When entering college as an intended Engineering major,
I'm still not sure how the enjoyment of drawing and painting took
such a hold on me. After considerable thought, I resolved to pursue a degree in fine arts. If one believes in the "fates",
perhaps you could say that it was my karma, my destiny, to become an artist.
Ultimately, I obtained my degree, my BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts),
with a specialty in drawing and painting. Perhaps it is that "engineer's" need to be precise, but I've always worked
in a highly detailed style. The decision to focus on portraiture, especially pet portraits, was an
easy one to make. I have such a deep love for the animals of our world.
--- Your Part In the Process---
If you decide, after having me answer your questions by email, that you'd care to have a pet portrait done, the next step is to gather your best photos together, and attach them to an email. (I can also scan "real" photos for you, if you care to mail them to me) Don't be shy about asking questions, before you agree to proceed! This is a shared process, beginning to
Also, start thinking about the kind of background you'd like. When I prepare the best reference image I can, using your photos, I can replace the background completely, with a beautiful scene, or with a neutral, photo "studio" kind of look.
Its also possible to combine, pets and people from several, different photos, into one portrait, as in this portrait, composed of five individual photos from the customer.
---What Will Your Portrait Cost---
My standard, pet portrait averages about 16" x 20" (about 20" x 24" when matted and framed) has been priced at only $250, for several years, in line with that of most of the other artists specializing in this kind of work. In addition, however, I routinely cut triple mats for each and every portrait, at no additional cost!
Every pet portrait is also "dry mounted", at no extra cost. This assures that your portrait will remain perfectly flat, in any environment. Dry mounting is so crucial to the long term appearance of a
pet portrait done on paper, that I regard it as not so much of a "feature", as an imperative. Paper absorbs humidity, over time. Then you see the warping and "puckering" you can observe in so many paper prints and photos in your home.
I have always done business on a "Good Faith" payment basis. Not a penny of deposit is required; you only pay when you have the finished portrait in your hands, and can see the work I've done for you!
---How Long Will It Take---
On average, it will require about four to six weeks, from beginning to end, for you to receive your custom art portrait. I do address special occasions gift giving more directly, if and when required. (Ask about a customized, "Gift Certifcicate", at no additional cost). You're not looking at a wait of several months!
Now, at your leisure, you are invited to check out three pages, showing samples of my pet portraits.