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I would like to announce that I now have a flat-rate commissioning service set up in my store for ordering pet portraits. It is very quick, easy and safe to use: check out the page, pick the size you want, pay with PayPal (which accepts Visa, Mastercard, Debit, etc. and actually doesn’t require you to make an account), then send me your photos of your pet. All shipping and any other fees, like taxes, are automatically calculated. If you have any questions, special instructions, or concerns, you can contact me through the “Make an enquiry for this product” button or the Contact page on this site. What’s even better is my portraits generally come with a free bonus: I record a time lapse of the creation process and add it to my new YouTube channel.

Store Page | YouTube Channel

I’ve done several portraits so far. Most of my orders come from Reddit – thanks Reddit! They make a great present for any occasion really: wedding, birthday, consolation gift, or Valentine’s Day of course. The customers that got a portrait as a Christmas present this year regarded it as, I quote:

 “very thoughtful”, a “lovely surprise”, and that they “absolutely love it”. 

Pets are family, and a unique painting lasts longer and means more than, let’s face it, that awkward flash photo. 

Why haven’t I offered something like this before? Well, I think I was just being stubborn, to be honest. I didn’t know I could enjoy painting pets so much, and part of was that I saw many uninspiring portraits. It didn’t seem like something I wanted to get into. Instead, I’m finding it’s really emotionally satisfying to connect with the animal in the image and to hear the owner talk full-heartedly about how much they care about their pet and their special qualities. 

 A few questions I’ve answered since I began offering the service: 

What animals can you paint? Any animal! If you have pictures, I have eyes. So far, I’ve mostly received cat portraits…and that’s cool, but I would love to tackle some birds, reptiles, and horses. 
Can you add things into the painting? Of course! It’s like any artwork I do. I’m putting the decade of experience and knowledge I have as an artist into each painting. I regularly use photos, draw from life, and my imagination. 
Do you take orders from the US (or internationally)? Yup! Use my order page and let the shipping auto-calculate. It’s that easy. 

If you have any questions or comments about my pet portraits and the service, you can definitely leave a comment on this post below, too. 

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As many of you already know, I have a print store on Society6. There's lots and lots of work up there, and for now, it is where you can buy my prints since I don't have the same volume up on Inprnt and I don't have my own easy printing system set up. I want to share with you their up-coming sale days in the least spammy way possible... so here's a summary.

So for anyone that wants a really high quality print of my work or wants something with my art on it (pillows, clocks, greeting cards, shower curtains, basically anything), society6 is having a Black Friday sale happening between Now to Dec. 2.

No special code needed - just show up! I'd love it if you bought something of mine, but supporting other artists is pretty good too. 

My store: 

 If there's a specific piece you wanted and it's not up, let me know ASAP and I'll put it into their system. 

  •  11/26: 24 HR - Social Only Promotion • 15% Off + Free Shipping 
  • 11/27: 24 HR - Black Friday • Buy More, Save More + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 11/28: 24 HR - Black Friday Extension • Buy More, Save More + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 11/29 -11/30: Cyber Monday (starts Sunday) • 20% Off Everything + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 12/1: 24 HR - Apparel Sale • $6 Off all Apparel + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 12/2: 24 HR - Home Decor Sale • 20% Off all Home Decor + Free Worldwide Shipping
Also, once again - my personal store has lots of original art on sale! Click here or hit the Buy button in the menu on this site.

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So maybe some of you have seen my old online stores... I've been looking for a good online solution for some 5 years now. I finally bit the bullet and plunged into making my own store by hand with Woocommerce and WordPress. It was pretty confusing at first, but I figured it out and I am extremely happy with the result. I've also changed my pricing structure to the square-inch method of calculating art prices. It is now very easy to buy my original artwork - no need to email me, phone me to inquiry about it and the prices are consistent and right in front of your eyes. As I'm not represented by any gallery, 100% of the profit goes to me and back into my art.

Here is my new store - check it out! Lots of artwork on-sale, even up to 70% off. I am trying to make space in my portfolio (considering it's all stored in my tiny apartment) for new artwork. It also makes me sad to have all this artwork locked away and not looked at. I'm sad I can't hang it all on my walls...not quite rich enough to frame every single piece. I really would like it all to have a good home. Please, if you can't buy anything, at least share my store for me so someone else might. Make sure to check out my page about why you would want to buy art.

Now, business end aside... I have new artwork added to my Visual Art galleries here. One is a brand new larger watercolour - as it's can find it under the explicit category in my gallery.

Another artwork I missed mentioning was my submission for Self Portrait Day this November may have seen me mention it on social media.

Self PortraitDraw on Self Portrait Day. 9"x12". Pastel on Fabriano pastel paper. ~2015

Here is another artwork - very small pencil drawing of one of my original characters I've had for as long as I've been creating art. When I was a kid, I was way more obsessed with dragons... the back of my bedroom door was covered in dragon print-outs, and I had a collection of dragons on my computer that I think had some 3000 images. Naturally, I wanted to make a character that was half human and half dragon. I drew this for fun, but I guess it goes with a short story I am writing...I may or may not ever finish it or show it to anyone.

Kazren injured against an oak.An image of one of my original characters, Kazren, sitting injured against an mystical, old oak. Pencil on paper. 7"x10".~2015