About Me

Sheila Portrait

Hello my name is Sheila, and I just wanted to give you a bit of background about myself, and why I decided to embark on this artistic venture.

I have had a passion for art and a love of animals all of my life. After gaining my Art and Education degree back in 2003 from Chester University I worked locally in a few art galleries and taught ceramic painting before relocating and moving to Yorkshire. This is when I settled down, got a “proper” job and started a family, including adopting two RSPCA collie dogs, Molly and Marvin. As a consequence my creativity as a painter then had to take a back seat for a while. But in recent times a friend of mine sadly lost her pet dog and as she was so upset I decided to paint her a surprise portrait of him. When I gave it to her the next week she was so happy and grateful. The joy this gave my friend planted a seed in my mind and rekindled my painting desires after the short sabbatical for family life.

Then tragically one of our family dogs, Molly became sick and passed away, I was so devastated I picked up my paint brush and started painting her. It was my way of giving her the respect she deserved for the years of happiness she gave us and it was also a way to give our family a permanent and much treasured memory of her.

I want to bring this happiness to everyone I paint for, a fresh clean and contemporary approach. I want to not just recreate a picture but to bring the individual character of the pet to the canvas. For this reason I ask for several pictures and good communication, no one knows your pet better than you so I would like to hear about them from you.

Ordering Process

choose photograph

Step 1 : Photo(s) Choice

This is one of the more important stages in the whole commission process, the choice of photographs.

The primary photograph can be a favourite, special one that maybe sums up a remarkable moment. This is the one the portrait will be based upon, but it’s ok to send many as you feel fit, as I can then get a feel of their personality and character. Obviously focus is crucial, and the subject taken preferably at eye level, and if possible an outdoors one in sunlight or natural lighting filtering in is also a desired preference.

I’d also prefer all photographs to be sent by email if at all possible, and we will do our best to return them along with the portrait on completion if required.

choose size

Step 2 : Choose Painting Size

The next step is to choose exactly the size of your portrait. The options are detailed on my prices page, with the various combinations for content and size. Also it’s important to say what aspect is required, landscape or portrait, although this may largely be governed by choice of photograph and content, if more than one subject then a landscape option would be most suitable.

It’s important also to factor in if a background is to be included in the final portrait. I have not presented prices in the smaller size options for a full portrait and background as experience tells me if would not do the main subject justice really at these sizes.

If cost is the primary consideration for your portrait, then start with the size that works in your budget and we can look at what can be done. I have five standard canvas sizes I offer although I can do other sizes on request, please feel free to contact me if a custom size is required.

All the portraits are painted using the medium of acrylic paint on canvas board.


Step 3 : Contact Me

If you feel you have decided most things, then all you need to do is get in touch, either using the mobile number UK (+44) 07999 364 512 or my email address enquiries@petartpaintings.com. Please provide as much detail as possible regards your requirements, size of portrait, aspect, number of subjects, background if required etc.

Even if you are not 100% sure or have a few questions then maybe we can help with such concerns. Please feel free to contact me and I will reply to you as soon as I can, and help you chose what is right for you. Its also worth noting that I will be keen to keep in contact with you throughout the process once a commission has commenced.

Once we know what the final requirements are, then we can provide definitive costings and also an estimate of when the painting will be started and potentially completed.

payment options

Step 4 : Pay Deposit

The next step is paying a deposit once everything is agreed and confirmed in an email. I ask for a 30% non-refundable deposit to secure you’re commission. Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayPal invoicing.

Once payment is received and cleared an email confirmation will be sent, and the commission project timeline will also be supplied to you.

The deposit will be deducted from the final invoice once the portrait has been completed.


Step 5 : Painting Review

I intend to offer upto two emails to keep you informed of progress made on the commission. This means you will have peace of mind as to the quality and that the actual portrait is moving forward.

I will always endeavour to complete on the agreed schedule, however if due to unforeseen circumstances I feel the agreed end date can’t be fulfilled, then I will inform you as soon as regards this along with potential new completion date estimates.

I am happy to listen to requests for alterations during this period, although not everything is possible, and an open mind is required until close to finishing regards these periodic progress emails.


Step 6 : Final Payment

A final set of photographs will be emailed to you when I have finished, and on acceptance of this, then the final balance will need to be paid in full.

The same payment options can be utilised as previously stated.

By making this final payment, you confirm acceptance of the portrait.

Please note this payment is non-refundable.


Step 7 : Painting Delivery

As soon as final payment clears then the portrait will be safely and securely packaged for delivery. Packaging involves the following steps:

  • They are first wrapped in a defensive plastic sleeve.
  • Then contained between sheets of thick cardboard.
  • The whole package is then wrapped in a layers of bio-degradable bubble wrap.
  • The next step is that it is packaged up into a posting bag together with your receipt.
  • Finally packages will then me marked as fragile with appropriate tape.

The portrait is delivered unframed. I do not offer a framing service at this time. For a UK order there will be no additional costs for postage.

Delivery will usually be by courier for next day or if advised a suitable day so that someone will be available to accept the parcel.

If overseas order, then note also that postage is NOT inclusive of price, but this would all have been agreed and finalised before commencing portrait, to prevent any surprises. I will then inform you of when the portrait will have been dispatched and give a courier led estimate of when arrival is due for this overseas delivery.


Step 8 : Testimonial (optional)

Although it is only optional, I would love any feedback along with permission to publish this information on the website.

Any comment or reaction even if from someone receiving the portrait as a gift for instance will always be enthusiastically and warmly welcomed.

Finally, if you have any queries regards this process or anything else, or would like to commission your own portrait with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me using the freephone number or my email address :

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on a question to reveal the appropriate answer provided.

Pretty much any, so long as the calibre of photographs are suitable to work from.
If you choose the best images of each pet I can potentially compile a composition which will suit in most cases. It would be something that merited further discussion at time of ordering.
The prices do not include framing, however if you would like your painting framed please feel free to discuss it with me.
If you have a picture of a particular background i can combine it with the picture of your pet. There overall cost will increase for this content option. Please see prices page for all relevant costs.
No unfortuately we dont offer this option, only portraits on canvas boards.
Have one primary and some others to provide various details from other angles. The primary photograph can be a favourite, or special one that maybe sums up a remarkable moment. This is the one the portrait will be based upon, but it’s ok to send many as you feel fit, as I can then get a feel of their personality and character.
Obviously focus is crucial, and the subject taken preferably at eye level, and if possible an outdoors one in sunlight or natural lighting filtering in is also a desired preference.
There are so many variables it is hard to give an exact length of time. Once all the information is gathered an estimate can be provided. But if you require your painting for a specific date please let me know and I will see what can be done.
Yes, you will be emailed a digital photo of the finished painting to make sure you are entirely happy with your portrait. At this point we can potentially agree some final minor alterations if you require.
Unfortunatley no, a deposit is required initially, and the balance on completion. The payment method is described on the prices tab.
As long as the oringinal size has not been started. I have laid out my standard sizes on my prices page, however I am happy to discuss most requirements. This however will affect the time it takes to complete the painting and cost if a larger option is chosen.
It will be an acrylic painting on canvas board.
Acrylic paint is made up with pigment and acrylic polymer emulsion. It is fast drying and once dried is water resistant. Although it has its own qualities, it can be used to resemble both watercolour and oil paints.
Acrylic paints have been laboratory tested to prove that they are lightfast. If looked after your painting should look the same in 100 years’ time, as it does now.
It is a prepared canvas has been adhered to the board. It’s my preference as a basis to paint on.
I use a courier mail service so once I have received my final payment it should be 2-3 working days. I will also send an email and possible text to say its been dispatched.

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