Q & A

How much does a pet portrait cost?
What can I expect?
Do prices include the frame?
How much is custom framing?
When can I expect my commissioned portrait?
Do you work from photographs?
What methods do you accept pay?
How does your payment structure work?
What process do you use to do your portraits?
What kind of photos do you need?
How many photos do you need?
What is the best portrait size for my pet?
Can more than one pet be included in the portrait?
Will you display the finished painting on your website?
Can I use the finished painting commercially?

How much does a pet portrait cost?

There is a price list (in drop downs on home page). It is also available here - Pet Portrait Prices.

What Can I expect?

I paint using the "Alla Prima" method, pre-mixing most of the oil colors for your portrait, before I begin brushing the oil paint on the canvas (Belgium Linen). This allows me the additional time needed to work wet on wet. Traditionally, a new layer of oil-based paint is applied to most parts of a painting only after allowing a previous layer to dry completely; this drying process can take from several days to several weeks, depending on the thickness of the paint. In contrast, work performed using "alla prima" must be carried out in one or more sessions (depending on the types of paint used, mediums and their respective drying times), and it is common for such a work to be finished in only one session or "sitting". It normally takes me a week (or 30-40 hours) to complete a Pet Portrait painting. In order to keep the paints wet, I use a special homemade medium recipe, which I hand mix using traditional ingredients (Stand oil, Venetian Turpentine, Clove oil, among other well known archival ingredients). This unique medium keeps the oils "open" (meaning wet) for over a week. This will also slow down the drying time for delivery; but, as a result, you will get a lustrous, rich oil painting that makes it well worth it. Once the painting is dry, I put a conservative varnish on it to protect it from the elements and bring out it's rich color.

Do prices include the frame?

The prices shown are for the commissioned portrait only unless otherwise specified. Custom frames are available to you at a huge reduction (Purchased at wholesale and savings is passed to the buyer) should you decide to take advantage of the discount I can provide. Your decision to include a frame is provided at the time the commission is arranged.

How much is custom framing?

My custom frames are from a national frame supplier who supplies some of the top galleries in the country. As a professional artist, I'm able to get them at a wholesale cost, that I can then pass on to you. This varies depending on the size and style of custom frame but usually will run close to $100 for small and $200+ for larger sizes (16x20-18x24) at wholesale. (The retail for the frames offered at this price is appox. $300-$800)

When can I expect my commissioned portrait?

Much of this will depend on when your commission is secured by deposit. You will be notified when I start on your portrait. Each portrait typically takes from four to six weeks from it's beginning to it's ready date to send or deliver. If you need the commissioned portrait by a certain time/date, please discuss this with me at the time you confirm the details of the commission. I'll do what I can to accommodate you.

Do you work from photographs?

Yes. I can't press enough how important photos are as a resource in the painting of your portrait (please visit the Photographing Your Pet page). Especially, well executed ones. As a realistic painter who looks for every detail to capture it on canvas (Belgian Linen), your photo will be the cornerstone for a realistically rendered oil painting. Although, I may ask to see several photos, I will discuss with you which one I feel will make the best portrait subject. As a realist artist, I paint what I see, so the finished painting will look like very similar to the selected photo. The main difference might be the background or other details you may wish to exclude.

What methods do you accept pay?

Currently, I accept both Apple Pay and Pay Pal.

How does your payment structure work?

Once a size has been decided on, you will receive an invoice including all costs (the size and price of the commissioned portrait, the cost of a custom frame -if chosen, an art shipping box and Fed Ex Shipping), a deposit of 50% is due at that time. The remainder is due upon completion of the commissioned piece before delivery.

What process do you use to do your portraits?

I will be hand painting your commissioned portrait using time honored traditional methods. I only use the finest Professional grade oil paints and painting structures. I will also be touching base with you several times during the end of the painting process to confirm that I'm capturing your pet's details in the portrait and to answer any questions you may have.

What kind of photos do you need?

Please provide the digital photos in the largest pixel size you have. Often, when photos are sent through email, the mail client may resize them. Please make sure they are the original size. I often zoom in to capture important details of your pet's features. You may want to visit my Pet Photography Tips page.

How many photos do you need?

It is always helpful to submit as many good photos as you have, especially your favorite ones. After I have an opportunity to look over those you submit, we will discuss which ones will make the best portraits.

What is the best portrait size for my pet?

Once a decision is made on which photo will work best as a possible portrait, we can discuss which size is best. If you decide on a custom frame, it opens endless possibilities. Some of my favorite paintings are not the common sizes available in frame sizes, which lends to their charm. One of the advantages of a custom portrait, designed specifically for you, is that you can choose any size of canvas you'd like and your piece will be truly set apart. These will require a custom frame as well since they step outside the standard ready made framing available. Sizes not listed on the price sheet will be calculated according to the next closest size listed.

Can more than one pet be included in the portrait?

Much of the time spent painting your portrait will be in rendering the precise details of your beloved pet. Additional pets will add substantial time to the process. There is a 25% fee for an additional pet.

Will you display the finished painting on your website?

As soon as your piece is completed, I will send you a photo of the finished painting. If you'd like, at that time, you can post it on your social media or share with friends. I will not post on my website and Facebook account until I see your posting or after delivery of your portrait.

Can I use the finished painting commercially?

Clients hold the copyright on the photo that we use as a reference but the copyright of the artwork belongs to the artist. I will never reproduce or sell your portrait or allow it's use by any other website than my websites: portrait.dog and gipson-artist.com; and my social media pages.