Pet portraits


We are fully booked with Pet Portraits for the month of July!
We will be taking orders again from the 1st of August.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you in August! 

As all pet owners know, animals aren't just a pet, they are part of the family. They have their own personalities and a special connection with their humans. Dee's custom pet portraits are as unique as your pet’s personality. Working from a photo, Dee capture's their character and quirks, and is a perfect gift or keepsake for any animal lover. The connection with a pet can be so precious, particularly if they have passed away. Dee's original artworks bring their spirit back to life so that you can cherish them forever.

What medium does Dee use to paint her pet portraits?

Each original pet portrait will be painted in water colour on a smooth 300gsm Arches natural coloured paper.

What sizes do the pet portraits come in?

Dee offers custom pet portraits in two sizes, A4 and A3.

What is the cost associated with purchasing a Pet Portrait?

A4 Portrait - One Pet - $450 |  A3 Portrait - One Pet - $550 |  A3 Landscape - Two Pets - $800

What is the maximum number of pets Dee can paint in the one pet portrait?

The maximum number of pets Dee can fit in an A4 size pet portrait is 1
The maximum number of pets Dee can fit in an A3 size pet portrait is 2. The A3 pet portraits with 2 pets will be painted in a landscape orientation.

How long will it take for Dee to complete a Pet Portrait?

Custom pet portraits can take up to 8 weeks to complete. This can vary depending on size and work involved.

I would like to purchase a portrait as a gift and need it for a specific date, is this possible?

Gifting a pet portrait is such a great idea! What a personal gift! If you have a specific date you need your portrait by please contact Dee prior to purchasing and she will let you know if this is possible.

Do you offer a framing service with your Pet Portraits?

No, unfortunately not. All custom pieces will be signed and numbered in pencil and will be mailed in a protective sleeve along with a cardboard backing, in a sturdy document mailer.

After I have purchased a custom pet portrait can I order multiple prints? And what size do these prints come in?

Absolutely! What a nice way to share your pet portrait with other family members.
Dee can organise a professional scan and giclee print of your original portrait in either A4 or A3 sizes.
If you are interested in this option contact Dee and she will provide you with a quote.

After I have purchased a custom pet portrait can I have it printed onto a tea towel, pillowcase or cushion?

How cute would that be! Unfortunately this service is not available at the moment however we are looking into it and will be sure to let you know if it becomes an option.

What does Dee paint from? Does my Pet have to come in for a sitting?

Getting any pet to sit still whilst having their portrait painted for hours would be challenging to say the least! This is why Dee paints from photographs that you send through of your pet. 

What type of photos should I send to Dee?

When you are ready to place your order for a custom pet portrait you will be required to upload up to 3 high resolution photos of your pet. The photos will need to be front on, torso up, in natural light, with a clear indication of your pets eyes, after all they are the window to the soul! Keep in mind, the better the photo the better the portrait! If you can't decide on the image to use and have a few goodies, send them all through and Dee can offer her advice.


'Our portrait of Dexter arrived and I cannot tell you how happy I am. I shed a tear, I felt like he was here again for a moment. It is such an accurate and stunning portrait and truly captures what a beautiful boy he was. I can feel the love and care that has gone into creating this artwork and I am beyond overjoyed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.'

"It is absolutely beautiful and spot on! Thank you so much. She sits near the baby change table and we see her everyday!!! You are truly talented!!"

"I received the painting today and I am THRILLED to say the least. You have done an incredible job at capturing my little Sunny's personality. You truly have a wonderful talent. Thank you so much!"


  • Pet portraits are officially open!
It has been such a busy couple of months of markets, trade shows and introducing new characters!
It is now time for me to get back in the studio and paint! I am opening orders online tonight and will be taking a limited number of portraits for the month of August.
If you have  been waiting now's the time to place your order!
Can't wait to meet your fur babes x
  • We did it! After months of behind the scenes planning and creating our 4th @life_instyle is done and was our biggest tradeshow yet! Our new range of characters have been launched to the world and have all been welcomed with open arms, smiles and lots of love!
Thankyou to all of you who popped by our stand over the weekend. I loved  meeting you all, sharing in conversation and hearing who your favourite characters are!
I am so grateful to be surrounded by a beautiful supportive network of fellow small business owners, beautiful like-minded stockists, friends and family.
To our new and existing stockists thank-you for sharing my zoo load of characters around the world!
I am going to miss what has been our home for the last week but looking forward to getting back in the studio with my beautiful fur babe and getting all of your orders out with the help of my beautiful mum x See you next year @life_instyle it's been a dream 🥂
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  • It's our last day @life_instyle set up upstairs at stand 2203 until 4pm today
We have  had a such a beautiful time connecting with you all and introducing all of our characters, it's going to be sad to leave but alas we have so many orders to pack and send around Australia!
If you are a retailer and would love to stock our products pop by today or contact us for more info |
Dee x
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  • Doors are open for day 2 of @life_instyle can't wait to see you all! We are upstairs at Stand 2203 x
  • Day one @life_instyle was a wonderful whirlwind so lovely to catch up with my beautiful stockists! Our linen tea towels have been a a hit and will be travelling all over Australia in the coming weeks, lucky ducks! See you tomorrow to do it all again, upstairs at stand 2203. Dee x
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