Pet Portraits from Photos

Custom Pet Paintings from your Photographs by experienced professional animal artist (UK & international delivery).

Pet Portrait Gallery

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A timeless tribute to your own pet or a unique and special gift for an animal lover.

About my Pet Portraits

I aim to capture the individuality and personality of your pet.  I use traditional painting skills to create a realistic likeness. Since you are commissioning a special piece of art, not a photograph, so I try to create something more expressive and unique than photo-realism.  I am interested in capturing the unique expression and character of the pet, the particular softness or alertness of the eyes.  A portrait of your pet is a unique and personal creation, something made with feeling and insight. 

As an animal lover, it gives me huge satisfaction to be able to create a lasting memory of a much-loved pet.

I have been drawing for most of my life and have over fifteen years professional experience in painting custom pet portraits and a BTEC diploma in Fine Art.  It was a fascination with animals that first inspired me to draw as a child, sketching my pet rabbits and dogs and horse from life. Animals continue to be my main inspiration.

I have worked commercially and provided illustrations for Hudson and Middleton’s fine bone china animal mugs.

I paint animals of all shapes, breeds and sizes! Whether you are looking to commission a dog portrait, or a horse portrait, or a prize sheep (it has been known), my pet portraits are available in different sizes and styles, including watercolour illustrations, pen sketches, acrylic, to give you plenty of choice. 

Ordering a Bespoke Pet Portrait

Whether you would like a painting of your own dog, cat or horse, etc. or are interested in commissioning a pet portrait as a gift, I paint affordable pet portraits or bespoke illustrations from good quality photographs for your total convenience. I also accept international orders. I will advise you on what sort of reference photographs I need and have provided a guide on how to take and submit these. 

For details of approximate prices, please have a look at my pet portrait prices. You will need to contact me for a firm quotation based on your personalised pet portrait requirements.  If you are on a tight budget, you can find examples of original dog, cat and horse paintings for sale in my online shop, featuring various breeds.

If you have an important completion date in mind, e.g. if the portrait is to be a birthday gift, then, subject to agreement, I will arrange to complete and post your portrait within the required deadline and help you to keep it all a surprise!

miniature schnauzer painting
Miniature Schnauzer watercolour portrait

Hand Drawn & Painted with Care & Experience

There are so many pet portrait artists to choose from in the UK.  We each have our own style and unique skills. My animal portraits are completely hand drawn or hand painted with great care and observation. I do not use projectors or tracing methods to create the drawing but use careful observation. I work in various media using traditional drawing and painting methods. I take a pride in my work and with conservation in mind, I use only quality materials. You can be sure you are commissioning a unique, lasting, hand drawn piece of animal art if you order custom animal paintings from me.

Jack russell painting
Jack Russell watercolour portrait illustration

Customer Satisfaction

I have had many years experience of painting beloved pets and many happy customers who have commissioned animal portraits. To ensure your complete satisfaction with your custom pet portrait, I offer the opportunity to alter the completed pet portrait where possible and reasonable a limited returns policy for further assurance (terms apply).  I am transparent about pricing and there are no hidden costs.

Would you like to know more about ordering a personalised pet portrait?

Lead Times for Personalised Pet Portrait Orders. How long does it take?

Please expect to allow from 10 days to 4 weeks for completion of your personalised pet portrait. I usually have a waiting list and am working on multiple orders. Completion times may depend on your choice of medium and portrait size and complexity.  Please allow longer for orders of acrylics.

If time is short, I will do my best to accommodate your order. Please note that orders are placed on a first come first served basis, on receipt of the deposit and suitable photographs. It is advisable to book and put down your deposit early to avoid disappointment!


Commission a Pet Portrait

1. How to Order: Getting Started

Please contact me using the following email address and, if possible, send at least two or three clear photos of the animal:

katherinetyrer@yahoo.co.uk

Once I have your photos, I will confirm if the images will be clear enough to work from, or if I will require further images. 

I have included some advice on taking photographs for artistic reference for pet portraits and how to send the photographs in this guide.

Please check your spam folder if you don’t receive a prompt reply.

2. Brief & Quotation

We will discuss your preferences and needs. Once we are decided on the brief, I will confirm the details and quote based on your requirements.

3. Deposit Payment

If you are happy to proceed, you will receive an invoice and will then be asked to pay the deposit before work can commence. The non-refundable deposit is payable in advance to be offset against price of finished work. This will amount to 50% of the agreed price and, once cleared, secures your booking and my commitment to any agreed deadline.

4. Proof & Balance Payment

Once your pet portrait is completed, I will email you a clear photograph to ensure that you are happy. I may also consult your opinion of progress pre-completion.  At this stage, I am happy to make minor alterations, where possible and reasonable. I will then send a photograph of the agreed amendments and offer a final opportunity to alter the picture to your liking if you are not entirely satisfied (please see terms).

I will send an invoice for the balance plus cost of postage and packing. Once remaining payment is received in full, pet portraits will be posted at cost via special delivery or insured courier service.  International delivery is also available at cost.

patterdale terrier painting
Watercolour terrier illustration

Gift vouchers are available for those who are short of time.  These are redeemable against custom pet portrait orders or can be spent on items my online store. Here you might just be lucky enough to find an original painting that resembles your pet!

Tip: I always recommend using the services of a professional framer. This will show the painting at its very best and help preserve it using acid-free materials.