Commissioning a Pet Portrait - Step by Step

Traditional, hand-painted portraits are treasured and passed from generation to generation. I use professional-grade, archival-quality materials in a realistic style reminiscent of the Old Masters.

I refer to photographs of your pet when painting, so you must provide several good images from which I can choose. Please share your favorites and I will be happy to discuss which one(s) would make the best portrait reference.

So, what's the next step? The following information will guide you through the process so you know what to expect. Should you have any questions, though, please call or email me. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Starting the process of your commissioned portrait

1. Check the pet portrait prices page.

This will give you an idea of how much your portrait will cost. If you have some specifics not shown on the prices page (a special size, multiple pets or idea), please contact me and I can give you a custom quote.

2. Send your best quality photos.

A good quality photo is the cornerstone to your masterpiece. I cannot express enough how important providing a good photo will be to the outcome. (We will be discussing your expectations for your commissioned portrait. If I'm unable to provide the detail you are looking for with the resources you provide, I will let you know.)

3. We'll Discuss Your Choices

After reviewing your photos, we will discuss and select the best photo and determine the size of canvas to use for your custom painting. (A portrait of your pet is best displayed when painted life size; however, any size can be used - and sometimes with an interesting impact. Note: "When Maggie Smiles" using just part of her face for a 9" × 12" Belgium linen panel; and "Tucker", who is on a custom sized 15.75 × 13.25 Belgium linen panel to provide a perfect balance for his stature.)

4. Commission Agreement

After all details are finalized, I will provide an invoice for the total cost of your commission (including shipping). At this time, I ask that you provide a 50% deposit, which will be applied towards your invoice total. An optional payment plan is also available.

5. The painting process

When I am working on your commission, I will contact you several times throughout the process. I may provide images of my progress, and consult you about adjustments that fully capture the likeness of your pet. Once complete, I will send you a photo for final approval. After approval, it will take approximately 2-3 weeks for drying and varnishing. While your commission is drying, I will order your custom frame (if you have decided to include it in your commission).

6. Getting your commissioned painting to you

When your commission is ready for delivery or mailing, the final payment is due. Your completed commissioned portrait will then be delivered (If within 60 miles); or shipped via FedEx. If shipping, the portrait will be packed in a FedEx (art-specific) packing box and sent to you.

7. You'll receive your beautiful commissioned Oil Painting