Pet Portrait Prices and Process



When you commission me to create a pet portrait, you are assured that what you will get is as unique as the pet that is portrayed. Everything about your portrait is custom-made — including the moulding for the frame, if you wish. The variables that factor into the price of a portrait include:

  • Actual size
  • Number of subjects
  • Subject and background complexity and detail
  • Framing can be provided, but is not included in the price of the artwork
  • I can work from photos that you provide and/or visit you and your pet to take my own reference photos

For your edification, I have outlined below the process to commission a portrait. I make it easy for you. I will talk with you about the pet and guide you through the process, with as little effort as possible on your part. Because everything about your portrait is custom-made, the only way to determine the cost is with a private consultation. I look forward to discussing your portrait with you!

Things we will discuss:

  • Is it for you, or a gift for someone else?
  • What is the space in which the portrait will hang? This helps to determine the size of the piece.
  • Do you have a notion about whether they want the whole pet portrayed, or just the head? This also plays a role in the size of the piece.
  • Do you have a preference of media — pencil, pastel or oil? They all beautiful make for a beautiful picture, but have different characteristics. I discuss this with you to determine what best suits your tastes.
  • Can you describe the personality, mannerisms and any other particular characteristics of the pet, that makes them what they are to their human?


I will need photos and/or videos of your pet:

  • High resolution
  • Head shots and full body
  • Various angles and poses – no attire, please :)
  • More is better. Many photos give me more choice, and help me to understand the characteristic expressions and poses of the pet

Additional Notes:

  • A 50% deposit of the total portrait fee is required to start the portrait procedure.
  • The balance, including all additional expenses (framing, travel, crating, shipping and handling, applicable sales tax, etc.) is due COD — upon delivery of the portrait. Invoice provided.
  • Travel, reasonable lodging, and meal expenses are additional when it is necessary to leave Philadelphia
  • Sizes are shown in USA inches. For centimeters, multiply each dimension by 2.54.
  • When the painting is finished, I will deliver it personally or by insured carrier, crated for safe transport and delivery.
  • The commissioner is responsible for delivery costs