Cathy Choyce Fine Art - Equine & Pet Portraits - Capture the magic of your pet's unique qualities in a portrait with realism and emotion
Cathy Choyce Fine Art - Equine & Pet Portraits
Capture the magic of your pet's unique qualities in a portrait with realism and emotion

The Commission Process and Pricing

Commissioning a portrait can be an easy process and I have outlined the steps here for you to facilitate a smooth transaction. Matting and framing not included.

Head Study Price List:

8" x 10" - $575.00 

10" x 12" - $700.00

12" x 16" - $845.00

16" x 20" - $975.00

18" x 24" - $1350.00 

Add $200.00 for each additional pet you would like to include in the same portrait 12" x 16" or larger

Full Body Price List:

11" x 14" - $995.00 Single subject

12" x 16" - $1295.00 Single subject

16" x 20" - $1495.00

18" x 24" - $1895.00.

Add $300.00 for each additional pet you would like to include in the same portrait.

For custom sized or multiple subjects, please contact for price quote. Additional charges for more complicated compositions and significant tack or backgrounds.

Reference Photos:

High quality prints or digital images are preferred. Poor quality photos will make capturing all the little details of your special pet very difficult to reproduce.

Well focused images are required. Blurry, fuzzy and badly lit photographs will be rejected.

Candid photos are best to capture your pet’s unique personality, however if you preferred a more posed set up, that is perfectly fine.

Try to choose or take photos that are in good, bright light without heavy shadows obscuring your pet’s facial features. Flash photos are usually not as good due to the “red eye’ effect and the flash will also flatten out really good details and add undesirable highlights.

Several different photos of your pet are also helpful for me to get a better feel of your pet’s personality, coat coloring and any small markings that make your pet special.

If a printed image, the smallest acceptable size is 5 x 7. Anything smaller caused detail to disappear. Digital images should be at least 180 dpi or larger.

If the images you have are taken by a professional photographer, please be sure to get permission of use from the photographer as it is their intellectual property even if it is your pet.

Often, taking photographs of your pet can be frustrating as they want to interact with you rather than “say cheese” for the camera. It may be helpful to have an assistant take the photos while you entice your pet with a treat or toy. Patience is definitely required; however it will pay off in the long run with a treasured finished portrait that you can enjoy for years.

If you are local to me, we can arrange a meeting time and I will do a photo session with you. A service fee of $50.00 per hour prorated will be charged.

Payment Policy:

Portraits require half payment up front, which is non-refundable should you decide to cancel for whatever reason once the painting process has begun. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card via PayPal. A refund of your deposit will be returned should you cancel before the portrait has begun, less a handling fee of $25.00 for administration.

I guarantee your satisfaction with my work quality and the likeness of your pet. If you do have a problem with the portrait, I will do everything I can within reason to make sure you are happy and any issues are resolved.

Your portrait deposit guarantees you a reserve space in my line up. Portraits can take up to 6 weeks to complete and you will be kept updated via email as soon as your painting is about to begin. Regular email updates will be sent out to keep you informed as to progress and completion date expectation.

Upon completion, I will invoice you for the balance owed, plus the cost of shipping and handling.

All of the materials used to create your special portrait are museum quality and archival. Their light fast, non-fading properties are guaranteed for 100 + years with proper protection from direct light. All fine art quality paintings should be hung in a location that ensures your enjoyment for many years.

I will include a printed insert with each shipped portrait, to explain how to have your piece matted and framed and guidelines for hanging.

Once your full payment has been received, your very precious painting will be securely packaged and shipped via USPS, insured with delivery confirmation.


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 Cathy ChoycePurcellville, VA703-547-7982