"I am passionate about nature, wildlife and pets and put a lot of energy into my paintings, spending hours getting the details accurate and making sure I capture the character of your pet or wild animal, building up to 6 layers for depth and contrast, which is why they take up to 25 hours to complete each commission."  

Pet Portraits and Wildlife Commissions
One-off, unique pet portrait or animal commission, hand painted with unison soft pastels (UK handmade) and pastel pencils on Clairfontaine pastelmat, double mounted (plus additional gap mount for pastel dust), using PH neutral mounts and conservation 'Art-Bak' backing boards, ready for framing (various options available).  Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity with a wax seal.
Prices based on subject complexity and time to complete (£25 per hour): 
16" x 12" (~40cm x 30cm) mounted painting (~ 12" x 8" image size) ready for framing (12 - 14 hours work to complete) - £325
20" x 16" (~50cm x 40cm) mounted painting (~16" x 12" image size), ready for framing (16 - 20 hours work to complete) - £425
  - Additional £75-£90 for bespoke quality frame with AR70 anti-reflective art glass (recommended to showcase your beloved pet painting)
  - Additional £75 for 2 subjects
  - Additional £50 for detailed / complex backgrounds
  - Additional £35 for triple mount with v groove 
Please use Contact page for enquiries or e-mail direct  icon at bottom of page) if you wish to enquire about a pet or wild animal commission.  You would need to provide a digital or printed photo of your pet or wild animal to use as a reference for the painting. The photo must either be taken by you or have the photographer's permission, be in focus (particularly around the eyes) to create the best likeness.  Backgrounds can be omitted/changed.  I am also available to take professional photographs of your pet (to use as a reference for the painting) for the additional fee of £15 (within 1 hour of Hatherleigh / Holsworthy) - you would also get to keep the digital photos.
Timescales - Due to high demand on pet portraits and painting some wildlife pieces for forthcoming exhibitions, current wait times for new commissions is around 4 months.  A 25% deposit secures your place in the queue (this can be done before the reference photo is taken if you have a specific date you need the painting for, e.g. a birthday present)

Dog Portrait of Teddy - "It's amazingly detailed. My daughter said it looks like a photo.  The fur is so detailed and the likeness is fantastic.  Thank you so much - we have Teddy forever now" - Tamara from Devon
Horses in a field, titled 'Thor and Friends' - "Steve recreated the view from my home, featuring my very special friend. Thor is no longer with us and I have moved, but now I can be instantly transported back in time. The colours are so vibrant and there is so much depth and detail that it feels like I’m looking through my window. Words cannot express my gratitude to Steve. He’s not only talented but also able to connect with the emotions of such special moments. For me, he sells happiness" - Ali from Devon
"Thanks Steve for a truly beautiful life-like portrait of our poodles Nero and Libby to celebrate Libby's life after her passing.  You have utterly captured Libby's personality and beauty - thank you" - John from Cornwall
"We are delighted with Steve's portrait of our cat, Betty.  It captures her perfectly, and everyone who visits asks who painted it.  Brilliant, thanks Steve" - Danielle from London
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