting can be collected in person or can be delivered by insured courier.
Terms and conditions
As is usual with all artists and photographers, copyright of the original painting will remain with me, the artist. It may be that I will want to produce prints of your painting and/or to use it for marketing purposes.
Prices may depend upon what you want me to paint as there will be more work in some subjects than others. As a rough guide, my prices are as below, but please contact me for an accurate price.
Medium 20 x 20 inches £450
Large Painting - 20 x 30 inches .......£1050
Please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or telephone 07970 499969..