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If you haven’t commissioned a pet portrait before, I’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you through the process. If you have any questions, I am always happy to have an informal chat so please do contact me using the email or phone number at the top of the page or by using the contact form.

If you need the finished portrait by a particular date, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to complete it in time. Oil paints can take a long time to dry and it could be three weeks after the painting is finished before it is dry enough to transport. Please allow around 6-9 weeks for the entire process.

Step-by-step guide

1. Think about what size you would like your portrait to be. Consider where you might put it and how it will look in that position on the wall. Remember, the size listed is the image size so it will be several inches bigger once you have had it framed. Check out my handy price guide.

2.  Complete the form to commission a pet portrait and send me the details of your pet and any other relevant information (e.g. if it is a gift and is needed by a particular date).

3. Choose a good quality photograph of your pet that you feel captures their character for the portrait. Photographs should be taken outside in natural light if possible and should be at least 2MB with no blurring. Sending a few photos is a good idea so I can get a sense of your pet’s character, although I will normally just work from one image for the final painting. If you are not sure about which image to use, I will be more than happy to advise.

4. I will work out a composition with you based on the size portrait you have chosen. When you have agreed the composition, a payment of half the value of the portrait is due.

5. I will then paint your pet!

6. The final balance payment is due after you have seen the photograph of the final painting and are completely happy with it (but before collection/posting).

7. When the painting is complete you can either pick it up in person from my studio in mid Suffolk or I can ship it to you (normally via Parcel Force). There will be an extra charge for posting work and this will differ depending on size.

Follow the button below to commission your pet portrait.

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