Simon Bland

Pet Portrait Commissions FAQ

Sketches and Formal Portraits

What is a Pet Portrait Sketch?

Pet portrait sketches are smaller size, informal, affordable paintings that are done from your own photos.

They are painted in oil on linen mounted on a handmade panel. This makes them easier to ship as the panel provides stability and protection.

What is a Formal Pet Portrait

Formal portraits follow a rigorous design process before any work starts on the canvas. They can be fully customized to meet your individual needs; any type of background, setting or pose can be accommodated.

All formal portraits are painted in oil on hand prepared linen unless otherwise requested.

Can My Own Photos Can be Turned into Paintings?

Yes, they can! However, the quality of the reference photos is important and they must be reviewed before any commissions can be accepted. Please get in touch for instructions on the best way to get them to us. Digital images can be uploaded using the message form on our Contact page.

If you live locally I will take my own at no additional charge, in which case the portrait usually starts with an in-person call where we can meet and discuss your needs.

Please note that professionally taken photographs can only be used on receipt of a written release from the photographer.

How Much Does a Pet Portrait Cost?

Sketches of dogs and small animals start at $400, horses and large animals start at $550.

Formal paintings of dogs and small animals start at $800, horses and large animals start at $950. Conformation portraits of horses start at $1,100.

Sales tax is added for WA state shipping addresses or where otherwise applicable. There is no additional charge for shipping commissioned sketch portraits to US addresses. A quote for shipping work outside the US will be provided on request.

How Big Are The Paintings?

Sketch portraits are usually sized at 12x12 or 11x14 for dogs and 12x16 for horses (all dimensions in inches).

Smaller paintings can be provided, if required, but we recommend a minimum size of about 8x10.

Formal portraits are usually sized up to 16x20 for dogs and 20x24 for horses (all dimensions in inches). Please contact us to get a quote for other sizes.

How Do I Pay?

All pet portraits are done for a fixed fee which will be discussed with you and agreed in advance of placing the order.

For sketches, payment in full is requested in advance. For formal portraits, a deposit of 50% is requested at the time the order is placed, the balance is due on acceptance and delivery of the order (or prior to shipping, if shipped).

You may purchase any portrait directly from the online store, or we will email you an invoice with a link to a secure site where you can make payment. Cash and checks are also accepted.

Do Portrait Commissions Come Already Framed?

Sorry, they don't. All commissioned portraits are delivered unframed and the cost of framing is not included in the commission fee. A frame can be supplied at additional cost, if required.

How Long Until my Portrait is Delivered?

Most portraits take a minimum of three months to complete (it takes that long for the paint to be dry enough to ship them), but some paintings can take longer. Due to the extra time needed in the studio, large formal portraits can take up to six months.

What About Shipping and Returns?

There is no additional charge for shipping to anywhere in the US. Please contact us for a quote for shipping work outside the US.

Please note that all payments for commissions, including the deposit and payment of the final balance, are non-refundable, unless due to errors errors in invoicing.

All commissioned paintings are non-returnable except in the event of damage or physical defect. We will provide a preview of the painting prior to shipping and will modify and/or repaint the painting if you are dissatisfied in any way.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

As the artist I retain the copyright on the image of the painting (although I'm happy for you to share and use it freely).

This means I retain the right to use the image for things like promotional purposes, brochures and other printed material, publications including books and articles about my work, and websites and films showing my work.