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Need a bit more information about how to commission your dog portrait? The following frequently asked questions may help you out.

Do you need to see a photo of my dog before giving a quote? -Not for a simple small head portrait of your dog- please follow the dog portrait price guide.
For more complicated compositions or multiple dogs, please contact the artist. E-mail or post a photo to the studio. (All original photos will be returned).

Choosing Your Dog Photos

When choosing a photo for the artist to work from please choose one or several that you think really sum them up or have expressions you like. Any technical problems such as lighting or red-eye will be corrected during painting.
This candid shot of a weimaraner breaks all the rules, but his inquisitive and lively nature meant this photo was simply "him" .

weimie photo

I don't have any suitable photos, is it possible you can take them of my dog? -This can be arranged, any travel costs incurred are added to the order. The artist is of course very happy to meet your canine pals.         

More than one dog?

To have the pets in the same painting -
second dog, please add 15% to the prices, third dog, please add a total of 25%. More than 3 please contact the artist for an individual quote for your dog portrait.
please follow the dog portrait price guide.

collie & springer painting

I have several dogs, and lots of photos, but not one photo with them all together - No problem, the artist will compose the painting using the different photos of the dogs.

Do you do a sketch first? -before committing to your dog painting you will be emailed a digital sketch giving you a quick idea of colour and layout of the dog portrait which is painted in oils on canvas. Once approved the artist will start painting your portrait.

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the journey of a portrait - painting of a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in progress

I don't like the background in the photo of my dog. Can you change it? -yes, most of the dog portraits in the gallery have been changed. Maybe there is a colour you particularly like. View the dog painting gallery for some ideas

Do I get to see a preview of my dog portrait before I pay? -Yes, you will be emailed a digital photo of the finished painting to make sure you are entirely happy with your dog portrait.


fox terriers modern gallery style

What materials do you use? - professional quality oil paint on stretched canvas. There is a choice of two styles.Gallery style canvas to have unframed and thinner width canvas suitable for framing- view canvas styles

Do the paintings come framed? - no, as this is a such personal choice. In special circumstances it can be arranged.

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Do I have to pay a deposit? - yes, to secure a place in the painting schedule, a 25% deposit is payable once painting starts. view dog portrait price guide

How do I pay you? -Cheque or bank transfer, Paypal or credit card. Please note for customers outside the UK, payment is by Paypal or Credit Card only. The balance is due once you have viewed and approved an emailed preview of the dog painting.

Is there a cost for shipping? - For commissioned paintings up to 16" x20" postage is £8.50, for larger paintings and framed pastel portraits please allow £15 for secure delivery. Rolled pastel portraits are delivered free.
For European and International customers a quote can be given when size and destination is known. For example a painting size 9" x 12" costs £15 for delivery to the USA.For work available for sale in the dog art shop please see postage listed for each item

How long will a painting take? -Usually 4-6 weeks depending on schedule, please check the contact us page for current wait times. If you need the portrait for a particular date please let the artist know - for example a birthday, wedding gift or Christmas present.

Gift vouchers are also available - This is a great idea if you have trouble getting hold of photos, the recipient can then arrange their painting at their own time and to their own taste. Still surprise someone with an unusual gift - customised to any amount.

Hopefully the above will answer any of your questions, if not please contact the artist to discuss your dog portrait.

For some feedback from previous dog portrait commissions have a look at the customer testimonials


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