The services section of the website is designed to give you all the information you need to commission a portrait of your pet, including advice on the sort of photographs to send, the processes involved and gift vouchers.
It is possible to commission a pet portrait in a variety of mediums according to your preferences, although I pastels are a common favourite among my clients. This is largely because of the detail and vibrancy that it is possible to capture using pastels. When it comes to beautiful animal portraits, UK and worldwide customers can also obtain acrylic and graphite pieces, examples of which can be seen in the Portfolio section of the site.
As far as recognition for my work is concerned, I have been 'artist of the month' in Sporting Gun magazine my dog portraits have also been feature in The Rider magazine. I have also recently been given a commission for a series of dog breed illustrations for mugs, coasters and key rings.
Please visit the Contact section in order to talk through your ideas and make an inquiry for a portrait of your pet.
PPlacing an order couldn't be simpler. There are just three easy steps to remember, although the entire process begins with a set of photographs. This set of photographs will form the basis of your portrait and the materials included must be clear and detailed. It is possible to send your photographs digitally via email or on CD in a high enough resolution for detailed prints to be made.
I am also happy to work from hard copies sent by post, although scanned images often alter the colour of the originals so they are to be avoided. I have provided some tips of photographing your pet below. Animal portrait artists are able to do their best work by using good photographs (see photo to right) so this is an important step. All original photographs will be returned when the portrait is finished.
If you would prefer me to take photographs of your pet as basis for your commission I am happy to do so, provided you live within 10 miles of Sevenoaks in Kent and are prepared to cover travel expenses.
Once the photographs have been approved and we have discussed creative requirements and timescales I will ask for a non-refundable deposit equating to 30 per cent of the agreed price of the portrait.
The first step in rendering the portrait itself involves a sketch of the form which will be made available for you to view online and approve so work can begin. I am happy to provide a maximum of 'work-in-progress' reports, although most clients like to wait for the finished product once medium and style have been discussed.
The final step of your commission is payment. When the portrait is completed I will ask for the balance which you may pay by card via Paypal or by cheque through the post.
On receipt of payment (If you are paying by cheque I will wait for the cheque to clear) I will dispatch your finished pet portrait work using a reputable carrier.
To the left is a portrait of the above photo.
If you are interested in a pet portrait then please contact me via the 'Contact' section.
Please visit my prices page for an idea of how much you pet portrait will cost. I also have a selection of frames to choose from. If you can't see a frame you like then don't hesitate to get in touch as I have many other styles to choose from.
A great gift for any animal lover! Not sure what type of painting they would like? Can't obtain any appropriate photographs of their pet? Too late for their birthday or anniversary? Then why not give them a pet portrait gift voucher?!
Sarah's Pet Portrait gift vouchers can be any purchased from this site by debit or credit card securely online through Paypal or by cheque through the post. Any monetary value from £25 up to the full amount of the painting is available. They can be sent either to you or direct to the person you want to surprise.
If you are interested in pet portrait Gift Vouchers then please contact me via the 'Contact' section.
Tips for taking your own photographs for your pet portrait
To ensure I can achieve the best results for your pet portrait it is important that I work from clear images which show the unique details of your pet, such as the texture of the fur, the eyes, any special markings and so on. If possible it is always best to send three or four images pointing out which is the truest in terms of colour. If you wish to send me some new photographs but have little experience in capturing pets, here are a few tips I hope you will find helpful:
- Photographs taken outside without flash or by a large window are the best to avoid red eye.
- Try to avoid a really sunny day as the sun will cast dark shadows on your pet and the photograph won't reflect their true coat colour. Likewise, avoid a really dull overcast day.
- Ideally, take your photographs with your back to the sun.
- Take your pet's photograph at their level rather than looking down to avoid and distortion or an unnatural pose and make sure they are facing the camera if you want a head/head and shoulders pet portrait.
- Try to get as close to your pet as possible while staying in focus, as this will give the maximum amount of detail and make painting the portrait easier.
Good photographs are essential as I can only paint what I see!
The Alsatian's photograph is sharp and in focus. It is well exposed giving an accurate colour representation. The horse's photo has similar qualities, and also has an alert expression that will bring character to pet portrait.
Please take the time to read how truly delighted previous clients have been with their pet portraits.
Portrait – Applejack
"As expected David loves the picture, he noticed straight away that Applejack's fur is all wet. He wanted it put up straight away (so lucky I put some picture wire on it when it arrived last week) and it's now hanging in the hall where we both keep wandering so we can look at it.
Once again very many thanks for doing such a wonderful picture, I didn't doubt that you would do a good job but it has been fantastic to have my already high expectations exceeded. I know we will both enjoy your picture for many years, it will help us remember a very funny and daft little individual. We have 2 more, with a third kitten arriving late in August – I'd better start saving if I want a full set of paintings!"
