I have just opened the portrait of Jess and I am absolutely thrilled with it! You have captured her expression absolutely perfectly. I knew it would be good but I didn't dare to hope that it would be that good!
Thanks very much for the portrait of Izzi. It is wonderful so realistic. Another super picture to add to the list of pet portraits you have drawn for us.
Chris (Burgess Hill, West Sussex)
Can I just say a HUGE THANK YOU for the pastel portrait of Fudge. My wife was left speechless and in tears when she opened it!! The finished portrait is absolutely fantastic. You captured everything we remember of Fudge and my wife now has a lasting memory which will be proudly displayed in our hall.
Julie Palmer (B.A. Hons) is an established professional artist with over 20 years of experience in pet portraiture. She has been commissioned by customers both here in the UK and internationally in the USA, Ireland, Europe and elsewhere. Julie works from photos sent by customers in the Portsmouth area to create beautiful portraits of dogs, horses and other animals, usually within about a month of ordering. Julie is based in Chichester, West Sussex.
Hi, thank you for visiting my site and your interest in my work. Creating portraits has always been a passion of mine (even as a young child!) – I love seeking to bring out the emotion and beauty of the animals I paint. Don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions – I look forwards to hearing from you!
There are a range of options when commissioning a dog portrait. My most popular choice is a head and shoulders portrait, either at 12” by 9” or 16” by 12”. There is also the possibility of creating larger full body studies, and I usually undertake these at sizes between 16” by 12” to 24” by 18”. It’s also possible to add scenic backgrounds to the work. You can see more examples of my dog portraits by clicking here.
As with all my works, I use pastels when creating my portraits, and I find this media works especially well for capturing the details found in the cat’s hairs and eyes. For portrait size, cats usually work best at 12” by 9” for head and shoulder works and 16” by 12” (or 18” by 14”) if a full body portrait would be preferred. You can see more examples of my cat portraits here, including group works and ones with scenic backgrounds.
I usually undertake horse portraits at 16” by 12” or 18” by 12” as head and neck studies, and these can be painted on a plain backdrop or with a background scene chosen by the owner. It’s also possible to remove items such as bridles and harnesses (even if these are in the original photos). A horse’s coat can often change colour during the seasons, and so I will often ask for a photo that best represents their colour. You can see more examples of my horse commissions here.