How do I commission a portrait?
I take commissions worldwide.
1. Send clear photographs of your pet/pets via email
2. Work with the artist to chose the photograph and composition to best capture your pet
3. Pay a deposit of £40
4. Opportunity for regular previews throughout the process
5. Final preview and balance payment on completion
6.Choose a frame to compliment your artwork
Taking the photograph
1. If possible use a digital camera. If using a mobile phone camera please download the photo and check when you zoom in or enlarge it that you can see detail and that it is not blurred.
2. Take the photographs down at the level of the animal so that they are face on and ensure all their features are in the photograph including ears, sides of head and neck. Take lots! They can easily be deleted.
Tip: If you can get someone to stand behind you with a treat (not to the side or they will look away and you will get more hand and treat shots than animal photos!) they should then be looking towards you and the camera. Also try not to stand in bright light which will effect fur colours.
If your pet/equine is no longer with you, we can have a look at your existing photographs to ensure you have a reference picture we can use.
Can I have a print of my original portrait for family?
Yes, If you would like a print of the portrait this can be arranged for an additional fee. I use a Yorkshire based printing service specialising in the Giclee technique on quality archival paper.
I work with a Yorkshire based framing company for clients choosing to have their portrait framed at a very competitive rate. This can be discussed on enquiry. Prices vary on size of portrait, frame size and frame material. If you choose to frame your portrait independently it is advised that you keep your portrait packaged as it arrives to prevent damage until framed. Frames are all professionally finished and come in a wide range of colours, woods and metals depending on style preference and budget. For portraits up to 12" x 16", frames on average range from £25-£60. More accurate prices can be discussed when discussing your portrait size and preference of frame material/size.
How do I care for my portrait?
Prior to framing, ensure you do not touch or blow the painting. Although your portrait will be on high quality pastel paper, using professional pastel, it can still move if directly handled. Once framed your painting will be secure.
I provide a free mounting service with all commissioned work. In doing so I can ensure your painting comes in a reverse bevel mount preventing pastel particles sticking to the glass of your frame. This could occur if your portrait is hung in a sunny spot where humidity could cause moisture development within the glass of your frame. I will work with you to choose your preferred mount colour and size.