Pet Portraits UK in pastels

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 pet portraits are available in pastels and 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. 

This website gives information about my pet portrait pricing and my gallery also shows examples of some previous pet portrait commissions. To see more examples of my latest pet paintings I’m active on social media so why not visit my Facebook or Instagram pages? Prices quoted are unframed but I can recommend a range of frames and supply the pet portraits framed if required. 

Should you have any questions about my services please contact me. 

Pet Portraits UK - Lorraine Gray
Coronavirus Covid 19 Update!

I’d like to let all clients know that it’s business as usual whilst I self isolate in my home studio. I’m following government advice, working from home and still taking new pet portrait commissions.

Pet 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.
Pet Painting
Pet portraits remind us of their special personalities.
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. Testimonials relating to some previous pet portraits appear further down this page under reviews but here is just one example of a dog portrait review. 

Lorraine has painted our three dogs. Each portrait is amazing. She has captured them beautifully.

Sue Newbold - Dog Portraits

Pet Portraits from photos

Pet Portraits - Chocolate Labrador Portrait

Beautiful & lifelike dog portraits from photos in either pastels or oils. As with all our pet portraits we can supply framed or unframed.

Cat Portraits

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

Horse Portraits

Pet portraits of horses from a photo. My horse portraits are available in pastel or oils, supplied framed or unframed.

Pet Portraits - Reviews

Nigel Ayles
Dog Portrait
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"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."
Stuart Dennis
Cat Portrait
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"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."
Emma Seddon
Dog Portrait
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"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 Louise Parker
Dog Portrait
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"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."
Chloe Bowman
Dog Portrait
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"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!"
Jules Cliff
Cat & Dog Portrait
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"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."
Peta Jamieson
Dog Portrait
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"Fabulous portrait of my retriever Archie by Lorraine, really captured him so well, we are so pleased with it."
Fliss Owen
Dog Portrait
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"I found Lorraine online and looked at her portraits and reviews I soon realised the was the person to do my portrait of my Staffordshire Bull Terrier for my husband as a surprise for Christmas. Lorraine was brilliant. I supplied some photos and she kept me updated on the progress of my portrait. When she sent me the preview a tear came into my eye as she had captured the eyes and features so well, to say then when the portrait arrived it had the exactly the same effect. It's fantastic and I would recommend Lorraine to everyone, thank you."
Patricia Linnett
Dog Portrait
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"I’ve just received the beautiful portrait that you did of Candy. I am lost for words how you have captured her and brought out the Candy that I loved so much as her gentleness and the beautiful nature that she had is totally reflected in her portrait. I cannot thank you enough for what you have achieved Lorraine. Every detail is so beautifully done her fur looks incredible and her eyes as I remember you saying are the window to the soul and they certainly are and show that in this portrait. I cannot thank you enough Lorraine."
Christopher Cousins
Dog Portrait
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"Fantastic pastel and oil portraits of my beloved and much missed dog Billy. Lorraine has captured him perfectly. I am so glad i chose her to do the paintings for me. Truly talented and a lovely person to deal with Thanks, Chris."
Carol Connor
Dog Portraits
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"The amazing portraits of my dogs are a constant reminder of how much I love them!"
Steffi Goodchild
Dog Portrait
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"Lorraine did a portrait of my dog Honkey and I cried when I saw it. The attention to detail is amazing. I could never have imagined the result that I got, from his frown lines to every little whisker; it's there! I highly recommend her to anyone who is a pet lover!"
Melanie Williams
Dog Portraits
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"Lorraine has done a few pastel portraits for us and they were all absolutely fantastic!! The whole family loved them!! When I saw the one she painted of our late dog Sam, I cried as it was so real. She has just painted our other dog Max, and he is absolutely stunning. It is definitely one of the best presents I have ever given."
Liz Clark
Dog Portrait
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"Lorraine did a portrait of our black lab Ryder for my husband's christmas present this year and I can't praise her enough. It was an amazing likeness and it brought a tear to our eye when he unwrapped it. She is a fantastic talent and I have already highly recommended her to all my friends and family. It's something we will always treasure, thanks Lorraine."

Pet Portraits FAQ

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

Clients often ask me what is the difference between pastels and oils.   With both mediums I create my pet portraits by building up layers.

Pastels are a dry medium and are built up in several layers.   But as it is a dry medium it means I can carry on with my portrait without waiting for each layer to dry.

Because Pastels are a dry medium, the paintings need to be framed under glass.  I use a mount between the painting and the glass to keep the glass from touching the pet portrait.

Oils are a wet medium; therefore I have to wait for each layer to dry before I can proceed with the next.  Oils are very time consuming and the pet portraits take several weeks to finish.  Oils do not need to be framed under glass.  The canvas can be hung unframed, or you can have it framed.

Neither medium is more superior than the other, both are equal in quality.

As with any mediums, if properly taken care of pet portraits will last for many lifetimes.

Clients sometimes have trouble choosing which medium to have for the pet portrait.  I can guide them when I have seen the photos of their pet, but really it’s down to personal preference.  Pastels are a soft medium, which makes fur texture look ‘real’.  Oils are a little more vibrant but can look equally as real and lifelike.

My waiting list varies depending on time of year.  I work on a first come first serve basis.  If you have a deadline in mind, let me know as soon a 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 and whether they prefer pet portraits in pastels or oils. 

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).

Pet Portraits Blog Posts

Want to commission me to do 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?

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