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’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.
Size & Cost
I work small and detailed, the largest size I offer is 11” x 14”. Below is a list of all the sizes I offer and their associated cost unframed and framed:
- 7" x 7" for $300 (unframed)
- 7" x 7" for $400 (framed)
- 8" x 10" for $425 (unframed)
- 8" x 10" for $550 (framed)
- 11" x 14" for $550 (unframed)
- 11" x 14" for $700 (framed)
I ask for 50% upfront to secure the time on my calendar and 50% upon completion of the project.
Venmo is my preferred payment method, my handle is @chloejanegray. If you need to pay another way let me know and I can share a few other options with you.
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 will organize a time for you to pick it up from my studio. 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 for the ordered supplies to ship to my studio.
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!