A pet portrait is a great way to remember our beloved furry friends. Please scan the frequently asked questions below, and if you have any further questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.
1. How long does it take to complete a pet portrait? The average time to complete a pet portrait is 2-4 weeks, depending on the amount of work I have. Currently, I am on the 4 weeks time frame. 2. My pet won't sit still long enough for a portrait! Don't worry, I would never ask them to. I tried that with my horse once out in the pasture and he just looked at me and walked off! I have painted many pet portraits as surprise gifts, or of those pets that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, so I have had to use photos in those cases. Therefore, I use photos that you furnish via email or hard copy, (which will be returned) for reference. There may be one photo that you love, but the color is completely off, or, you may want a different background. Since my work is completely hand drawn, not traced, I can work off of one or even 10 photos to get the correct pose, color and personality of your pet. For example, the puppy above was actually on a kitchen floor looking through the lattice barrier, not outside in the grass. 3. What medium do you use? I begin with a drawing in charcoal on Ampersand Pastelbord as a rigid support. At this stage of the painting process I can email you a proof if you like. Once approved, I then add color with soft and hard pastels and pastel pencils. If you wish I can email photos of the work in progress to you as well. 4. How durable are pastel paintings? Soft pastels are the purest form of color as they are simply pure pigment with a binder to hold them together. For this reason, they need to be properly matted and framed as they can be easily smudged if touched. Some artists like to spray their finished pastel paintings with a fixative, which does help bind the pastel to the surface. However, I do not follow this practice as the fixative also diminishes highlights and can cause color shifting, where it changes the shade or tint of that color. While fixatives do help solidify the painting, they can still be smudged. The longevity of pastels is quite good with proper matting and framing, and they are best if not hung in direct sunlight. 5. Since pastels have to be framed, do you provide this service? Yes, if you wish. I offer my paintings either matted and framed or unframed, please see the pricing page here. 6. What if I have my own frame or wish to have someone else frame the painting so I can see the frame before purchasing? That is perfectly fine, as I offer my paintings either matted and framed or unframed, please see the pricing page here. 7 Do your prices include shipping and what carrier do you use? No, shipping and handling are extra. I generally use FedEx, however I can use a different carrier upon request. 8. How much do you charge for your pet portraits? You can view the pricing page here. I do require a 50% refundable deposit upfront, with the balance due upon completion of the portrait. Once the final payment has cleared, the painting will be shipped. 9. How are the paintings packaged? I use specially made heavy duty boxes that will 'float' the painting to ensure its safe arrival. I have shipped paintings as far away as Australia in this fashion. 10. What if I have more than one pet to be painted? I charge $80 USD per extra image. 11. What form of payment do you take? At this time I accept credit cards through Paypal and Square. If you are paying by personal or bank check, there may be a delay from the time I receive the final payment and the time your painting is shipped as I will wait for clearance from the bank on all checks.