Want a custom portrait of your pet?
A commissioned painting is one of the most special paintings I can make, and a wonderful way to treasure your beloved, furry friend.
Would you like your pet celebrated in an original watercolor painting? Having a commissioned painting is easy. Follow these simple steps.
How to commission a portrait
Step 1 - Pick a size
Each original portrait is lovingly created with your pets likeness in an unframed watercolor painting. There are two sizes available, 8 x 10 and 10 x 13. Larger sizes and prices are available upon request.
Step 2 - Photos
Please send me a very clear photo of your pet’s face, preferably one that shows your pet’s personality. Don’t worry about what is in the background. I don’t usually paint backgrounds because I want all the attention on your pet’s lovely face. If you’d like a background, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it in.
Keep in mind; the better the photo is, the better the painting will be!
Would you like tips on taking a great picture of your pet? Click here for fantastic photo tips on how to take a super picture!
If you are limited on photographs because your pet has sadly passed away, please don’t worry. Just send me the best ones you have, and we will work together to find one that is just right.
Feel free to send me several pictures and we can choose one together.
Step 3 – Contact Me
Once you have decided on your photos please contact me through my submission form below. We can look over your photos together and choose one for your watercolor portrait.
Please let me know if this is a gift and I’ll make sure to not share progress pictures on Instagram and Facebook.
Also, make sure to let me know if there are special deadlines like an anniversary or birthday. I often have a waiting list but, I will do my best to adjust my schedule for special occasions.
Step 4 – Payment
A small unframed, 8 x 10 pet portrait is $175 or a medium unframed 10 x 13 is $220. If you have multiple pets that you’d like in one painting, we’ll need to discuss a larger painting for a different price that specifically meets your needs.
To ensure the protection and longevity of your portrait it will need to be mounted and matted before it is framed. I’d be happy to offer this special service for your portrait using a museum grade archival mat and backing board for an additional $35 or $45 depending on your pet portrait size.
After we have decided on a photo together and have discussed your portrait you are ready to place your order.
Payments can be made in full or split into two payments. Half of the payment must be made to start the painting process. This 1/2 payment ensures your spot in my client waiting list and is non-refundable. The remainder of the payment can be made upon your approval of the completed painting.
Payments can be made securely on my website using Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Please look over the Commission Agreement before purchase.
Step 5 – Progress
I will email you before I start so you can be sure to watch your painting progress on Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to like, comment and share the progress of your watercolor portrait.
Please let me know if your portrait is a surprise and I will not share progress on social media until after the gift is received.
Step 6 – Completion
When I have completed your portrait, I will email you the final image for your approval. Please let me know if you need any minor adjustments. Once you approve of the portrait, you’ll be emailed an invoice for the final payment and shipping. Free shipping is available for all orders within the continental USA! After payment is complete, your portrait will be on it’s way home to you!
Your portrait will include
- Guidance in choosing a reference photo that is just right.
- The highest quality watercolor paints and paper available.
- A white background to best showcase your pet, unless specified otherwise.
- Progress pictures of your commissioned piece.
- Steps to having your new watercolor portrait framed.
- A certificate of authenticity.
- It will be packaged with care and shipped securely with a tracking number.
I am here to help! If you’d like help picking out a reference photo, please don’t hesitate to contact me! If you have any questions at all regarding your pet portrait please let me know. You can contact me below.
"Oh my goodness . . . I really do LOVE it! A million thank yous can't possibly be enough!" - Leslie
"Amazing! Your image of Bella is perfect and I'm hard to please!" - Brent
"I love it so much! I get teary-eyed every time I look at it." - Trish
"I can't BELIEVE how BEAUTIFUL Boomer's piece is! OMG! Thank you!" - Leanne
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! I absolutely love my painting. It's just perfect." - Mandy