fine art pet portraits by commission

Dog Portraits

Our dog portraits gallery below depicts some of our favourite dog pet portrait commissions from the last few years in both pencil and oil. The majority of our commissions are of dogs. They are one of the most popular pets and I know we would’t be without our dog Lily!


Diane Whitehouse (UK) called our studio to arrange an oil painting of her beautiful dog called Tilly. Sadly Tilly had passed away and Diane wanted to have a 14 x 11 oil painting of her to remember her by. Diane was thrilled with the painting and chose the most beautiful frame from our framers called Highgate. if you head on over to the Highgate frame you can even see a video of Tilly's portrait too. Diane called our studio and spoke to Nicholas personally to thank him for the oil painting of Tilly. You can also read some testimonials below too.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Tilly is home! Thank you so much. Her expression and personality has been captured beautifully A real treasure and wonderful reminder of her

Oh Melanie and Nicholas,
You don't know what that painting means to me. I miss Tilly so much it hurts. Seeing the painting brings her to life and I so need that.
Thank you both so much
Diane x
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Bill (USA) contacted us in August 2017 enquiring about having a very special oil painting made of his dearly loved and very much missed French Bull Dog Called Agarn. The dog portrait was to be commissioned for his husband Justin and be a complete surprise for Christmas. Bill sent over a wealth of photos along with letting us know his ideas for a portrait. He wanted Agarn laying with his ball in their living room with their beautiful fireplace behind. We amalgamated a number of photos to create the perfect composition for the portrait which you can see below. Nicholas painted Agarn at 20 x 14 (a bespoke size) and framed using our Kensington gold frame.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The painting arrived today! I opened it just enough to see the painting, and it looks so beautiful and perfect. I then tried to wrap it back up carefully just the way it was sent for Justin to open on Christmas. I’ve loved following the photos and videos you emailed. I would check every day looking anxiously awaiting new updates. This has been such a wonderful experience for me. Thank you so much for giving life to our treasured Agarn once again. This means the world to us. Many thanks again, and best wishes to you for a happy holiday season, Bill
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Bren and Bee

Helen (UK) telephoned our studio to find out if I would be able to draw her two gorgeous Springer Spaniels as a birthday present for her husband. She had seen one of my pencil portraits at a friends house and had been looking for an artist to create a portrait for her. As soon as she saw my work she got in touch as it was exactly what she was looking for. Helen took lots of photos of Bren and Bee especially for the portrait. Helen requested two separate portraits of them as she had particular place in mind to display them in their home. She also asked if we could frame both pencil portraits in a white frame, with a white mount to match other frames she already owned. As you can see the portraits came out beautifully. I drew each dog at 12 x 10 size and our framer framed them in good time to send ready for the big birthday surprise.

Hi Melanie, OMG they look amazing!!!! I love them, I think he might actually shed a tear!! They are amazing!! Thank you so much, I will send a picture when they are up xxx Helen x
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Macko, Rex and Rosie

Nicholas painted three beautiful Labradors called Macko, Rex and Rosie. The dog portrait was a 20 x 16 oil painting on Italian Linen Canvas professionally on a hardwood frame made from tulip wood. Our client, Katie, commissioned the painting as a special birthday gift for her husband as a surprise. Katie and her family wanted their dogs Macko, Rex and Rosie depicted in their garden. We had the painting framed for Katie too. Nicholas thoroughly enjoyed painting them and Katie sent this super email once the painting had been presented to her husband.

Andrzej my husband is absolutely thrilled with the picture and he is a hard task master when it come’s to these things. His face when he opened it was sheer joy and he is really appreciative of the skill and expertise that has gone into it. You have captured each dog perfectly.Melanie and Nicholas – thank you so much. Regards, Katie
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Quite often people will ask us - What is your favourite breed of dog to paint? Our reply is - all dogs! Each and every dog, what ever their breed or makeup have their own quirks and personalities. Each portrait has their own individual challenges. We have painted hundreds of dog over our 20 year career. We are especially thrilled when we get to paint or draw a Tibetan Terrier as of course we have one of our own called Lily.


Violet, Gill, Charlie and Rooney

Marcella emailed to ask if I would be able to draw three dog portraits for her family in time for Christmas. The dogs were two English Setters called Violet and Gill, a white Setter called Rooney and a gorgeous Springer Spaniel called Charlie. Charlie was Marcella's dog, Rooney belonged to her sister and Violet and Gill belonged to Marcella's parents. It was a lot for Marcella to organised and she framed them herself when the drawings arrived, she wrapped and placed them under the tree in time for Christmas day. I have added lots of photos of the final stage, close up photos and a lovely photo of Marcella's sister and mum holding their dog portraits.

Oh my goodness, my mom is going to LOVE it. Charlie is too cute. I love the detail you were able to add on his nose! And you got all the dogs' curls perfectly. I love Violet's little lopsided ears and Gil's curls on the top of his head!
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Our dog portraits are more often commissioned as gifts for friends and family. If you don't have enough time to arrange the pet portrait with us before the big day, you can always have one of our email gift voucher packs to send or print to give to the recipient.


