My darling Gypsy, whom I adore.
I love creating beautiful pet portraits and would love to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding the information below, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Today, most of us no longer use a good quality digital camera as it's become standard to use a mobile device to take photos of our pets. Add to that the fact that most of those photos are taken in a hurry to capture that special moment, they can often end up blurry, hazy or lacking good contrast. It's important to keep in mind that even though the photo looks fine as a photograph, it might not translate well into a painting.
To produce a gorgeous, lifelike, premium oil painting, it's important to be provided with clear, sharp, in focus photos, especially around the eyes, so that I'm able to see your pet's true expression. My art style is realism and if the finer details are not showing up in the photo, they can't be painted into the portrait. I can't speak for other artists but I need to be able to see the details in my subjects in order to really capture their individual personality and create a beautiful painting.
Our eyes accept what we see in both photographs as being true. We know that the cute puppy on the left doesn't really have robot eyes, we know that the cause for this is because of the flash from the camera. But if it was painted just as it appears, we would assume the artist did something quite wrong. This is why it's important to provide me with the best photo you possibly can. Additionally, if you look at the puppy's white fur (again on the left), you will see that there is little to no contrast showing on her face, chest and arms. As a photograph this is fine, our brains accept it. But if I painted her onto the canvas as it's seen here, she will unfortunately look flat, with no dimension at all. While I can add shadow and highlights to have her appear more lifelike, the improvements I make are assumptions and therefore may not be exactly as you see your pet. The photograph on the right shows much more detail. We can see individual strands of fur around the face, the nose is in focus, the eyes are clear and there is good contrast, a combination of highlights and shadows. A photo like this will help me produce a most sumptuous, original oil painting that will dazzle and amaze you every time you gaze at it, for many, many years.
I have worked from both inferior photos and stunning photos. In my opinion, and maybe it's because I'm more critical of my own work, I can see a crucial difference in the success of my paintings. It is well worth the time to capture a great photograph of your beloved dog and this in turn will enable me to create a beautiful and vibrant work of art, painted with love, care and attention to detail. My paintings are enjoyed by clients from all over the world. If you are unsure about the photo you have in mind, I invite you to send me an email message and I can take a look at what you have and advise if it is workable.
If you are interested in commissioning me to paint your pet, please send me an email inquiry, and include the size canvas you are considering, for a price quote.
I paint any breed at all, big or small. ☺
Attention Local Neighbours: For my local neighbours
within my area of residence, a discount will be
extended to you. Just send me an email and
your street name for verification and I will
provide you with a no obligation quote.
Please note that these prices are a guide and may vary depending on the amount of detail desired in the painting. For example, if you desire more than one pet in the painting or would like a detailed background, the price would increase. Many of my larger paintings are highly detailed which involve more time to execute and as such will affect the price. If this is what you desire for your portrait, feel free to email me your high resolution photo for a price quote to see if it's suitable for a large size canvas. Paintings are provided on stretched canvas and are unframed.
The prices below are listed in U.S. dollars
and are for head/chest with simple background.
For Pet Portraits
6" x 6".............................. $250
8" x 10"............................ $400
12" x 12"...………………..$500
11" x 14"...........................$650
12" x 16"...........................$700
14" x 18"...........................$800
16" x 20"...........................$1000
For Child and Adult (People) Portraits
14" x 18"...............................$1000
16" x 20"...............................$1250
Other sized canvases are available, just ask and I can provide you with a price.
Shipping costs extra and depends on where you live. I can obtain a shipping quote for you prior to your order, based on where you live. Please keep in mind that for some international orders your country might apply a duty charge.
Deposit is not necessary. Throughout the painting process I will update you with photos so you may watch the progress. Payment is not due until the painting is finished and approved by you. I accept payments through PayPal for secure online credit card transactions, wire transfer through your bank or you may mail me a check if you are uneasy paying online. Once payment is received, your painting will be shipped with care and upon my return from the post office, I will provide you with an email which includes tracking information.
My aim is to please all my clients. For your peace of mind I offer an unconditional guarantee. If you are not absolutely delighted with your painting, you are not obligated to buy it.
Pricing and How to Commission an Original Oil Painting
If you are wanting a highly detailed painting of your dog please send me your high resolution photo for a price quote. Due to the level of detail involved in these paintings, only a super sharp photo is acceptable to use as the reference photo. A small sized canvas is not suitable for this type of painting.
Painting showing high level of detail of this dog's nose
Highly Detailed Paintings
Painting Showing Progress
This photo is not ideal to paint from
This photo is an excellent example to paint from