Pet Portraits you will love
Welcome to my Pastel Pet Portraits website. I’m a UK based animal portrait artist with over 30 years experience. We adore our pets and my lifelike custom pet portraits make the perfect gift to remember a special friend. The hand painted dog portraits, cat portraits and horse portraits that clients commission me to paint are available in a range of sizes. It would be my privilege to capture your pet’s personality.
Animal Portraits By Lorraine Gray
I’m Lorraine Gray and I have been a professional animal portrait artist for over 30 years. I have been delighting clients worldwide with my pet portraits of their beloved cats, dogs and horses from theIr photos.
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 a beautiful pet portrait. Having a painting of the pets we have loved can be very comforting when they have gone.
I’m the author of three books on how to paint pet portraits in oils. I also appeared on BBC1 in 2007 at Battersea Dogs Home to paint one of their rescue dogs.
Pet Paintings As Gifts
I 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.
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.
The following are just a small selection of my pet portraits. Click any of the pet portraits to display a larger version. Please visit the individual dog portraits, cat portraits and horse portraits pages for a wider selection. I post even more examples of my pet portraits on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Pet Portraits From Photos
My pet portraits are 5 star rated on Google. The following are just a small selection of the reviews we have received across various platforms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is your waiting list?
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 portraits gift certificates. The owner can then decide which pose they would like.
You do pet portraits in various sizes. What size will be best for my pet?
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).
I know you do pet portraits from photos but how many photos do you need to work from?
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 advice page 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!
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?