"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole"  - Roger Caras

The Process....

I love the process of doing commission pieces because it gives me the chance to get to know the client (we become friends!) and allows me an inside glimpse of the bond between a beloved pet and his or her human family.  

I work from photos.  You can send me your favorite or a few options to consider and we can work together to choose the one that will work best.

*Keep in mind when choosing photos that lighting is key - the more detailed your photograph, the more detailed your final painting can be!  Photos  taken in natural outdoor light (preferably in the shade to prevent harsh shadows) are usually the best bet - and here's a link to a fun and informative article on the best ways to photograph you pet from the blog A Beautiful Mess.

You can email me your photos at gretmackintosh@gmail.com or use the form on the contact page to get in touch and start the conversation that way.

For the smaller size paintings, I typically do a solid colored background (just let me know if you have a color preference).  For more than one animal in a single piece, an additional fee per each additional animal featured may be charged.  Also, for more in-depth, detailed backgrounds, like the animal print pattern in the Louie II painting, an extra cost may be applied depending on complexity.

Louie II 16"x 40" acrylic on canvas

Animal Portrait Paintings (acrylic on canvas):

Here is a basic list for animal portrait sizes/costs for paintings....

  • 6" x 6" - $200

  • 8" x 8" - $265

  • 8" x 10" - $285

  • 10” x 10” - $300

  • 9" x 12" - $350

  • 12” x 12” - $375

  • 11" x 14" - $400

  • 16" x 16" - $500

  • 14" x 18" - $500

  • 18" x 18" - $600

  • 18” x 24” - $800

  • 24” x 24” - $1000

  • 24" x 36" - $1500

  • 30" x 30" - $1700

*If there is an in-between (or bigger) size you'd like a quote on, just let me know - I can get most any size canvas.  I typically use a 1 1/2" thick gallery-wrapped canvas (edges painted to match painting) and add a wire on back for hanging, however, if you have a specific thickness in mind for framing, just let me know.

On-paper Portraits (watercolor/pen&ink) :

These come un-framed but in standard, easily frame-able sizes... 

  • 5" x 7" - $100

  • 8" x 8" - $175

  • 8" x 10" - $200




More Custom Art info.....

If interested in commissioning a painting or drawing of something other than an animal, just shoot me a message with a description of the desired subject/style, size, and timeline of when needed, and we can go from there.  I can do everything from pen & inks of homes, to abstract paintings coordinated with interior color palettes of client's homes.