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!

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 using Chelsea City frame. 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 scans, 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 scan 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 scan 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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If you would like to see some of our dog portraits in progress we post our portraits daily on our 'On the Easel Blog' so that you can see what we are getting up to in the studio. Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of our website too! On The Easel Blog »



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 Nick 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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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 scan 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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Head over next to our Cat Portraits Gallery » or our Horse Portraits Gallery » Alternatively you can see a whole other range of oil portraits » or pencils drawings »


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