Portrait – Boz
"Thank you again, I can't tell you just how pleased I am with it, I am so glad I did choose you to do his portrait not only is it brilliant but it has been such a pleasure. Like I said I definitely want Lily and Gunner and probably others after that. "
Portrait – Lucy & Blue
"ITS GREAT, WONDERFUL, MARVELLOUS, FABULOUS!!!!!! FANTASTIC – YOU ARE SO CLEVER. The expression on Blue's face is so like him – you have caught him exactly – and Lucy – well the pleading in those eye's is spot on, she is a very greedy dog and that's the worried look she has when she thinks she is not going to get any titbits (that's the look she has in her waking hours – as she is always on the scrounge for food. Blue's fur is fabulous it looks like you have individually painted every hair on his body!!!! and his colouring is absolutely right and Lucy's colouring is spot on.
I'd just got back from lunch and there it was at my desk. I had told the woman at reception that I was expecting a package today and before I went to lunch I told the people in my office it was expected so could they sign for me.
I've just had the most wonderful fun opening it – you have wrapped it wonderfully well, everyone was as excited as me – we did think at one point thing about playing pass the parcel as there was so many wrappers!!!!!! but no one but me could have the prize – so it was a no go!!
Sarah thank you so much, its absolutely brilliant and I know he is going to love it and I will keep you informed."
and after the client received the portrait...
"Hi Sarah, I said I would let you know what he thought of the portrait, well he absolutely loves it.
We waited until everyone arrived and had had a couple of drinks, then my son Daniel was sent upstairs to get the portrait out of its hiding place. My friend Sue's partner was armed with a camera to capture the moment. Daniel then gave a little speech and then presented the parcel in all its wrappings to him, I think at one point while unwrapping he thought he had got a tray as a present!!!!!! He is absolutely delighted with the portrait and could not think of a better present to receive. He says you are very talented (this is quote from him) and have captured their likeness and personalities and you have a very rare gift. Everyone was so impressed with the portrait, so I think I will be directing them to your website – lots of our friends are besotted with their animals as well.
The portrait is now in our sitting room, so thank you again Sarah its absolutely brilliant."
Portrait – Sylvester
"Sylvester's portrait arrived at lunchtime today. You packed it really well – it took ages to unwrap! It is absolutely beautiful – my Mum & Dad were really impressed. Mum is worried that I will cry whenever I look at it, but I am just really happy that I have a lovely permanent reminder of him!
I'm looking forward to having a whole set of cat portraits eventually; I have a new kitten now (a spotty Ocicat) & Ozzie, but I will have to save up for the next picture – maybe next birthday or next Christmas ... so don't stop painting will you ?
I can't wait to get the portrait hung this evening."
Portrait – Fern and Pippin
"Just a note to say how pleased I am with the picture my wife Julie arranged for me, You have really captured the dogs characters and I will now always have Pip and Fern with us. It was an emotional gift and its hard not to cry when you receive something like this. It's wonderful and now we are back from holiday I cant wait to show it to my Beating Buddies."
Portrait – Sally the Westie
I hope you and your family got home ok, I can't thank you enough for the lovely portraits you did of Sally. Both myself and my husband are absolutely delighted with them. The larger one has taken pride of place above the fireplace and we both feel she has come home. I must admit I did shed a few tears. My daughter was thrilled with her portrait she has a permanent reminder of her little dog. Once again thank you so much for our beautiful portraits.
Jean,Mick and Michelle.
Portrait – Ffransis
'Well its has arrived, we are so very pleased with the painting, brillant'.
Sandra Pragnell, Ffransis' owners
Portrait – Gran Culom
"I am delighted with Sarah's painting of Culom. It shows his power and energy and the look in his eye is unmistakably him! I was so pleased I have commissioned another painting and recommended Sarah to all of my friends!"
Samantha Hicks – owner of Gran Culom.
Portrait – Rodney
"You have captured Rodney's character perfectly. You are so talented. Thank you very much."
Portrait – Baloo
"Sarah, The painting has just arrived. Don't know what to say really, somehow THANK YOU!! does not seem enough. I'm sure Julie will contact you after Christmas to say Thanks (when she stops crying)." – Dale Mumford
Dale's wife did email me after Christmas...
Thank you for capturing my little man so wonderfully, his eyes follow me
around the room. I feel like crying every time I look at him.
You and Dale have made me very happy
Thank you once again"
Portrait – Black Stallion
"Over the moon with him. Thank you for your hard work. He is a stunning piece and cant wait to hang him on the wall."
Portrait – Scampi
"We are absolutely delighted with the painting, the likeness is superb and the painstaking attention to detail is incredible.
Thanks again it has been a pleasure dealing with you"
Portrait – Frank
"Thanks for the final version of Frank. He looks superb. You are very talented. We have had a few paintings of Frank done now and this is the most lifelike"
Portrait – Tom
"Mail as promised for the final verdict, Dad is absolutely thrilled with the finished picture. It looks just like Tom, all his markings and expression are spot on and the background really finishes of the picture perfectly. It is hanging in pride of place in my parents kitchen for everyone to admire.
Thank you again for the brilliant picture and perfect service and communications"