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 Size

What size of portrait would you recommend for my breed of dog?


The answer to this question depends on whether or not you would like a head and shoulders, a full body portrait, or whether you require a group portrait.


Head and shoulders portraits

Generally any breed of dog will work on a 12" by 9" or 16" by 12" size portrait. Bear in mind that with a 24" by 18" for most types of pets (other than horses and very large dogs) the portrait will appear larger than life size. A 16" by 12" or 18" by 14" offers more scope for detail, especially when a moderate or larger dog (such as German Shepherd) is being painted.

A 16" by 12" head and shoulders portrait

Head and shoulders portrait of a border collie dog in pastels
"Swci" (pastels, 2010)
enlarge this border collie portrait

full body portraits

I offer 16" by 12", 18" by 14", 20" by 15 ", or 24" by 18" for a full body study, with the largest size giving scope for the greatest depth of detail. Cats or toy dog can work well at the 16" by 12" size, larger breeds dogs work better at the larger sizes.

A 24" by 18" full body study
jack russell terrier
"Milo" (pastels, 2008)
enlarge this jack russell terrier portrait

group portraits

For head and shoulders studies with two subjects, the optimum sizes are 16" by 12", 18" by 14", or 20" by 15". Three subjects require 24" by 18".

Any full body group studies are best at 24" by 18" (although 20" by 15" can work for smaller breeds or subjects). Larger sizes are available on request.

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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