It all starts with a favorite photo of a much-loved pet… Using your image or images as a reference, I create a beautiful portrait that captures the unique personality of your pet.

How do I commission a custom pet portrait?

First, email me a few photos of your pet to heatherillustrates@gmail.comI’ll get back to you right away and let you know which photo I think will work best for your custom portrait, along with the price.


What kinds of animals can you make portraits of?

Dogs and cats, of course…but also birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, your prize bull…you name it!


What photos work best?

The clearer and sharper the image, the better the portrait. Set your camera or smartphone camera to a large-format setting.


How long does it take?

My portraits take about two weeks to complete. A few proofs will be sent to you by email beforehand for your approval. 


How do I receive my portrait?

I usually mail the printed image for you to frame.


What is the cost?

For framed printed portraits, I offer two sizes:

  • $75 for any size up to 8 1/2″ x 11″

  • $125 for anything larger, up to 12″ x 18″

(multiple copies are available for a smaller additional fee)


Do you offer unframed portraits?

I do. I can make it fit your custom frame.


What if I want more than one pet in the portrait?

I often get asked to include more than one pet in a portrait group shot. I can do this, even if they come from different photos. A small additional fee may be charged, depending on number of pets and complexity.