Process and Pricing for Custom Pet Portraits

A dog is love and loyalty wrapped up in fur;


A horse is power and freedom, partnership and honesty; 


A cat is stealth and independence....


The portrait I create especially for you is a heart-felt reminder of the love you share with your four-legged partner. 


First.....we schedule a time to meet for a couple hours during the day, at your convenience. I come to you, so I can meet you and your animal companion in a comfortable, familiar setting for a photo session. 


Second....when we meet, you and I will talk about your vision of your companion in the portrait. You choose size, background and extra details like tack or collar.

I introduce myself and my camera to your four-legged family member. I will observe the interactions and stories between you and your four-legged friend as I take lots of photos both candid and posed. Ideally, I like to photograph in natural light for color accuracy. my studio, I create an accurate image of your companion animal that reflects their whimsy and the connection you feel with them. 


Voila!....when completed, I will ship or hand deliver the watercolor portrait to you!




Portrait prices include the photo session with your four-legged partner if you live within 70 miles of my studio in Spencer, NY. (Additional travel costs apply over 70 miles @ $1/mile.)


I will also paint from your photos. I need at least 5 photos in natural, good light so I can get an accurate image of your animal companion. Photos can be digital or prints, sent email, snail mail or in person.


In the case of a pet I am unable to meet, in addition to the photos you provide, I desire to listen to your stories of your companion. The more you share with me, the better I am able to connect to your companion to create an accurate portrait. 


The extras.........


Add up to $150.00 for each additional animal, or a scene with buildings or tack. Additional pricing depends on how much additional detail is added. When you contact me to do a portrait, we will discuss options. 

Additional charges apply for shipping.


The facts.......


A painting is usually completed six to eight weeks from time of meeting.


When you email me, please include daytime phone number with your contact information and best time to have a conversation with you.


Custom watercolor portraits are painted on 300pound Arches 100% cotton rag paper with professional quality paint, delivered to you un-framed.  I prefer that you choose your own custom mat and frame. I am available for custom framing consultation. 



8"x11" (12x16 frame)         $600  

11"x15" (16x20 frame)       $700

15"x22" (20x28 frame)       $1100

22"x30" (28x36 frame)       $2000


Shipping and handling charges apply within USA or outside USA. I will ship Fed-ex, USPS or UPS, whichever is convenient and economical. 


Thanx for considering me as your animal companion portrait artist!

Happy tails!