Pet Portrait Artist Julie Palmer

frequently asked questions


questions about your photographs

1. Are my photos OK for a portrait?
What makes for a good photo for you to work from? Do you have any guidelines?
2. Dog memorial portrait
My pet has died and I only have poor photos. Can you create a memorial portrait from this? And do you return the photos?
3. Sending your pet photos
Do you accept photos by email? Can I post them to you? What digital format should they be in?

questions about ordering

1. How long does a portrait take?
How long will it be before I receive the work?
2. Gift vouchers
Can they be made out to a specific amount?
3. Internation Commissions
I live in the USA. Can you deliver to here?

questions about the portrait

1. What is a pastel painting?
How is it different from an oil or watercolour?
2. Group portraits
I'd like a number of my dogs together in one portrait, but I don't have a good shot of them all in one photo. Is this possible?
3. Backgrounds to portraits
Can I choose a background for the portrait?
4. Custom portraits
Can I ask for additional features to be added such as collars, scarfs and the name of my pet on the portrait?
5. Do you paint anything else to commission?
Do you paint people, houses, landscapes etc?

framing and the size of portraits

1. What size of portrait do you recommend?
What size do you advise for my breed of dog, and what size would you suggest for full body portrait?
2. Can you work to a specific dimensions?
Can you create the portrait to fit my frame?
What is the largest size possible?
3. Framing a pastel painting
Do you frame pastel paintings, and how should they be protected?

payment, delivery and refunds

1. What happens if I'm not happy with the portrait?
My comprehensive refund policy
2. Methods of payment
How do I pay for the portrait? Can I pay by cheque/credit card? Do you take a deposit?
3. Delivery costs
Are the portraits insured in transit? Do you post overseas?

Custom Portraits

Can I request additional features to the portrait such as the dogs collar or hairband? Can I have the name of my pet on the work?


Additional features such as collars, scarfs, hairbands, and the name of your pet in the portrait can be requested free of charge. Any specific requirements can be requested when you come to order.

Dog portrait with additional features
"Hamish" (pastels, 2010)

On the left we see a beautiful springer spaniel called "Hamish". Here the owner requested if it might be possible to picture him with his favourite toy. The portrait is on a plain background. However, I included a small amount of shading underneath the dog to create the sense of shadow, so that we feel that he is lying down and not just simply "floating" in mid-air!

original photo

Spaniel dog with a toy

In this example I only needed to use one photo to create the portrait. However, sometimes it's possible to use two (or more) photographs to achieve this kind result - using the first one for the pose and composition, and the second photo for the additional feature required. By clicking on this link you'll see another example of an extra feature - this time a scarf on a portrait of a dog called Sam.

If you would like the name of your pet on the portrait, please feel free to choose this as an option when you order the portrait. I usually write the name in the opposite corner to my signature.

All images are copyright 2001 to 2018 Julie Palmer. Portrait images must not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of the copyright holder.

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