How do I commission a painting?

Spaniel drawing by Catherine Cook


The starting point for a commission is to choose a clear in-focus photograph. It does not matter if there are objects or people in the background, as this can be excluded from the final portrait. The photo needs to show as much detail as possible and have even lighting. It is important to choose an image with reflects the character of your pet, with an expression or position they often display.

Oil paint tubes


Catherine will review the photos and discuss the most appropriate media which can include: watercolour, pen and inkgraphite pencil and oil paint. The colouring of the animal and texture can lend itself to certain media.



The price of commissioning an animal portrait is determined by the size of the final piece and the choice of media. The prices published are an indication, Catherine is happy to complete work to meet your bespoke requirements.

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Pencil dog drawing


Catherine will start by completing sketches from the photo, which helps discover the textures and proportions needed for the final composition.



Once Catherine is happy with the preparatory sketches the painting/drawing of the final portrait will commence. Catherine prefers to work aiming for a 4 week completion, but flexibility is always possible to meet an important birthday or specific date.


Final Painting

Once the painting is complete, if it is a watercolour or graphite picture it will be set within a mount, ready for framing when convenient. The grand unveiling and presentation of the portrait is an exciting time. Portraits capture a moment in time, of a loving companion and often an extended member of the family!

Client Reviews

"Having seen a display of Catherine's work in Alresford Library, I commissioned her to paint a portrait of my mother in law's Westie. I am delighted with the result, it is beautiful and incredibly life like. Thank you! "
Westie Portrait
Watercolour Portrait
"Thank you so much Catherine for our wonderful Artwork of our cats Stella and Marley that now join the Artwork you also done of Molly and Pepi a little while back, we couldn't be happier
Cat Duo
Watercolour Portraits
"Thanks again for the amazing portrait of Dotty, we all love her very much! You are hughly talented.!
Pen and Ink Portrait


If you would like to proceed and book a portrait with Catherine, please find below the range of media options and the costs. 

If you have a project in mind, which does not fit the size options below, Catherine is very happy to paint and draw to other sizes to suit your requirements. Please contact Catherine to discuss your artwork further.

Artwork presented in a 16" x 12" window mount.

Portrait Options - Single Portrait Prices


Pen and Ink or Graphite Pencil



Watercolour Artwork


Oil Paint

Priced per commission


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