Commissioning 1



Getting a great likeness of your pet is really important to me. I aim to capture his unique personality and physical likeness in my paintings.

When your portrait is hanging on your wall, I want you to recognise your special friend through his expression, the twinkle in his eye, or maybe his unique smile.

Many hours are spent building up layers of paint to give you a beautiful and realistic portrait that you can enjoy for years to come.

The process is fun and easy. Read on to find out how.


Start by sending me a message via email or text telling about how wonderful your pet is and why you love them. Alternatively, you can give me an old fashioned telephone call. 

0421 987 183


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Phone/Text 0421 987 183

 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.

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 formats.

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. 

If you require your portrait by a certain date, let me know and I’ll do my very best to accommodate

Once you are happy and ready to go ahead, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your portrait. Payments can be made via direct transfer or credit card.

We will discuss postage options and I will give you a costing of postage. This will be payable with the final payment. 

If you are local to the Coffs Coast we can arrange personal delivery.

Once started, the first check in will be the first tonal layer. This is where you check off that everything is in place and it looks like your pet.

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First Layer – tonal


Next I’ll start blocking in the colour. Here’s an example of how it looks at this stage.

Lucy- acrylic pass
Second layer – acrylic

When it’s almost finished, we will check in once again, to make sure you are happy. Minor adjustments can still be made at this stage – after all, it’s your portrait and I want you to absolutely love it!

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Third layer – oil

I wrap my completed portraits in bubble wrap and solid cardboard ready for transport. I usually use Australia post, courier services are available. Paintings usually arrive in  3-5 days within Australia.




Photography Tips

Use your best camera. Most smart phones these days are great for capturing details.

Take your time and relax. Animals pick up on our moods, and you want him looking his best.

Go outside. Natural lighting is best. Avoid bright sun/shadows. Dawn and dusk gives you the best light.

Get down to your pets level or lower. You’ll get a better shot than shooting them from above.

If you can see the details clearly when you enlarge on your phone, the I’ll be able to see them too!

Here are some of my reference photos




Acrylics – I like to start the painting in acrylic because it dries quicker and works really well in the under painting. 

 Oils – The final layers on my portraits are painted in oil paints. I like the lush finish and vibrant colour that I achieve with this medium. Oils usually take a couple of weeks to dry once the portrait is complete. I will allow for this when giving you an estimate time of completion.


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 fab without a frame, but if you prefer, I can paint the edges the same colour as the background.

All materials are archival quality and will give you many years of delight.



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