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Pet Portraits By Sarah, Likeness Guaranteed


17/3/20 – As of today for the foreseable I am operating as normal and taking commissions. None of my suppliers have been affected yet. Should anything change I will of course let you know. Stay safe.

Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy browsing my pet portraits past and present. Modern and traditional styles are available.

I am accepting people portraits. Please contact me for more information and examples. I am also offering a digital file of all pet portraits completed for a small fee for you to get your pet portrait printed on to mugs, coasters and other bits and pieces you may like. I am not sure how long I will keep this offer going so take advantage while you can! Also read about the two Jolly Splashes Cows that were sold to a buyer in France this weekend!


Tomorrow the 2nd of March I will be out of power between 10am and 4.30pm, possibly longer. I will get back to any emails as soon as power has been returned to me. Thank you for your patience.

 Read about Trevor’s pet portrait in pastel in my new blog.

Latest pet portrait hot of the easel is the gorgeous mare Bella and read about other horse portraits completed this year here.

Bella, horse pet portrait in pastels

My first commission in coloured pencils Pierre. His blog will follow soon, but for now I am offering coloured pencil pet portraits at a special rate. Contact me for more info. Read about my initial adventure with them here.

french bulldog pet portrait commission

The Brand New Jolly Splashes Pet Portraits Gallery has been opened. Please take time to visit.

New Jolly Splashes Pet Portraits Digby the Working Cocker Spaniel. Read the blog about the progress of their dog portrait. All prices can be found here

Client Testimonials

Hi Sarah.
Just wanted to tell you how much my wife loved the painting of Bailey. I’ve waited until now to give you my feedback because I wanted to see the look on my wife’s face. She absolutely adores it, you’ve done a wonderful job. I’m sure when the portrait is hung upon the wall and everyone see’s it you will be having one or to phone calls to have their pet’s done.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Thanks once again.
If you would like to read more testimonials from clients delighted with their pet portraits please pop over here 


Pet Portrait and Photo Comparisons

Below are a few pet portraits from photos so you can truly see the likeness and character I capture in my commissions.

Pet portrait comparison to reference photograph of a springer spaniel dog portrait

“Hi Sarah, just arrived, it’s beautiful, so very pleased, thank you so much. They’ll be an unveiling to family and friends on Saturday night after the fireworks in the village”





Welcome To Sarah’s Pet Portraits

Hello and welcome to my website. I am an international artist based in Kent, the UK, specialising in hand painted pet portraits and wildlife paintings ranging from domestic animals to the big beasts on the plains of Africa. Please also feel free to take a look at a selection of a separate strand of my work at my other website ‘Sarah Leigh Fine Art’.

Pets and painting Pet portraits is my passion and believe that shows in my art and I have been professionally painting pet portraits for over 15 years.I love all animals and being the Mum to three furbabies myself, two dogs Maggie and Luke and a cat called Murray. I understand that our pets mean the world to us, they are such an integral part of our life I would love to be able to create a lasting memory of your pet and it would be an  honour to paint yours. You can find examples of my Jolly Splashes Pet Portraits, dog portraits, cat portraits and horse portraits. you can also now view time lapses of my pet portraits here. If you have a request for a more unusual pet it’s no problem. I have painted all kinds of pets in the past from rats, to chickens to sheep and even wildlife! This website is designed to help you obtain a wonderful tribute to whatever pet or animal you have or love.

Ordering A Pet Portrait

I aim to make the process of ordering a pet portrait as easy as possible for you wherever you are in the world. My clients come from all corners of the UK and overseas and you will find testimonials of my previous work on this site. Please read my step by step guide to ordering your portrait. You may also rest assured I use the finest quality artists quality materials to create your pet portraits and client satifaction is my ultimate priority

All my portraits are painted from good, clear photographs, on which more information can be found here. No digital manipulation is used to create any of my pet portraits. Pastel pet portraits need to be framed and I offer this service, but they can be supplied framed or unframed. Once framed professionally either by myself or a framer your portrait is ready to hang and bring you a lifetime of happiness. Read more about the framing process here.

When it comes to my work, customers can be confident that many hours have gone into their commission. Whether you are interested in dog portraits, cat portraits, horse portraits or another pet, I aim to keep you involved in the creative process throughout with regular updates or if you prefer to wait and see a photo of the finished portrait just let me know.

It is common for there to be a 8-10  week waiting list for portraits to be completed because they involve many hours of detailed work, this is often longer at Christmas and can be up to three months. Pet portrait artists tend to very busy leading up to the Christmas period so it is vital that you book early in order to avoid disappointment. I also offer gift vouchers for pet portraits if a last minute commission is not possible, or if you want to leave it to the recipient to decide what they want. Please visit my price list to find out how much your pet portrait may cost. I try to offer portraits to suit every budget and these sizes are purely a guide and can be painted smaller and larger than the sizes stated.

Pastel Pet Portraits

Pastels have been my medium of choice for many years and only materials with the highest lightfast ratings and archival paper are used as you and your pet deserve the best. Pet portraits are perhaps the most fitting way to celebrate that special animal in your life, your best friend. You have come to the right place to commission a hand painted, original piece of art for your home, or it maybe you are looking to gift a pet portrait to a loved one. You can guarantee your pet portraits will have hours of love put in to creating them and will capture a true likeness and character of your pet. 

Years of experience as a pet portrait artist has taught me that pastel is my favourite medium for capturing the character of your pet in a stunning pet portrait. Pastels are pure pigment and wonderfully soft yet brilliant for detail, so ideal for creating fur and feathers. It is often remarked that my pastel pet portraits look like oil paintings. However it is possible to work in an assortment of styles and mediums in order to suit my clients’ personal preferences. The information on this website will help you to choose the best style for your pet portraits as well as providing guidance on the ordering process.

New Jolly Splashes Pet Portraits

Looking for a more modern pet portrait? Something that steps away from the traditional style pet portrait. Look no further than my Jolly Splashes watercolour pet portraits! These bring a contemporary look to any home and can be painted on paper or even on deep edge canvas keeping the fresh and modern look, pop over to the gallery to see view my paintings in this style. Prices start from £35.00. Below you can see some examples and more information can be found in my blog. Also I have explained a little about the process here.and if you’d like your pet immortalised in my new Rainbow Watercolour style contact me to discuss.

Social Media and Blog

In order to keep abreast of all news, exclusive offers, competitions and latest additions to my portfolio, follow my dedicated Facebook page, where you may also get the chance to win gift vouchers or even the odd free portrait! Do also take the time to read my blog where you can read about the latest pet portraits I am working on, watch various pet portrait time lapses and even get some tips on creating your own pet portraits!

If you are interested in commissioning one of my pet portraits please contact me on  07951 241193 or email me

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