What special qualities
does pastel have?
Pastel is my favourite medium for
rendering the beautiful textures and softness of animals. Clients
often remark that they want to touch the soft coat of the animal
in the painting.
As a painting medium, soft pastels have
the purest form of pigment and are also regarded as the most
permanent. Pastel paintings done by Rosalba Carriera during the
17th Century hanging in mildew-laden Venice, Italy, are still
as fresh and vibrant as the day they were painted. The beauty
of Pastels unlike other media is that their colour brilliance
is very resilient over time, as long as the surface is protected.
If properly framed, your pastel can last indefinitely.
What kind of photos
of my pet do you require?
Please post me prints that are
10 x 15cm (4" x 6") or larger, or email me high-resolution
jpegs at 200-300 dpi. Photos should be sharp, clear and close-up,
with good colour accuracy and lighting. Please send me a photo
of your pet in a favourite pose as the main painting reference,
and ideally a few more different shots that will give me a good
impression of its features.
Contact me if you would like me to send you tips on taking photos.
Can you do a portrait
of my dog who passed away? Im not sure if the photos are
I paint many pets that are in loving
memory. I always ask to see the photos first, before I can confirm
if they are suitable for me to work from. Ideally they should
be clear, close-up shots.
Will I have my photos
Yes, I take great care of your
photos and they will be returned to you with the finished Portrait.
I would like to have
a group portrait of all my pets. Can you do it from separate
Yes, if the photos of all your
pets are suitable. There should be more detail to work from.
If I am not meeting your pets and taking my own photographs,
I will need to know their size relationship.
Can I give you photos
that have been taken by a professional photographer?
You need to contact the photographer
and ask for his/her permission. Otherwise it would be a breach
How long will it take
for you to complete my pets portrait?
Depending on workload, the delivery
period is approximately four weeks. You will be advised of the
expected delivery date once order details are confirmed. If you
have a special date request at short notice, such as a birthday,
every effort will be made to meet your request. Christmas is
the busiest period so please place your order as soon as possible,
preferably by early October.
What if Im not
happy with my pets portrait?
Rest assured. I will send you a
preview of the finished Portrait for you to approve, prior to
purchase. I am happy to make any amendments if required. Only
when you are completely happy with the finished artwork, is payment
How do I order?
Please submit the initial enquiry
form and I will reply as soon as possible and answer any questions
that you may have. We can then proceed with the order details,
if you are happy to go ahead. A deposit is not required.
How do I pay?
you are a New Zealand customer, payment can be made either by:
bank transfer, cheque or by credit card via Paypal. For all overseas
customers, payment can be made by credit card via Paypal.
Please do not proceed with payment until you have approved the
preview of the finished portrait.
The rights of all artwork remain
with the artist. Only the artist is legally able to reproduce
any artwork in any way, unless specific approval in writing is
Phone: +64 3 572 7474