I can’t even begin to describe how much joy my pets have brought to my life. Who else will listen to me sing terribly, endure my ridiculous pet names, and not judge me when I watch a little too much Netflix?
When asked to create a pet portrait, I jump at the opportunity! It's such an honor. I love learning about everyone’s relationships to their furry friends. Read on to learn how I make these portraits and what you can expect from me as far as size, cost, and timeline are concerned.
Materials & Style
All pet portraits are painted using watercolor. I will focus on your pet’s head leaving the background simple and off-white (the color of the watercolor paper). If you are looking for something a little different than the ones shared here, let me know when you reach out and I’d be happy to discuss options with you.
I work small. Each of the sample portraits shared above were around 7 inches x 7 inches. I'm happy to work larger or smaller. Keep in mind the largest I usually work is around 11 inches x 14 inches.
I’m happy to frame your pet portrait if you like. This way it is ready to hang as soon as you get it! To learn more about how I frame my work, check this out.
The portraits shared above cost around $300 unframed and $400 framed. The price per portrait can very depending on the final size requested and the type of frame selected. Reach out with your specific requests plus your budget and I can get back to you with a custom quote.
Pet portrait commissions have a $300 minimum.
I ask for 50% upfront and 50% upon completion of the project.
I’m really flexible with payment methods. Here are my favorites:
Venmo - my handle is @chloejanegray
Check - make payable to Chloé Gray
Square or PayPal Invoice - they both have a small percentage based fee. If you choose this method I ask that you cover this fee. If you prefer this method, let me know and I will let you know the specific fee cost.
If you have a preferred payment method on or outside of this list just let me know.
First, I’ll ask you to tell me all about your pet and to share a bunch of images with me (around 8-12 if possible).
From there I’ll review the images and pick one or two to work from.
If you agree with the direction, I’ll make a sketch.
Once you approve the sketch I’ll start painting the final portrait. There’s no turning back from here. It is very important that you really feel good about the direction of the sketch before I begin this stage.
If you want me to frame your piece, I’ll pitch you ideas for frame and mat color combinations while I work on the final painting. Once you approve the direction for your frame I'll order the supplies!
When the painting is complete (and framed if requested), I’ll ask for the final payment and we’ll discuss how to get the painting to you. If you live in Austin we can organize a hand off. If you need me to ship the portrait, I’d be happy to pack it up safely and insure it but I will ask that you cover the cost of shipping.
Hang and enjoy!
So, when will it be done? That can vary on a few things! What is your deadline? What is my workload? Are you asking near the holidays? I’ll be able to give you a clear idea of what to expect when you reach out. Generally speaking, if you commission a portrait a month in advance of when you need it (if it's a gift), that would great! Especially if you want it framed because it takes time to order the supplies.
Let's get this project started!
Fill out the form below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Can't wait to learn all about your pup or cat!
PS & Just Because
Here's some photos of my doggos. They are both Shetland Sheepdogs. River (on the left) is our guard boy, protects everyone from all possible intruders, squirrels, and odd sounds. He feels under appreciated for his hard work. Gully (on the right) is a pro snuggler who doesn't understand why we won't let her be fat. I love them so much!