PET ART TO REMEMBER; lovingly hand-crafted from the heart.

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The first step includes choosing a medium and type/size for your portrait. I currently work with soft pastels and graphite/charcoal/colored pencils. Types of portrait can include head/shoulder poses, full body or front poses, single or multiple subjects, study portraits and montages with or without subtle or detailed backgrounds.  Don’t be shy to share your suggestions as I can draw or paint any composition you may require. If you are unsure, I would be happy to suggest the best pose for your portrait.

What dimension to choose depends on budget or how many animals you would like portrayed on the same portrait. Note that multiple subjects are suitable for 11″x14″ dimensions or larger. Visit my Pricing page for more information.

In order to render the most realistic portrait, good quality photographs (digital or tangible) are required. High-resolution digital images are best but I can also work with traditional photographs as long as they are suitable.  Review my Photography Tips to guide you.

A portrait can also be created from several “not as good” poses or shots.  If at all possible, I do need at least one good photograph showing the eyes.  However, do not despair if you don’t have any great pictures. I can usually work with what you have along with verbal descriptions of your pet.  Much of my work involves beloved pets that have passed and one of the reasons the client wants a portrait is because they don’t have any good photos.  Tangible photographs will be returned once the artwork is completed.

I am happy to suggest the best photos for your portrait and create a mock up or two for you to view. A quote will also be provided.

After our agreement has been made with photos and the particulars of your portrait (medium, type, size, price), a 25% deposit is required in order to secure your place in my commission queue (portrait quotes will be honored for 30 days). Each pet portrait is highly detailed and an enormous amount of work is required to complete each one.  Therefore, the deposit is non-refundable after the portrait is reasonably advanced. The balance of the payment is not due until you have approved a final proof of the finished portrait.

You will be able to view the progress of your pet portrait as it is created on my public Facebook page or privately via email.  Once you have approved the final proof and I receive the final payment, your portrait will be shipped via Canada Post or via local delivery if you reside in the Greater Sudbury area.

All artwork is shipped flat (for safety reasons, I do not ship framed artwork) and will be well packaged to prevent any damage to it during transit. Each artwork is insured against loss or damage during transit and you will be provided with a tracking number for your parcel.  For artwork shipped to the United States, please note that there currently are NO duty or border fees to import original works of art from Canada to your country.  For more information, feel free to visit the US Customs and Border Protection website.