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?

Portrait Backgrounds

Can I choose a background for the portrait?


It's possible to have a background of your choice for any type of portrait, whether it's a head and shoulders. or full body work.

To give you an idea, here's some previous commissions and background options:-

the sketched background

In this approach, I usually imply what the animal may be sat on, but avoid detail. This option is free of charge.

the detailed background

Here I work with the customer to decided on a suitable backdrop to the work. Previous portraits have included forests, a favourite dog walking area, a view of the garden, a country scene, and beach background. You're welcome to send in any photos as suggestions for the background. There is an extra charge for detailed backgrounds, depending on the size of portrait. Please refer to my price list for further information.

The Detailed Background

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
"Summer Seat " (pastels, 2005)
enlarge cavalier king charles spaniel

Here's another example of the detailed background approach, this time it's a head and shoulders portrait of a springer spaniel, and the owners garden as a backdrop:-

Detailed Background - Head and Shoulders Study

Springer Spaniel
"Daisy" (pastels, 2007)



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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