Kirstin Wood / How to Order a Pet Portrait

Here's how to order your pet portrait in 9 simple steps!

1. Take a photo of your pet

I work from your photos. The best photos are those taken in the daylight – don't worry about the composition as I will crop it and make adjustments. Here are a couple of examples of the clients photo, my crop and the finished painting:

2. Choose your canvas:

Decide on the size of your painting and whether you would like it on paper (£10 less but only up to 'medium' size); regular 1cm deep canvas or 4cm deep chunky canvas. Bear in mind that you pay half at the beginning and half when the painting is finished - so maybe you can afford the larger painting after all!

3. Choose your background colour:

You can have almost any colour you like but here is a colour chart of my most popular colour choices:

4. Look at the Pet Portrait Gallery:

It really helps me to see what you like about my work if you can name a few of the images from previous commissions that you like. Hover over the image to see the pets name.

5. How many pets do you have?

I can paint more than one pet on the same canvas but it will cost another 50% on top for each extra furry face and it will need to be a 'medium square' or larger.

6. Email me:

Send your photos, the canvas size, the background colour and any other relevant info to or fill in this order form. I'll email you back as soon as I can with a cropped version of your photo for approval and deadline confirmation.

7. Make your payment:

All of my invoicing is done via  PayPal, please let me know if you would prefer to make an alternative arrangements. I ask for a 50% deposit to be paid before work starts and the balance to be paid upon completion.

8. When to expect your finished painting:

From the day that I receive your deposit I aim to get the painting finished within four to eight weeks, or if you have a specific deadline then I will work to that date. Once the painting has reached a stage where I'm happy with it I'll send over a photo. You can then suggest any tweaks and once we are both satisfied that the painting is finished you can make the final payment. 

9. Arrange for delivery or collection:

As soon as the balance is cleared we can arrange for delivery or collection. I can post (P+P is a flat rate of £25.00) or deliver the painting to you within a 5 mile radius of South Merstham, or you are welcome to collect from my studio.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing your photos!