Pet Portraits

Welcome to my Pastel Pet Portraits UK website. I’m a British based animal portrait artist and my pet portraits business has been running for over 20 years. My custom pastel pet portraits can be supplied framed or unframed. The hand painted dog portraits, cat portraits and horse portraits that clients commission me to paint are available in a range of sizes. 

Some examples of my work can be seen on this website. To see more of my work please visit our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Animal Portraits By Lorraine Gray

I’m Lorraine Gray and I have been a professional animal portrait artist for over 20 years. I have been delighting clients worldwide with my pet portraits of their beloved cats, dogs and horses from their photos.  In 2007 I appeared on BBC1 Television at Battersea Dogs Home. I am also an author of three books on how to paint pet portraits in oils. 

Many of my commissioned pet portraits are from people who want a lifelike portrait to remember a recently passed, loved pet. With a good photo to work from and by talking to my client about their pet’s personality I aim to bring their furry friend to life in the pet portrait I produce. Having a painting of the pets we have loved can be very comforting when they have gone.

I also get lots of commissions from people wanting to give pet portraits as a gift. Pet paintings are great gifts, especially as Christmas gifts or birthday gifts. If you want to commission a custom pet portrait as a gift please book early. For those times where the decision is last minute you can always buy a gift certificate so that the owner can decide on the pose at a later date. Details of my gift cards can be found on my prices page.  

Some examples of the pet portraits I have drawn appear on this website. There is also a blog section where you can read about my commissions and view work in progress, finished pet portraits and framed paintings. I’m also active on Facebook and Instagram where you can view my work.

My testimonials show that you can be confident that I will provide you with a animal portrait that is lifelike and will bring you many years of cherished memories of your pet or pets. A small selection of reviews relating to some previous pet portraits appear further down this page.

Pet Portraits From Photos

Dog Portraits in pastel

Dog Portraits

Beautiful & lifelike dog portraits from photos in pastels. As with all my pet portraits I can supply framed or unframed.

Cat Portraits

Cat Portraits

Let me capture your cat’s personality forever with one of my commissioned cat portraits. Pet portraits make the ideal gift.

Horse Portraits

Horse Portraits

Pet portraits of horses from a photo. My horse portraits are available in pastel and can be supplied framed or unframed.


We were absolutely delighted with our portrait of Nala, our daughter’s dog. We couldn’t get over how life like it really looked, amazing! It is a beautiful portrait and made a wonderful 30th birthday present.
Thank you so much Lorraine.
Nigel Ayles
Dog Portrait
Recently received a superb pastel of our late friend ‘Charlie’ the cat, very lifelike and now takes pride of place on the wall in the lounge watching the goings on! Lovely quality and excellent service.
Stuart Dennis
Cat Portrait
Lorraine was recommended to me by a friend. I was looking for a local artist to commission a very special pet portrait for a friend who has recently lost her beloved dog. It was a big ask trusting someone else with a portrait of a pet that’s not your own! Lorraine could not have been more helpful or sympathetic. She ensured the whole process was quick and easy for me to manage remotely. Her regular updates were reassuring and WOW when we saw the final portrait… it was just amazing!! Lorraine handled everything including the framing. She truly deserves her 5 stars!! Highly recommend.
Emma Seddon
Dog Portrait
This is the 4th portrait Lorraine has done for me and every one is an absolute amazing likeness. After losing my dog I had a portrait of her done to honour her life with me & I feel like I have her home again when I look at it.
Emma Louise Parker
Dog Portrait
I commissioned this portrait as a birthday gift for my mother. I was amazed at the likeness Lorraine captured and beautiful detail. My mother was so pleased with the gift she cried, I will definitely be purchasing more portraits in the future!
Chloe Bowman
Dog Portrait
Shortly after our cat Archie died I asked Lorraine to do his portrait. It is so stunning and the perfect reminder of a beloved pet gone too soon. Lorraine worked so hard to get him perfect. I then asked for a portrait of our dog Charlie as a surprise for my husbands birthday which I’m struggling to keep a secret as I keep sneaking a look at it. It’s just so beautiful. Lorraine has a wonderful way of capturing personality beautifully. She’s also the easiest person to contact and chat with, knows how important it is to get it right and is a complete professional. If only everyone was so easy to work with.
Jules Cliff
Cat & Dog Portrait


Most frequent pet portrait questions. Click question to reveal answer.

My waiting list varies depending on time of year. I work on a first come first served basis. If you have a deadline in mind, let me know as soon as possible and I will be happy to help you. Please note, the nearer it gets to Christmas, the longer the waiting list gets, so book your pet portraits early to avoid leaving it too late!

If you are looking to buy an animal portrait as a gift, then consider buying one of my pet portrait gift certificates. The owner can then decide which pose they would like.

For my pet portraits I work from one photo.  This photo of your dog, cat, horse or any other animal needs to be one that you love and say “this is typically her/him”.  Other photos are helpful for colouring and for me to see character, but not necessary if you don’t have them.  See my pet portraits photo guide blog post to help you with taking your photos of your pet or pets.  If you are local to me, I can come and take your photos for you!

You can order pet paintings in any of the sizes I offer.

For example I have done a horse portrait in the smallest size 10” x 12” and a cat portrait head study in my largest size 20” x 24”!  The smallest size would be head study only.

If you are unsure which size you would like, send me an email with a photo of your pet or pets and I will gladly guide you to a suitable size (e.g. if you wanted it life-size).

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Pet Portrait Commission

Why not commission me to paint a custom dog portrait, cat portrait or horse portrait?

We all love our pets dearly and so it’s only natural that we want to capture their personality in a painting. Pet portraits make a wonderful gift to someone special, or why not treat yourself?