Commissioned Pet Painting FAQ:
I currently offer small scale (5×7 – 11×14) realistically-styled custom pet paintings paintings/portraits, working directly from photographs.
Where are you located? I am based out of Rochester, MN but am happy to create paintings for you no matter where you live – shipping is easy and relatively inexpensive!
Do I need to provide the photograph for you to paint from? Yes, this is preferred. However, if you do not have a suitable photograph and live in the local area, it may be possible for me to photograph your pet for an additional fee.
Are there photograph requirements? Yes – a clear photo! A digital photo is easiest, but I can likely work with a quality printed photo as well. I’m happy to take a peek at your photo to see if it is suitable – see contact information below.
Can you paint in black and white? I love painting with color, but am open to transforming your photo to black and white if desired!
What about the background in my photo? Simple and/or natural is most attractive and will help your pet stand out. Don’t worry if your photo has a less than ideal background, replacement with a solid color is always an option.
Can more than one pet be in each painting? Sure! I will try my best, but keep in mind that this depends on the size of your painting. Due to additional time/detail, please note there will be an additional charge per pet (see pricing below).
What type of surface do you paint on? Gallery-wrapped canvas in your choice of depth: 1.5″ or .75″. I generally recommend 1.5″ if you don’t plan to frame it or will be resting it on a shelf. The thinner option is better suited to pieces that will be framed. Each painting comes with a high-quality sawtooth hanger attached so pieces may be hung easily by a single nail.
Do you offer framing? Yes! Framing is relatively inexpensive and usually in the $25-45 range. Inquire for options.
What kind of paint do you use? Professional quality acrylics.
How long will it take for my painting to be completed? Please allow up to 4 weeks after I receive your photo/down payment. The wait may be shorter or longer depending on the season. If you are in a hurry, please contact me to discuss options as rush delivery may be possible.
Will I see my painting before it’s shipped/delivered? Once your painting has reached the final stages, I will send you a digital proof to approve.
How does payment work? A 50% down payment is required (via your choice of Paypal or credit card). After you provide feedback on a late-stage digital proof of your painting, you will receive a second invoice for the remainder of the cost (plus shipping, if required).
I don’t live nearby or I want to send one as a gift – will this work? Sure! Shipping runs $15.00-$25.00 per painting within the US. Your artwork is very carefully packed and typically sent via USPS Priority Mail.
Would you consider painting something larger than 11×14? Possibly! I have limited work space, and have found I prefer the detailed nature and appearance of smaller paintings – but if you’re looking for something larger, contact me and we’ll see what we can figure out.
Didn’t answer your question? Use the contact form below and I’ll be happy to answer.
Pet Painting Fees:
Fees will vary depending on how much detail your photograph/background contains. Prices start at $225 for a 5″x7″ piece, $325 for 8″x10″, and $475 for 11″x14″.
Multiple pets: $75 for each additional pet beyond the first, per painting.Please feel free to reach out via the below form with any questions. If you would like to send photos for me to look at, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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