What is the process for ordering a portrait?
Contact me by email with your image and the size you are interested in. After we have discussed the image, sizes, coloring, and any other issues, I will write a contract and email it to you. I request a 1/3 deposit and a signed contract before I start. When the artwork is completed, I will quote the shipping cost. The final payment, including shipping, will be due prior to shipping.
What is the best photograph?
You will need to provide a photograph you have taken, or you have permission to use it. I will not create artwork using a copyrighted photo, licensed design, or another artist’s work unless there is written permission from the copyright holder. Photos you find on the Internet are not acceptable.
The quality of your photo will influence the art piece. Clear, well-lit, close-up photos of your pet are best. Please email me the largest resolution photo or photos for consultation. If the image is too large to email, use WeTransfer or another image-transfer service. Once I have the actual picture to look at, we can discuss our options.
How do you determine the price?
I charge by the square inch for commissioned artwork. For example, a portrait measuring 20 x 20 inches (400 square inches) at $4 a square inch will cost $1600. If you want multiple animals combined from multiple images, there will be a surcharge determined by the number of animals and the complexity of the work. I prefer to work in standard canvas sizes. Working at these sizes will make it easier and less expensive if you decide to frame the finished piece. The most popular sizes are 12 x 12, 16 x 20, 20 x 20, and 18 x 24 inches. A 12 x 12 inch is only appropriate for one animal.
How long will my commission take?
It generally takes 4-6 weeks from when your deposit is made for the delivery of your artwork. It can take longer, depending on my schedule. The delivery date will be determined when a contract is written. There may be an extra charge for rush deliveries.
Can I choose the fabrics you will use?
I have a wide range of fabrics that I use in creating my art. These include, but are not limited to, quilting cotton, silk, commercial prints, batik, hand-painted, and hand-dyed. If you have a particular fabric you would like me to use, we can discuss it.
Can I see the artwork while you are making it?
I upload images to Facebook and/or Instagram during the process. I will send images for approval prior to stitching. If you are giving the piece as a surprise, I am happy to send you photos of the progress but keep it off social media until it has been delivered.