Portrait Commissions and Original Oil Paintings

See My Paintings

An archive of selected portraits, animal paintings and landscapes from the past 15 years.

Process and Fees

Commissions are available in any size in oil on hand-prepared linen or pencil on paper. Delivery takes about three months.

Purchase Online

Commissioned portraits can be ordered directly from my online store. Your next painting is just a click away.

Original Oil Paintings

See the artwork in my online gallery and buy direct from the studio. All paintings are framed and ready to display on your walls.


I will be setting up my display at Magnolia Summerfest on 4-5th August, 2018. Please stop by and say hello if you're in the area.

Later in the year I will be participating in the Best of the Northwest Fall Show.

The online store is currently closed and will reopen in early August.


The second edition of my book 'Painting Animals in Oil' is for all artists who create pet portraits and animal paintings in the studio. It will help get you started on the right track in areas such as developing ideas, composition, drawing, and color design.

All concepts and methods are illustrated with examples from my own portfolio.

The book is available as a PDF download from my online store. It can be read on all tablets and PCs. A printed version is available from Amazon.

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About Simon Bland

Simon Bland is a Seattle-based artist painting commissioned portraits, pets, animals, plein air landscapes, and other fine art.