Commissioning a portrait is a simple process, yet I always work hard to bring a high level of personalisation to your requirements. I honestly think a portrait makes for the most special gift for yourself, for your partner, and for your family. Our animals are deeply precious to us, and an accurate and emotive portrait will not only evoke the happiest of memories, but will be treasured for many years.

My goal is to capture on paper that special essence and "soul" that is YOUR animal. It is vitally important to me that you love your portrait. If you are not 100% satisfied, there is no balance payment due.

I am always happy to answer any questions you may have, but I hope that the following information covers most of your most important and likely questions.

Please contact me via email or phone, if you would like to discuss an idea for a portrait.  

Once you have expressed an interest in commissioning a portrait, we will discuss your ideas and preferences and decide upon the best design or way to portray your animal.

I work from photographs, which must be not only clear and sharp, but also sufficiently close up for me to see details. If you don't have your own photographs, I will be happy to undertake a photo shoot for you.

Costings for photo shoots start at £30/hour plus mileage at 45p/mile.   If you would like to purchase images from your photo shoot, please ask me for a quote.

Please note that for copyright reasons, I cannot work from the photograph of a professional photographer without their permission. So if you didn't take the photographs you wish me to use, I will need to see written agreement from the photographer before I start work.  I will always credit the photographer whenever I use an image on social media.

A deposit is required to secure the commission, with the balance due when the drawing is completed, and you are entirely satisfied. I will provide you with an “Agreement” which outlines exactly what I am doing for you and when you will receive your portrait. Please note that both a booking and delivery time can only be secured once a deposit has been received.

I recommend you allow 2 - 3 months when commissioning a portrait. As we approach Christmas, my lead times are likely to be longer.

Colour portraits in pastel are delivered unmounted/unmatted.  They come carefully packed, with advice about aftercare and framing.

Charcoal portraits delivered within the UK arrive with a 3” double mount /matt surround, ready to frame.

For international destinations, whether your drawing is mounted/matted or not will depend on how big it is, since size restrictions apply to all international packages sent via Royal Mail postage.  However this does not apply to FedEx shipping.  Please ask and I can advise you further about this.

Please remember, to assist colour preservation, every piece of original artwork must always be kept away from both direct and indirect heat and sunlight.

If you would like to discuss ideas for a portrait, please call or email me via the contact page.