How it works

The Commission Process is simple.

Step 1 – Send me photos
The first order of business is usually the toughest, getting a good photograph. ¬†Be patient and snap away, especially when outside on sunny days. It not always best, but getting down on their level to take photos often works really well. I typically work from one main photo, but often ask for additional photos to help with color decisions and details that are specific to each pet. So don’t worry if you don’t get the absolute perfect photo, but make sure it speaks to his or her personality.

If you have a photo you would like to use, Great! Contact me through the contact page or send them to If you’re not sure about a photo you already have or if you’re having trouble getting a good shot, let me know, I’m always happy to provide suggestions. And if you’re in the Triangle area we could set up a time for me to meet you and your pet for a quick photo session.

Step 2 – Choose a Size
All paintings are done in acrylic paint on primed smooth surfaced canvas. The most popular sizes I paint are the 8×10, 9×12, 11×14, and 16×20. Pricing increases with size, and the number of pets in each painting. A list of popular sizes and prices are listed on the pricing page.

Step 3 – Choosing a frame
All paintings come with a painted or stained wood frame suited for displaying painted canvas. The two types of frames I offer are the “floating” style frame and a standard style of frame. When your painting is complete I will send you examples of the painting in each style so you can choose which works best for you.¬†Frames are approximately 1 1/2″ in profile and 3/4″ on the face.