Portrait Commissions and Original Oil Paintings


My painting 'Winter Dawn' won the Friedman-Rubin Trial Lawyers purchase prize at the 2017 annual Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show at CVG Gallery in Bremerton, WA

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by my booth at Best of the Northwest spring art show at Magnuson Park. It was great to see so many people and meet new customers!


My new book titled 'Painting Animals in Oil' is for all artists who create pet portraits and animal paintings in the studio.

I've drawn on my own experience as an artist to write this comprehensive guide to the painting process. It gives practical advice to help get you started on the right track in areas such as developing ideas, composition, drawing, and color design.

From the initial idea all the way through varnishing the completed work, the explanations of concepts and techniques are illustrated with examples from my own portfolio.

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

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Buy printed book from Blurb. 114 pages fully illustrated in color.

Portrait Commissions

Over the past 14 years I've created hundreds of commissioned portraits for my customers.

Your own photos can be turned into a beautiful oil painting that you will cherish for years to come. Memorialize your family members. Buy as a personal, unexpected gift for a friend, or to celebrate the holidays, Christmas, a birthday or anniversary.

Each painting is handmade and timeless, designed to bring out the best qualities of the subject. I paint portraits of all types of pet, including dogs, horses and cats, as well as individual people and family groups.

A range of sizes and types are available. Click the button to find out more.

Original Oil Paintings

The other half of my time is spent in the studio and outdoors working on landscape oil paintings. My paintings of nature feature abstract techniques and a colorful palette that captures water, fields, trees, animals and skyline from the beach to the mountains.

In the past these were only available at selected regional shows and galleries, but I'm now able to offer paintings for sale directly from my online store

Every painting comes with a quality hardwood frame which has been chosen to give the best visual experience when displayed on your wall. Shipping is free to all US locations.

Find Out More About The Artist

Read my bio and artist's statement. Browse through hundreds of articles on my art blog.

Simon Bland

I'm a Seattle based artist painting commissioned portraits, pets, animals, plein air landscapes, and other fine art at my studio in the Magnolia neighborhood. Click on the picture to read a brief bio.

Read my artist's statement and find out what's behind my paintings.

See sketches, studies and formal paintings as they are made.