Interested in commissioning a painting?
Painting people's pets or loved ones is one of my favorite things to do. Working from a photograph, I custom mix professional grade oil paints into a harmonious color palette, that I then use to capture your furry or not so furry companion's personality onto a canvas that you can keep forever. The best portraits start from the best photographs. We can work together to choose the photo that will ensure the best painting. (See below for tips for great photographs).
Currently, I charge $350 USD to paint one pet, on a premium canvas, using professional grade oil paints, up to 11" x 14" in size. I charge $500 for a human portrait, also up to 11” x 14” in size. If you'd like a custom quote for a painting of more than one pet or person, a different sized canvas, or of an entirely different subject, please use the contact form to be in touch, or call/text 503.515.2533.
Payment, due in full before I begin, will place your painting in queue. If you do not live near Portland, OR, I will happily ship your painting worldwide, at your expense. Your finished painting will require a few weeks of cure time before the paint will be dry enough to varnish and then ship safely. Due to their custom nature, all paintings are non-refundable. I have not had an unhappy customer to date, and I will work to continue to have that be the case.
TIPS FOR PHOTOS
If you do not already have a photo to work from, and your pet/subject is still living, consider the following: Whenever possible, use natural light - outside is great. If not natural light, refrain from using the flash, if possible. And no filters.
The more 'information' and personality, the better the painting. To get the most information, the photo cannot be too washed out or dark - try to avoid direct sunlight. A cloudy day, or a location away from direct sunlight is best. Don't worry too much about leashes or collars, we can omit some details and fill in a few blanks, if need be.
Consider a painting that focuses on you subject's face, rather than including their entire body. If there are things that are notable about your subject, please let me know so that I can work to include those details that may not otherwise be obvious to me.
I work from one single photograph. I paint what I see. In other words, I'm not making stuff up, so I cannot collage together several pics.