When commissioning a portrait of a pet – you really want to know
what you are going to get, before you actually commit. Don’t you?

You know your pet. You have decided on a budget. So where do you go from there?
Well, I like to see as many pictures of your pet as possible (because I don’t know him/her). A good range of images tell me many things about your pet’s personality which is a great asset for the painting. Sometimes the final work is a combination of a few images (ear position, eyes, paws, “smiles” can all be controlled and highlighted in a painting, the big advantage over a photograph!).

You are shown a range of layouts (usually 2-4) to consider. Some could be sketches,
like this one, or some just cropped images you have supplied (it depends on the pictures). You may really want something that just will not work, so I’ll talk you out of it, because I know the final result will be disappointing – and that’s bad for my reputation and your wallet! We talk through everything so you know exactly what you will get before we start. Simple really. And very exciting!

I don’t do framing, and most often a portrait is fine without a frame,
but this was a special request.

You get the idea how a portrait would look framed. Of course the choice of frames
is endless, and it depends on the “look” you want and your wall space, decor and budget (that’s why it’s best for you to discuss the frame with a reputable framer/gallery). This is a classic pewter frame with a slip, focusing on our gorgeous subject, Rosie. Just showing how it can look. To frame or not to frame – it’s very much a personal  choice. Either way is good, it’s just a case of personal style.
Still not sure?
I recommend a trip to the National Gallery (NGA), or a Regional Gallery near you, where they have a range of exhibitions on display, then if you like the idea of a frame, then a trip to the framers with your painting. The framer does it all the time, they are really helpful with ideas for a great result to complement the painting.

I saw an ad today showing how our pets are really beneficial for our health & wellbeing.
But if you are reading this then you already know that!

It got me thinking about our very first year…

I had a stand in the dog pavillion at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. A guy came to say hello
with his daughter. The little girl was seriously disabled. Her dad said said she was attracted
to my paintings because they were so colourful (those early ones were very bright!).
He told me about his daughter’s friendship with her dog, Lexie. Her Assistance Dog. And very special friend.
The dog and the little girl are inseparable (her companion and best friend). He sleeps in her room
at night (if she has any kind of problem or emergency, he will alert the family immediately).
He looks after her and protects her. Always. Lexie is a very important member of the family.
(I think he is one of the dogs in this clip).

Obviously budget is a consideration, as is the “look”
you want to acheive. But the size and clarity of your images
play an important part in deciding which way to go – oil or ink?

Sometimes you may not have the best pictures (often the case when
your pet has passed away), so an ink & wash drawing is definitely
the way to go. They are much looser in style (and more forgiving if your
pictures do not have too much detail), so you can have a great animal
painting like the ones you see on this site. All my ink & wash portraits are painted on the finest quality watercolour paper
and are delivered professionally framed and are ready to hang. For more details CLICK HERE

This is a detail of a painting delivered in time for Christmas.
He is one of four dogs in the work. Go to the gallery to see the whole painting.

Thank you to all who supported us in 2015 and all the very best to everyone
for making 2016 a great year.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all.

That’s us! There was nice little mention about us in The Daily Telegraph today.

“Ask Victoria” was talking about an oil painting of a pet, and why you would commission such a painting. The story was about a fine quality portrait, in oil. Our animals can create a very strong bond with us (for so many reasons, or just, because…).  A fine portrait is something you want to keep as part of your family for a very long time. It’s not wierd.
It’s warm, and a tribute to the animals that are part of our lives.