Capture your pet’s personality in a hand-painted work of art created just for you.
How to Commission a Portrait of Your Pet
Share your pet’s photo and a few words. Melissa takes it from there, creating a hand-painted portrait you’ll absolutely adore.
Tell Melissa about your pet’s personality and breed, share a favorite photo or two, then choose the size and options for your portrait.
Now that she knows your pet, Melissa puts her expertise and imagination to work as she creates a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind portrait just for you.
Hang the finished portrait on your wall, not just as a work of art, but as a cherished memory—a beloved family member captured on canvas.
Melissa, I felt that if I could just hold my breath long enough she’d move, and come back to me; but I know that cannot be. Thank you for creating a beautiful piece of art that I shall treasure always.
Thank you so much for the beautiful painting of our boy Shep. You captured him beautifully! Will cherish this painting forever!
Yay! Lola’s painting came in today. I love it so much and Lola loves it too! Hanging up in my home right now. If you have a fur baby you want to get a painting done of, definitely check her out!
11x14 Hand Painted Pet Portrait
A versatile portrait size – makes a great gift for the friend or family member, whether their new puppy is all they’re able to talk about or their pet has been by their side for years. Starting from $250.
6x6 Hand Painted Pet Portrait
A great size for the smallest of spaces, or for creating a grouping with all your favorite pets. Starting from just $100.
20x20 Hand Painted Pet Portrait
Show how much a part of your family your pet really is, or beautifully honor a pet who has passed away. Starting from $400.
Your pet's portrait saves lives.
Commissioning Melissa to paint your dog, cat, horse or other beloved pet doesn't only make you happy. Melissa donates 10% of every commission to non-profit pet rescue, so your pet's portrait will spread happiness far beyond the place you choose to display it.
Melissa did a beautiful job of painting our cat Senna. I sent her 4 different photos and she was able to create the perfect portrait with them all. I surprised my husband for his birthday because he is a crazy cat man lover lol. He was so touched and it looks just like her! Melissa was able to finish the painting quickly so I could gift it in time.
We were amazed when we pulled the wrapping off of the portrait you did of our late, beloved Chewy. No detail was overlooked: the colors, our special requests, etc. During such a difficult time in our lives, it also meant so much to us that you completed this special project so timely. You have not only given us a piece of art, but something that we will obviously treasure for a lifetime
My husband had no idea what he was getting for Christmas this past year – so when he opened up the painting of Jesse – you can see the joy in his face. The portrait of Jesse was his favorite present and how could it not be? Melissa did a great job in capturing the true essence of Jesse – that face, that gorgeous Golden face. We hang the portrait proudly in our home.
Hand-painted vs. digital pet portraits: which one is right for you?
The difference between custom hand-painted pet portraits and a filtered image printed on canvas. Pros & cons of hand-painted vs digital pet portraits.
How (and why) I became a pet portrait painter
How I traded my engineering career for life as a full-time pet portrait painter and owner of Melissa Smith Art—and why I still love it!
Why commission a custom-painted pet portrait?
The top 3 reasons why people love custom hand-painted pet portraits, with no digital media or printing—just acrylic paint, canvas, and love.