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 pet designs start at $145, and larger and/or more intricate pieces begin at $180. 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 a fabric portrait. What's the next step?
Email me with the subject line “Custom order” and include a high resolution photograph (if possible) of the pet. I will respond within three business days. It is helpful if you can send multiple photos.
This is a Christmas present, birthday gift, or sympathy 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 your responses to emails.
If your pet art 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 in the art piece?
Can you do a photo of my...?
I originally only created landscapes and expanded over time to other themes, and eventually specialized in pet portraits. So send me a photo of that special horse, hamster, parrot, pig, or other animal or place, and I will let you know if I can create it!
If the image is copyrighted, you will need to provide written proof that you have the artist’s permission for me to use their work as a reference photo. I cannot do characters, as those companies do not permit replication of their trademarked images.
Where can I see more of your amazing art quilts?
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 fabric collage art quilts, 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.
* Due to the Covid pandemic I adhere strictly to VT DOH and CDC guidelines. I do not offer in-person classes at this time. However, I am open to the concept of Zoom instruction.
How can I personalize a pet memorial?
There are many ways to add even more personal touches to a pet memorial portrait. For example, a heart (or other shape) can be sewn on the back of a pillow or wall hanging as a pocket. The birth/adoption date and passing/transition date can be added using fabric pen. If designed as a canvas mount, a heart can be added to the overall design. Also, I can incorporate special items unique to the pet, such as a dog’s bandana or nametag.