Commissions: Pet Portraits and Memorial Pieces
Whether your pet portrait is for yourself, family members, or a friend, I would be honored to create your animal’s likeness in fabric.
The creation process begins with your clear photograph, then you make format decisions. Do you want a wall hanging, pillow, or matted picture? Will it be mounted on canvas or do you plan to frame it at home? What background color do you prefer?
I will send you photos of each step in the process for you to suggest tweaking along the way. You continue to review drafts until you give the final stamp of approval. I then ship the final product to you.
See below for pet portrait FAQs!
The loss of a pet is heart wrenching. You often find yourself looking around for that furry friend who is no longer there.
Your participation in the decisions regarding the creation of your memorial piece (such as background color and providing feedback to the drafts) allows for a healing process. Sharing memories and your pet’s personality assists me to infuse his or her personality into the final fabric portrait. I have been able to capture the spirits of animals, the “old gentle soul” to the “bouncer,” through the fabric and threads.
Many customers report that they cry or have tears well up as they view the photos I sent them, especially as the portrait progresses. It is my belief that this is a healthy process. I consider myself honored to be a part of the healing process for you or a friend.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of a pet portrait or memorial?
The price of each custom work depends upon the complexity of the image, the size, and the fabric. Smaller (12 inches or less) simple designs start at $135, and larger and/or more intricate pieces begin at $150. This does not include sales tax (if applicable) and shipping/handling. I accept credit and debit cards (Mastercard and Visa) and personal checks. Full payment is required prior to beginning the piece. Changes after the final draft may incur an additional fee.
Yes I want one. What's the next step?
Email me with the subject line “Custom order” and include a high resolution photograph of the pet. I can work with an old photo if that’s all you have. I will respond within three days.
If this is a gift, how far in advance do I need to order?
Usually it takes 6-8 weeks to complete a custom order. Time frames may vary depending on how many orders in the queue, whether I need to order special fabric, and the timeliness of email responses to drafts.
If your piece is needed by a specific date, that information must be communicated at the time of inquiry and no later than date of purchase. There is an additional fee for rush orders.
Can I include more than one animal?
Can you do a photo of my...?
I originally only created landscapes and have expanded over time to other themes and eventually pet portraits. So send me your photo and I will let you know if I can create it! See examples in my nature gallery.
If the image is copyrighted, you will need to provide written proof that you have the artist’s permission to duplicate their work. I cannot do characters, as those companies do not permit replication of their trademarked images.
Where can I see more of your works?
All the art shows, exhibits, and craft fairs I will be attending are listed on my calendar. If your organization is interested in hosting an exhibit of my work, please contact me.
Do you teach classes or conduct workshops?
Yes, I am available for individual or small group instruction. I have offered: Beginning Landscapes, Intermediate Landscapes, and Beginning Animal/Pet Portraits. I am also available to teach Intermediate Animal/Pet Portraits. Classes range from 2 to 5 hours, depending on content, and can be done in one or multiple sessions.
I offer individual and small group instruction at my home studio in North Bennington, VT. I also can provide instruction at other locations.