The commission process

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How does it work?

Start by filling in the Booking Form and tell me all about your pet.

I will get back to you soon and we can chat about creating a beautiful treasured keep sake of your furry pal. Then we can begin the process of planning your portrait.



After our initial discussion, you can send me all your best photos. The more photos, the more choice we have to create a great portrait. Remember to send photos that are in focus, because these images are all I have to create your pet’s portrait. The more detail in the photos, the more realistic I can paint your pet. I will recommend which photos and compositions would work the best and the optimal size. The smaller sizes are suitable for close ups and head shots. Additional pets and landscape backgrounds are only available in larger sizes. Portraits are painted on a first booked, first painted basis. During our initial planning sessions, I will give you an estimate of when I can have your portrait ready- usually within 4 weeks. Christmas time is my busiest period so it is recommended that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Once you are happy and ready to go ahead, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your portrait. The balance of the price, including postage (if applicable) is due after final approval of the artwork. Payments can be made via direct transfer or credit card. I offer free postage within Australia. If you are local to the Coffs Coast we can arrange personal delivery.


Progress pictures

will be sent throughout the painting process and again when I have completed the picture. I welcome minor adjustments to ensure you are completely satisfied with your portrait.



I want your portrait to last a life time and beyond, so I only use top quality, artist grade materials.

I paint on triple primed 380gsm cotton primed canvas stretched on a 3.8cm profile. (Wide edges) These edges are masked off during painting so the sides remain crisp and white and look wonderful without a frame. I start the painting in acrylic, as this dries a lot quicker and speeds up the time it takes for me to complete the painting. The final layers are painted in oil paint. I love painting in oil as it allows me to blend the colours and achieve a realistic effect.

I allow a couple of weeks drying time in how long it takes for me to complete your portrait. If you need your portrait a bit sooner for a celebration gift, we can discuss having the portrait painted entirely in acrylics. Just send me a message in the contact form.