Les and Alfie

Kerrie contacted us to see if we would be able to paint a particular photo their family loved of Kerrie's dad and Alfie, their dog who sadly was not with them any longer. They loved the photo, however it was taken in a car park. Working together we found a different background, somewhere the whole family knew and enjoyed - a beach near to their home. The painting was to be a 65th birthday gift for Kerrie's dad and the whole family was in on the surprise - apart from Les of course! The dog portrait was painted in oils on linen at 16 x 12 and framed using Traditional Flat frame with inner linen slip, perfect for the overall colour scheme of this painting.

Wow, just wow! Mum (and I) think it's fabulous!! Nicholas really has captured both Les and Alfie down to a tee. It made her a bit teary!! Just amazing. Please thank Nicholas for us xxx
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Have you got a favourite photo of your dog you would like us to portray? We work from your favourite photos, and you can email them to us at any time. If however you do reside in the UK and can bring your dog to our studio we are always thrilled to meet our models. We also take photos for the dog portrait free of charge. It is really important to send good quality, high resolution photos as the more information we can see in the photos, the more we can put in the drawing or painting.


Stanley and Jarvis

Sarah purchased a gift voucher for a 24 x 18 framed dog portrait in pencil for her friend Paula and their family. Their dogs are called Stanley and Jarvis. Paula took a lovely photo of them which was perfect for a portrait, and it included a lovely background too, which I added in the drawing. It allows the dogs to be in a scene. Paula opted to have the pet portrait framed using the Sandringham Silver frame which works so well with my pencil drawings. You can see two testimonials below from both Sarah and Paula along with a lovely photo of the portrait of Stanley and Jarvis in Paula's kitchen diner.

It's beautiful Melanie! I love it! Thanks so much! Will get one of our lab soon too! Sarah X

Dear Melanie, It's really beautiful – I think you have captured them really well. Ben and I are really happy. Best Wishes Paula

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We create our dog portraits in oils and pencils. I specialise in the pencil drawings and Nicholas, the oil paintings. We are never without a dog portrait in our commission list and work to fairly long schedules. As you can see from some of the paintings and drawings here, they are quite a varied set. We can paint many styles of backgrounds, from a mottle studio plaint background, your dog in your garden or on their favourite beach for instance. Let us know your ideas!


Mr Bones

Sarah (USA) contacted us to find out if we would be able to paint Mr Bones, a truly special dog. Mr. Bones was her son Walker's dog and they very sadly had to put him to sleep and he was his love. Sarah gave Mr. Bones to him when he was 18 years old with the caveat that he might not make it. Sarah is a vet and they found him in their back yard. Mr. Bones managed to survive and become an integral part of Walkers life. Walker is a Marine and Sarah wanted the portrait to be there for Walkers Wing Ceremony - which we did. We always like to meet special occasions if we can. The photo below shows walker on his special day - with the painting of Mr Bones.

Oh my. It is beautiful!! He loves it!! Thank you all for making it possible and getting it there in time. Everyone was totally impressed!!
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Dexter, Tui and Purdey

Heather contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw their three dogs, Dexter, Tui and Purdey as a surprise 60th Birthday present for her mother. The photo of all three dogs was taken using an iphone a few years ago, so it didn’t hold a lot of detail, however it was enough for me to portray them in a pencil drawing. Heather opted to have the dog pet portrait framed with our framer using the Spoon Aged Frame which is a lovely aged gold frame with a double mount in Hayseed. I have added the final stage below along with some candid photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale and some words from Heather too.

Hi Melanie,The portrait is absolutely beautiful! Really excited to give it to her :-) Thank you so much!! Best Wishes, Heather
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We don't need to see or meet your dog to create a portrait of them. We mainly work from your favourite photos, however if you do reside in the UK and can bring your dog to our studio we are always thrilled to meet our models. We can also take photos for the dog portrait free of charge. It is really important to send good quality, high resolution photos as the more information we can see in the photos, the more we can put in the drawing or painting.



Cinega's oil painting was painted by Nicholas for Karen who wanted to surprise her husband on his birthday. Karen emailed us.... "Cinega is a 10 year old Hungarian Vizsla and very beautiful, with a growing white face. She has lots of expression in her face, I am sure you can pick this up..." Karen's husband is a photographer so they had ample photos to chose from. Karen chose this very elegant pose below and once the painting had been framed and received by her husband, they very kindly sent a photo of Cinega's dog pet portrait on the wall.

Dear Nick & Melanie, We received the picture and its lovely. My husband loves it, it is an amazing likeness thank you. Nicolas you are a very talented man. With best wishes, Karen
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We can draw or paint your dog portraits to any size, if you would like a tailored quote for your portrait, drop us a line with your ideas. We can look at your photos and discuss your requirements. The size of your dog can often govern the size of your painting, you may like to keep the portrait life size.



