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Likeness Guaranteed for your Pet Portraits

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



I am now not just accepting pet portrait commissions I am accepting people portraits. Please contact me for more information and examples.

I am also starting a gallery for you to all view my Jolly Splashes Pet Portraits, it is lovely to see them all together here. It is a bit of an ongoing project, so bear with me!

I am now 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!

 Other News

To celebrate Sarah’s Pet Portraits being 15 years old I am going to run a competition to win a pet portrait! Please like my facebook page to keep up to date with my latest pet portraits and not to miss out on the opportunity to win your own pet portrait!

New pet portrait underway!!. 2019 slots are being filled fast so please contact me soon for that special gift or treat yourself. New blog posts underway and check back tomorrow to see the start of my latest pet portraits, two golden retrievers, my weekly blog, double dog portrait, Baiza and Morton and Cruz. Read about the current Jolly Splashes Portraits here.


I got a lovely testimonial from a client today regarding the graphite pet portrait I did of Remi

Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece of artwork of Remi. We gave Mum her present today and she cried (and we all cried as well!) 
I could tell that she absolutely loved it and we do as well. I don’t think you could have done a better job – it is perfect! Mum kept on saying ‘it looks so much like her!’ over and over after she opened it. She has already been around the house and decided where it will go. She has chosen the lounge ‘so she can look at it often’. 
Thank you so much! My sisters are already in talks about getting portraits done of the other dogs who have already passed away so you may hear from them at some point. I will definitely be recommending you to anybody who asks. 

Recently completed pet portraits of 2019. Cruz and watch my latest timelapse of a springer spaniel pet portrait, Charlie, here. Latest pet portraits can be read about here

Most recent pet portraits finished, dog portrait of the gorgeous Sam the Lab. See more here.


New Jolly Splashes Pet Portrait, Margot and Maggie. All prices can be found here


New wildlife piece of art, baby orangutan. More on this piece soon and how I hope to raise some money to help the plight of the orangutans.

Baby orangutan looking like he is swearing, painted in bright watercolours, oranges, pinks and purples


I like to update this picture regularly so you can see my latest pet portraits, but as we are running into Christmas I have to keep them under wraps, so over the next few weeks you can see some likeness comparisons. Here is Splash, what a great name for a horse! Guaranteed likeness of your pet or horse

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“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”

This is Bakewell, I have done two portraits for this client and both her cats were named after cakes and pastries. The other one was called Applejack and he is the beautiful ginger cat at the top of my home page.

I feel like the dog portraits aren’t getting a fair representation so here is a comparison for Poppy’s portrait. 

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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! Please contact me for more information! 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.

I am an international artist based in Kent, the UK, specialising in fine art pet portraits and wildlife paintings ranging from domestic animals to the big beasts on the plains of Africa. Take a look at a selection of this separate strand of my work at my other website ‘Sarah Leigh Fine Art’.

Pets and painting Pet portraits is my passion, in fact all animals are 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. Our pets are such an integral part of our life I would love to be able to create a lasting memory of your pet and I would be honoured to paint yours. You can find examples of my 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 not usually commissioned pet portrait – perhaps a rabbit, a hawk or even a chicken then don’t worry because believe me, 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.

I am to make the process of ordering a pet portrait as easy as possible for you. as it not something many of my clients have done before. Please read my step by step guide to ordering and the photographs you need for me to create the best pet portrait possible for you. I aim to keep you as involved in the process as much as possible. You can either follow the progress in a blog or I can send you updates via email. There are opportunities to make any amendments to your pet portraits too. Client satisfaction is my number one priority. You may also rest assured I use the highest quality materials for your pet portraits. I use pastels with the highest lightfast ratings so you pet portrait will not fade and all my work is used on the archival pastelmat made by clairefontaine. Pastel pet portraits need to be framed and I offer this service, but please don not worry I can ship them unframed if you prefer to go to your local framer and I can help guide you through it all. Once framed professionally either by myself or a framer your pet portraits will outlive you.

My clients come from all corners of the UK and overseas and you will find testimonials of my previous pet portrait work on this site. Pet portraits are perhaps the most fitting way to celebrate the influence that the special animal in your life has on everything you do. You may wish to have a pet portrait produced as an original piece of art for your home, or you may prefer to give a portrait as a gift 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 to your pet. All my pet portraits are painted from good, clear photographs, on which more information can be found here

Hi Sarah I have received the painting of Milly. It’s fantastic. I think she will cry. I would highly recommend you to anybody if they require a painting from you. Best wishes and have a great Xmas and new year to all your family. Kevin. 

NEW And if you’re looking for something a bit quirky I’ve created my new ‘Rainbow Watercolour’ range of wild and domestic animal art. To keep up to date with all my latest work follow me on my Facebook page. This brand new range of work is available as original work, prints, coffee mugs,gift cards and more and if you saw above, I now offer pet portraits in this style. If you are interested in buying an original or commissioning a portrait please contact me and the card and mug range can be purchased through my Etsy shop window.

My experience as a pet portrait artist has taught me that pastel is my favourite medium for capturing the detail of your pet in a stunning pet portrait. I have use many mediums in the past for my work, but I firmly believe that pastels capture the animals I paint perfectly. It is often remarked that my pastel pet portraits look like oil paintings. I am however able to work in an assortment of styles in order to suit my clients’ personal preferences. The information on this website will help you to choose the best style for your pet portrait as well as providing guidance on the ordering process. However if you’d like your per captured in my new Rainbow Watercolour style contact me to discuss.

When it comes to my pet portraits, UK customers and those from abroad can be confident that many hours of work have gone into their commission. Whether you are interested in dog portraits, cat portraits, horse portraits or another pet, in order for me to produce something you are truly delighted with, I aim to keep you involved in the creative process throughout. If you prefer to wait and see a photo of the finished product rather than receiving regular updates then please let me know, I want you to be as involved as possible with progress of your portrait/

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, UK based or otherwise, tend to very busy leading up to the Christmas period which normally starts in August for me and other artists 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. I can produce pet paintings smaller and larger than the sizes stated.

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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