Animal Portraits

COMMISSIONED WORK.  Scroll down to bottom to view gallery of animal portraits

I create fine art portraits of animals using high quality paper and lightfast coloured pencils.

Each portrait is presented in a mount accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity.


Prices below are estimates only for portraits drawn on a plain white background.

Prices depend upon complexity of the portrait,  if a background is added or more detailed background is required.

Size 1 Pet 2 Pets 3 Pets
A5 £85 N/A N/A
A4 £130 £180 N/A
A3 £200 £250 £300

Prices do not include shipping costs.

For more details on prices, please contact me " contact sue " or email me

Getting to know my clients and their pets is the starting point for all portraits.  A successful portrait which captures the personality and character of a pet always relies upon collaboration and the exchange of creative ideas between the client and the artist. It is important to understand that the portrait is a piece of art with scope for interpretation.  My work is realistic but not hyper-realistic which is a different genre.

The first step is to discuss your ideas. When we have agreed on a suitable photograph, composition and final size of the portrait size, I will then give you a total cost and approximate timescale. The timescale will depend on the amount of work already commissioned.  If you are trying to meet a specific deadline, please let me know.  I will require a non-refundable deposit of 30% to secure the commission and place it in line with current work. I work on portraits in the order I secure them.


Acid free papers are used which will not yellow or become brittle with age i.e., Drafting film, Clairefontaine Smooth paper and Clairefontaine Pastel mat.

The pencils are high quality with lightfast pigment i.e., Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D’ache Luminance & Pablo and Derwent Lightfast .

Acid free mounts in either Antique White or Ivory will be used for completed artwork.


It can be difficult to take good photographs of a pet as they tend not to want to stay still for long or if they do the expression may not be ideal.  I can help you with some ideas to help you take a good photograph.

You may have lots of photographs of your pet in many situations, poses and light and might wonder which is the best one to choose.  I am always happy to review photographs that you already have and let you know if the detail is enough for me to work with.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to provide good quality images.  The better the image the better the final portrait.  You might decide to take a new set of photographs of your pet, so I have provided guidelines to assist you in this task.

Once we have agreed which photograph to use and composition, I will then start the artwork and keep you informed of progress.  When the portrait is complete, I will send you a high-quality image via email for your approval.

Only if you are entirely happy with the completed work will I then request payment of the balance.  Once payment has been received the portrait will then be posted to you.

Please contact me for more details " contact sue " or email me