one of a kind gifts and keepsakes to last a lifetime

My very first pet portrait commission came from a colleague who had seen some of my animal illustrations and asked if I would be able to draw a portrait of their family dog Tilly, to have printed on cushions for her three daughters as a Christmas gift.


The rest as they say is history.


For your commission I will work closely with you at each stage of the painting to ensure that I’m not only producing a realistic physical representation of your beloved pet but also capturing their unique character.


So whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved ones birthday, christmas or anniversary or just want to order your very own pet keep sake you’re in the right place.


a step by step guide to how my pet portraits come to life


Working from the photographs and the stories you share of your pet, I will get to work on capturing their character within the portrait.


I start with an initial pencil sketch of the subject on the pages. Once you've confirmed you're happy with the composition I will begin outlining the figures.


From there I'll begin to paint your portrait, gradually building layers of colour, tone and shadow to accurately represent your beloved pet.


Once you've confirmed you're happy with the final portrait it'll be packed and posted within 24 hours.


here are some previous portrait commissions I've created
& how they came to life


a guide to costs, additional extras and timeframes

Single Subject

2 Subjects

3 Subjects

4+ Subjects


Portrait on

A3 Sheet






The usual timeframe is 2 - 3 weeks for a standard portrait but please allow an additional week if you want to order your portrait on a cushion. Please be aware that Christmas is my busiest time of year for portraits - therefore I recommend your order early to avoid disappointment.

Alternative shapes and sizes are available for your portrait - please email me directly to discuss your requirements.​


"I commissioned Chris to undertake 3 separate portraits for me including both cushions and prints. I provided photographs to use as a likeness and he asked me to approve his drawings at 2 or 3 stages of the process before the final proof came through.


Chris gave very good pointers on colour and shading, he is definitely a perfectionist and this shows through his work, and everything was completed in a timely manner. I would recommend Chris to anyone"

Theresa H | Shoreham-by-Sea | Pet Portrait

"After seeing some of Chris' work at a local trade fair, I approached him about a potential pet portrait - my parents have two pugs and I figured this could be a perfect Xmas gift for them. Chris went through all the options and I sent him a selection of photos, which he used to create the perfect mash-up that totally nailed the dogs' personalities!


The finished portrait was amazing, with an incredible level of detail. Chris' communication was great throughout the entire process. Can highly recommend!"

Dean E | Tunbridge Wells | Pet Portrait


You can order your pet portrait today either directly through my online store, by following the link, or by contacting me directly below. To discuss any additional requirement you have for your portrait such as size, shape, colour etc. please don't hesitate to get in touch.




Looking to commission a pet portrait gift but don't have a great image for me to work from? Not a problem!

You can now order your portrait in advance and present your loved one with a gift certificate that they can redeem through me to make sure I have the best image possible to work from and that I create their portrait in a style they'll love!


For more details or to purchase your gift certificate today please email

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Brighton | United Kingdom

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