Welcome to my gallery of commissioned pet portraits. I work in acrylic paintings on Russian birch cradled panels of all sizes. After decades of specializing in wildlife and landscape paintings, I have spent the past 5 years working with pet lovers to create life-like portraits of their favourite dogs, cats, horses and even a pot-bellied pig!
The gallery below is a selection of pet portraits I have painted over the past few years. My clients have also shared some wonderful testimonials expressing their delight and gratitude upon seeing the finished painting. It is the ability to bring my clients joy through capturing their pet’s personality that is ultimately my favourite part of this profession. You are more than welcome to email me to discuss commissioning the next portrait on my easel.
“My husband and I are beyond happy with the painting Peter did of our doggies. At first glance, everyone thinks it is an actual photograph; it is that realistic.
The whole process was enjoyable as well. Peter gave us updates and always kept in contact. He was a pleasure to work with and even helped us hang it on the wall when he dropped it off.
Everybody loves the painting and we have gotten so many compliments. It truly is a piece of art and we are in love with it. Thanks so much Peter!”
-Lana & Cory w/Wolf & Fox
“I just want to thank Peter for doing such an awesome job of the portrait of Buddy which I gave to my husband as a Christmas gift. The detail and overall appearance of our boy is exactly how he looks in real life. Peter was able to capture his personality so well and the portrait is now proudly displayed in my husband’s office. Once again, thank you Peter for your efforts!” -Stephanie
Placing an Order
The first and most important step is to dig up or take a good set of photographs of your pet. The better quality and more varied the images I begin with, the more detailed the final painting will be.
The photos should be:
1. Taken at your pet’s level.
2. Ensure the lighting is good, not glaring and not too dark.
3. The resolution has to be as high as possible.
4. Close up images of your pet’s face, and any other defining features, are important.
The second step is to send me the images – either via regular mail or email – and tell me a little bit about what you’d like the final painting to be, including the size. Sit tight and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible to nail down the details.
Once we’ve settled on the size and what you’d like to see, you can make a down payment – 50% of the total.
As the painting progresses, I will send you updates with photos to ensure you end up with a painting you will be proud to hang in your home.
My prices are based on $5 per square inch. For example, an 8”X10” portrait is 80 square inches, multiplied by 5 = $400.00
Please note that this is a guideline and prices vary depending on the complexity of the painting. An additional pet, in the same painting, increases the prices by $1 per square inch. Most of my portraits come with a mottled background which I feel is more pleasing than a solid colour. Painted landscapes behind a single pet also increases the price by approximately $1 per square inch. All prices are in CAD.