Pet Portraits & Wildlife Art by Award Winning Artist Colette Theriault/ pastel, graphite, watercolor and colored pencil/prints & originals/commissions accepted. Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Commission A Portrait

portraitfromphoto2I am a professional artist specializing in animal portraiture, creating fine works of art using only superior quality artists’ materials. I ship globally to pet lovers and collectors of fine art so anyone can own my genuine and expertly crafted work.

A truly unique and affordable gift for yourself or a loved one, a custom pet portrait is sure to fill your hearts with warm thoughts of good times you have shared with your best friend.  Each custom portrait is professionally drawn or painted with unbelievable attention to detail; down to individual hairs. Most importantly, I strive to capture each pet’s charisma and charm, his true spirit and unique character.

I find great pleasure in knowing that I am able to bring such joy to my clients who truly love their pets. Whether your pet is still tiny, full grown or already passed away, I would be honored to create a pet portrait as a special tribute to your faithful and loving companion.

I currently work in graphite pencils, enhanced graphite (subtle color), colored pencils and pastel. Only the highest quality artists’ materials are used to ensure your pet portrait is treasured for generations to come.

Before contacting me, please read the information below to help you determine the price/size, medium (drawing or painting) and composition of your portrait. If you are still not sure, send me your pet photos (jpeg format) via email and I will be happy to help you determine the best portrait for you. Additional information can be found on my FAQ page.
Quotes will be honored for 30 days. You will be given a priority rank number that reflects the number of portraits to be completed before your portrait (for example, a rank #3 means there are 2 other portraits ahead of you). A 35% deposit is required to reserve your rank number.

PHOTOGRAPHS/DIGITAL IMAGES:  In order to render the most realistic portrait, good quality photographs are required. High resolution digital images are best but I can also work with  traditional photographs as long as they are suitable.  A portrait can also be created from several “not as good” poses or shots.  If at all possible, I do need at least one good photograph showing the eyes.  However, do not despair if you don’t have any great pictures. I can work with what you have along with verbal descriptions of your pet. Much of my work involves beloved pets that are no longer alive and one of the reasons the client wants a portrait is because they don’t have any good photos.

For helpful tips on how to take (or choose) suitable photographs for your portrait, please see the Photography Tips page as well as the FAQ page.


POSE & SIZE:  Generally, the smallest size of a “head and shoulder” portrait I work with is 5″ x 7″. The size of the artwork may need to be larger, depending on the number of subjects to be included in the artwork, the orientation of the subject and the subject matter. It is also much more difficult to show all the fine details when the subject is significantly reduced in size. Another reason for increasing the artwork size is the number of subjects to be included.  Imagine 2 or 3 dogs crowded together on an 8″x 10″ portrait. Again, important detail would be lost and the size of each subject is again drastically reduced. However, keep in mind that these are general guides and all portraits are geared to the chosen pose and your personal preferences.  For simplicity, I have listed some common standard portrait sizes below. However, I can draw your portrait any dimension you require.


ORIENTATION: Several factors are considered when determining if a portrait should hang vertically (tall) or horizontally (wide). The composition, number of subjects, the conformation of the subject and type of pose are some factors that are considered. Other factors could also include the location where you plan to hang your portrait, or simply your personal preference. No need to worry; I will be more than happy to help you in determining the most aesthetically pleasing orientation for your portrait.

BACKGROUNDS:  I can add a “hint” of background to the artwork or create a more detailed one of your choice. For pastel paintings, I mainly work on colored paper and so I have a variety of wonderful colours for you to choose from. It is also easy for me to paint a particular background color of your choice. For graphite pencil drawings, a subtle mottled background can be added if desired.


COMPOSITION: Any combination of animals can be included in an artwork.  Study portraits, vignettes, montages, and multiple subjects are examples of different artwork compositions.  Don’t be shy to share your suggestions!