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Commission Work

Portraits of pets and their people  —


I got started doing pet commissions back in East Tennessee, where I was invited to do live dog portraits at a joint identification event sponsored by the Knox County Humane Society and Purina. Each dog owner got a free, live, portrait of their dog when they brought them in for tattoo ID (this was LONG before microchips!). The paintings were done quickly with markers and watercolor… since I had never done more than rough sketches of dogs from life, I did some marker work of my boyfriend’s dog Ruff.


It was such a success I was commissioned to do many more finished paintings. Since
I loved painting animals of all kinds, it was a natural progression! But MOST of the portrait work since then has had the aid of a camera!





Commission work is a collaboration between the buyer and the artist. Most often we begin with photographs or, when possible, a “meet and greet” with the subject(s) of a portrait commission.  (I do commission art other than people and animals.) The more information the better to get both a likeness AND the personality of the subject (or mood if the work is not a portrait.)


While I usually work from client's photos, I can take  photographs for you (additional costs for time and travel expenses). When using client’s photos of animals or people I request you send me several pictures and some information on pose, if the photos represent accurate color, etc.


My pricing for simple portrait work in standard sizes, watercolor or mixed media on paper (matted):


     Painting Size (image)


      5" x 7"           $140.00

      8" x 10"         $260.00

     11" x 14"        $500.00






Other sizes available — price upon request. Works on paper are matted, but unframed.  Prices do not include shipping. Please contact me for information on prices for other sizes or mediums (prismacolor pencil, oil, or drawings).

Multiple subjects (animal/human) per painting require an additional charge added to base price. Please contact me for more information.


Gift Certificates Available


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