I was looking for a gift for my mum and wanted something special that I knew she would cherish. Laura was highly recommended to me by a work colleague so I had a look on her website before contacting her. I then sent a picture of Buster to Laura and the rest is history. I remember collecting the painting and can only describe my feelings as overwhelming to say the least, she had captured every little detail of Buster’s puppy like features. I remember seeing the stunned expression on my mum’s face when I gave her the painting of Buster. The painting is now the main focus point that hangs in her living room and I can only thank Laura for taking the time to create such a masterpiece which has made my old mum very happy. Thank you Laura.
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 www.lbm-art.com.
If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, please contact me.
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
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.