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Pet portraits – beautiful oil paintings from your photographs

Laura and her lurcher Joey

I am a professional artist creating pet portraits from photographs.

A pet portrait is a lovely way to create a lasting memory of your best friend. I often get asked to paint dogs, cats, horses but I can also paint other animals if you would like. Just ask! The most important thing is to take a good quality, high resolution photograph of your pet, preferably in natural (outdoor) light from which I can work. I prefer to have several photographs to see the character of your pet, although I will mainly work from one.

My paintings are created in oils, which I find to be the best medium for richness of colour and creating a portrait that will endure. I mostly paint on board. This offers a smooth surface suitable for fine detail, although I can paint on linen canvas on request.

I am a professional fine artist and exhibit regularly in East Anglia, where I live. You can see a selection of my fine art work on my sister website

If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, please contact me.

Get in touch

Delivery available throughout Britain

If you are unable to collect your painting from my studio in Suffolk, I can arrange a courier to deliver your painting to most locations in Britain (once it is dry!).

Taking a good photograph

What makes a good photograph to create a pet portrait? Read my guide to taking the perfect photo.

Price guide

Which size should you choose for your portrait? See my handy size and price guide.

Step-by-step guide

Not sure what to do next? Read my step-by-step guide on how to commission a pet portrait. It’s easy!

Laura, has done two paintings of my dog Pepsi who was a miniature schnauzer. Sadly Pepsi had died earlier in the year and I wanted something to keep of her. I had the first portrait done for my daughter for her birthday and the second one for myself.
When I went to pick the portrait up, the moment I saw it I cried tears of joy. My daughter had the same reaction when she opened her present.
All of my friends think the portraits are amazing and I have had many "likes" on Facebook.
Laura has captured Pepsi's personality and spirit; it is almost as if she had met her. I  am so very pleased with both portraits. The detail is amazing, down to the quirky little bits of fur on the top of her head. I now have a lasting memory of my dog. Thank you Laura.

Laura skilfully guided me through the “trauma” of getting Marnie’s photo and then choosing the right one.  As she shared each days progress, her tremendous skill was revealed. She has produced a fantastic piece of art, capturing the essence of Marnie.  A portrait which will have pride of place and will be treasured, thank you.

Pet portraits – how to commission a painting

If you haven’t commissioned a painting before it can seem quite a daunting prospect. I have written a handy guide which outlines how the process works, here. If you’re unsure about anything, please just give me a call or drop me an email and I’ll be happy to help!

You can be confident of the care and attention that goes into each painting. Every portrait takes hours of careful, detailed work.

If you are interested in dog portraits, horse portraits, cat portraits or another animal painting, please get in touch. I will keep you involved throughout the process. I can send you work in progress pictures or, if you would prefer to keep it a surprise until it’s finished, that’s fine too!

Original photographs with final paintings

Original photographs with final paintings

Timing and shipping

My order book can fill up very quickly, so please make sure you allow plenty of time for your portrait to avoid disappointment. This is particularly important if the portrait is a gift for a special occasion and needs to be completed by a certain date. Christmas is a busy time and bookings start from September so please book early!

Oil paintings can take a long time to dry. I normally allow around three weeks after the painting is complete before packaging it for collection or to take to a framer.

My clients come from all over the UK. If you can’t come to collect your painting in person, I’m very happy to post it to you. Just let me know at some point during the process and I’ll get a quote for postage.

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