Andy, a returning client, commissioned me to draw his friends dog Django in pencil. I have added a final stage of Django along with some candid photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale.

Hello Melanie, Wow! The portrait is absolutely beautiful! Thank you and you do incredible work! Best Regards, Andy
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Jennifer (USA) commission a portrait of her partners dog Lance who is an Entlebucher Mountain dog. Jennifer and Bob were due to be married in 2017 and Jennifer wanted to present the oil painting of Lance to her husband to be on their rehearsal wedding meal with all of their closest friends and family present. You can see a photo of Jennifer and Bob at the rehearsal dinner below where the painting still has its foam wrapping around. Once they had returned form their honeymoon Jennifer very kindly took a photo of Lance, Bob and the portrait which you can see below. They were thrilled with the painting and we are pretty sure Lance was impressed too!

I just wanted to update you on was a hit! I gave the portrait to Bob at our rehearsal dinner last Friday and to say the least, there were tears because he was so happy and emotional.Thank you so much for helping to make our big day special. Jennifer
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Don (Canada) enquired about having a pencil drawing of his English Setter called Daemon. This was quite an unusual commission as Don requested to also have a drawing created of Daemons paw. It was to be drawn as though we were looking up at his paw at the pads although as if it was pressing down while walking. Don had photos for me to work with and I completed the head study at 12 x 10 and the smaller paw drawing at 6 x 4 inches. Don emailed the most beautiful testimonial which you can read below.

Hi Melanie,
Your portrait arrived today without complications. Both drawings are beautiful. You are a talented artist. The back story on ordering the portrait might interest you being a pet lover.
When I contacted you, Daemon was alive and well. He suffered from a chronic health issue but that never detracted from his happy demeanour. In November, his health deteriorated and we made the terrible decision to end his suffering. We were both deeply attached to him and still miss him every day.
While I have many photos of him, your drawing seems to create more emotional responses to his memory. I think it truly captures his spirit.
Thanks Again.
Don Surphlis
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Una, a returning client, commissioned us to paint her gorgeous Labrador retriever called Amber. Una and her husband were looking at having a large painting 50 x 25 inches, depicting Amber as a puppy in the center along with two of her as she is now running in the water. They had taken lots of photos of Amber in her favourite activity, splashing in the river near their home. They also commissioned a painting of Una's horse, Chico which you can see in the horse portraits gallery.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas, We have just picked them up and they are fantastic. We LOVE them. We won't fully unwrap them till we arrive in the US but will send you a photo in their new home. Thank you both very much. They look fantastic. Una and Gwynne plus Amber and Chico
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Allie (UK) found our website and loved my pencil drawings. She emailed over some photos of her dearly departed Cocker Spaniel Monty and placed a deposit immediately to save a space for a pencil portrait. Allie supplied me with wonderful photos of Monty which were perfect for a pencil drawing. I created the drawing at 12 x 10 size and once complete Allie took it to her own local framer and had it framed. You can see photos below of the completed framed drawing along with a candid photo of the drawing with my pencils. Allie emailed during the prices and I have added snippets below for our visitors to read.

Oh Melanie, I think you have captured my beautiful boy perfectly, his eyes in particular....

Hi Melanie,
I picked up Monty today. He looks so very regal and handsome and it is such a very good likeness. Thank you Melanie.
Best wishes
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Lucky's painting was commissioned by a returning client called Ita who lives in Australia. Luckys's oil painting was to be presented to a very good friend of Ita's in Ireland. Ita sent us dog photos of Lucky and kept it a complete surprise until it was presented to her when Ita travelled over from Australia to Ireland for their holiday. Nicholas very much enjoyed painting Lucky in oils on canvas at 12 x 10 size. You can read a testimonial from Ita below, plus see photos of the portrait framed in our Langham Gold Frame with Bronze engraved plaque.

Thanks once again Melanie for your wonderful service and to Nicholas for his amazing work. It's been a pleasure dealing with you again. True professionals. Ita
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Dwayne and Jo Floyd contacted us soon after their gorgeous Beagle Christopher sadly passed away. They wanted a painting their whole family would remember him by. Nicholas thoroughly enjoyed painting him and I have added a final stage along with photos of Nicholas painting him and singing the portrait too! We framed the portrait and also Dwayne and Jo decided to have an engraved plaque in Bronze with Christopher’s name on. Dwayne and his family very kindly emailed us a photo of the painting in situ. We love to see where our portraits are displayed - perfect!

Hello Melanie & Nicholas,
The painting arrived today and we are speechless. We knew it would be of high quality but to see the painting of our Christopher in person was amazing and very emotional. My wife actually cried upon seeing it. We absolutely love everything about it. Everything about this experience has been perfect and the packaging of the painting was very professional, We thank you both very much and We will send pictures very soon.
Thank You. Dwayne & Jo Floyd
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