Custom Pet Portraits - A Great Gift!

I've been doing custom pet portraits now for several years, and I love getting to know the animal as I work through the painting.  But the best part is presenting the finished portrait to the owner. 

Many of the commissions I receive are for beloved pets which have passed on.  Knowing that I am contributing a gift that helps people deal with the loss of a pet is just wonderful.  Many have been ordered as gifts, an idea I love.

I can turn out a successful portrait for just about any animal as long as I have a good picture of the animal. I explain below what makes a good picture.

Custom Pet Portraits from a Photograph

In order to really capture the personality of an animal, it helps to have a crisp, clear picture that shows the animal's eyes.  Here are some examples of useful pictures with comments explaining why they would be excellent reference material for a successful portrait:

A clear, crisp picture can be cropped for close-up paintings
Straight on shot showing eyes is best
sunlight is best light to show true coat color
Crisp, clear, great shot of eyes and coloring
nice shadowing on the white fur

If you are interested in ordering a custom pet portrait, use the form below. Be sure to let me know how you found me!

I create original watercolor paintings. Portrait sizes and prices are as follows:

  • 11 x 14" for $225
  • 9 x 12" for $140
  • 8 x 10" for $110

Once you contact me using the form below, I will get back to you for the details of photographs, pet name, and your preferred portrait size.  I can mail paintings to most places, but there may be extra postage/shipping charges to places outside of the US.

Contact Ellen about a Portrait.

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Some Examples of My Work

And again, if you have questions, send me a message from my contact page.

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