How To Commission A Portrait

Commissioning a portrait is easy!
Firstly you can email me at with some photographs, and an idea of the sort of portrait you’d like. Have a think about the size and medium (oils or pastels) you'd like for your portrait (see Price Guide For Portraits for sizes). I’m more than happy to help you choose - please don’t feel overwhelmed. As well as email I’m also contactable by phone (07624) 364890 if you would prefer to talk. 

Good photos are essential to achieving a great portrait. Check out HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT PHOTO FOR THE PERFECT PORTRAIT below.

Anecdotes can also give an invaluable insight to an dogs’ character.
Once the details of the portrait are finalised and a date for completion is agreed I can book your space on the calendar.
When your portrait is finished I will email you a copy for your approval. In the rare circumstance that you require an adjustment, it can be made at this point.

PAYMENT I don’t require a deposit with your order. When the portrait is finished I request that payment be fulfilled within 7 days of it’s completion and can be made securely via PayPal or online bank transfer. Cash is also acceptable if you are resident in the Isle of Man and would like to pick your portrait up from my studio in Ballaugh.

NB: Shipping costs are not included in the price and are charged at standard Royal Mail Special Delivery rates, which includes insurance to ensure safe delivery. All portraits are supplied unframed.

This varies depending on my current workload and the size and chosen medium of your portrait. Bear in mind Christmas in particular is busy so it is a good idea to allow plenty of time if you want to place a Christmas order. The date that you would like your portrait completed by will be agreed at the time of ordering.


A good photograph is crucial in the creation of a faithful painting of your pet.
Photos must be of good resolution, clear and in focus.
You need to get in as close to your pet as possible. He or she needs to fill the frame.
It is best to get down to their eye level- don’t look down at or up to your pet, and a three quarter or even side view is often better than a face on view.
If you can arrange for someone to stand next to you who can attract your pet with a tasty treat or toy you should get a more alert expression.

Photos are best taken outdoors or if this is not possible, by a window.
A bright but overcast day is best for taking photos, but even so try to make sure the sun is behind you and your camera.
Often people think that a bright, sunny day is best but in fact these conditions can make shadows too strong and cause your pet to squint.
If the photo has to be taken indoors, it’s best taken by a window. As with outdoor photos place yourself between your pet and the light.
Avoid the use of flash because of the red eye often caused.