Pet Portraits by Sue Wurzel


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Commissioning a Pet Portrait Oil Painting

How does it work?

You provide me with one or more sharply focused, naturally lit photographs that accurately depict your pet’s personality and colors. It is particularly important that the details of your animal’s eyes are visible in one photo. Depending on the size of the portrait you want, the portrait can show either your pet’s entire body or just a close-up of the face (or face and chest). Your photo(s) will be the springboard for my painting, so please read the Tips Section to ensure that you take the best possible picture.

How do you pay?

You pay half the fee upon commissioning your portrait and half upon your portrait’s completion.

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the size of your painting. For toy or other small dogs, I recommend commissioning a small portrait, perhaps 8” x 10”. For medium dogs, 16” x 20” can work well, depending on whether or not you want the dog’s entire body and a background vs. just a close-up of his face. For large dogs, the size can vary from 18” x 24” to 24” x 36” or larger, depending on your preference and the complexity of the background you want.  It costs $250.00 for each additional pet in the same painting.


Any dimensions, no matter how unusual, are possible.  Typical sizes, however, are:

6” x 6” $275 16” x 20” $750
8” x 8” $400 18” x 24” $900
8” x 10” $500 24” x 36” $1,200

What if you don’t like the painting?

I will work with you to try to correct whatever it is that you dislike. If you are ultimately unhappy with the work, I keep the initial deposit and the painting. (This has never happened.)


Framing the work is your responsibility, although it is often unnecessary with my paintings.

Shipping & Handling?

Depending on where you live, you can either pick up the portrait, or I can carefully wrap and ship it to you at cost.

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