Pet Portraits


“My daughter Emma just loved the painting. Thank you so much!” – Maree



Pet Portrait Watercolor
Pet Portrait - Natalie J Cheetham
Portrait of Girl
Portrait of Jasper
Portrait of Kali
Pet Portraits - Natalie J Cheetham Cat & Dog
'Girl' - Watercolour on canvas board
'Jasper' - Watercolour on canvas
'Kali' - Oil on canvas board
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'Girl' - Watercolour on canvas board
'Jasper' - Watercolour on canvas
'Kali' - Oil on canvas board
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A unique oil or watercolour portrait of your precious companion is a wonderful way to cherish their memory for a long time to come.

Pet portraits are also a great way to surprise a loved-one for a special occasion.

Available as a Gift Certificate, too.

If you would like to order a special hand-painted portrait, simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Select a size

First of all choose your desired size and medium, make sure to remember your Option Number, as you’ll need it later when you fill out your Enquiry Form.


Option 1: 22 x 29.5 cm on Watercolour Paper*…………………..NZ$190

Option 2: 24.3 x 34 cm on Watercolour Paper*………………….NZ$220

Option 3: 30.5 x 40.6 cm on Watercolour Paper*………………NZ$250

Option 4: 40.6 x 50.8 cm on Canvas Board…………………………NZ$480

Oil Paintings:

Option 5: 30.5 x 40.6 cm on Canvas…………………………NZ$290

Option 6: 40.6 x 50.8 cm on Canvas…………………………NZ$520

*I use premium quality cold-pressed 300gsm stretched watercolour paper, sizes and prices are subject to change due to stock availability.

Please note:
– Prices shown do not include shipping prices.
– Additional Pets are available in Options 2-4 at $40 extra per pet
(See FAQ at the end of page for more info)
– I offer payment plans if that’s an issue for you. Please let me know during our email correspondence, to see how I can accommodate.

Click on the image above for inches

Now you can fill out this quick Order Form, which will place you on my waiting list.

Don’t worry you won’t have to pay or have any pictures ready yet. I’ll be in contact with you via email to make sure you ordered the appropriate size, medium and to make sure you’re 100% happy before I start painting or taking any money.

Please keep reading the next steps before or after completing the order form.

Step 2: Send the Photos

Once you’ve submitted your order it’s time to take or find some lovely high quality photos of your adorable companion, capturing the aspects which make them so special. The better the reference picture, the better the painting will be.
Try to get them nice and close with their heads and shoulders in the frame.

Once you’ve chosen some lovely photos, simply email them to me via the confirmation email I’ll send you.

We can then go through the images via email and choose, which one is the best. I might decide to crop the image to fit the canvas size and enhance it, as you can see in the example image.

Pet Portrait - Natalie J Cheetham

Step 3: Confirm Commission

After we have chosen a lovely reference image, talked about background colours or backdrops via email communications and you are happy to proceed, simply send me a deposit of about 20% of the total amount. I will round up the number for ease and send you the payment details via email.
If you would like to keep track of the painting process as I go, please let me know during the email correspondence.

Step 4: Wait and See

Now you just have to wait for me to do my magic. Once I have completed your painting, I will email you a photo for approval. At this stage minor alterations can be made.

When you are happy with the outcome, simply pay the outstanding amount plus shipping costs in the same way you paid the deposit and I will courier it to you via tracked postage.

What Customers Say

Portrait of Girl

“She’s been with me for over half my life my loyal best friend Girl! Thank you Natalie for the beautiful painting of her”

– Will

“This was my birthday present recently! My dog Tess and my cat Trev! I love it so much.

😍 I was totally overwhelmed when I opened it, I can’t believe how accurately you have captured their faces just from a photograph! 🥰

– Emma

Pet Portraits - Natalie J Cheetham Cat & Dog

Portrait of Jasper

“My wife Tracy absolutely loves the painting! Thanks Natalie, I’ll be in touch about getting another one done of the golden labrador Nelly”

– Doug

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find the most frequently asked questions.
If you have any further questions, please email me at

How long does it take to finish a painting?

Depending on how long the waiting list is, it shouldn’t take longer than 2 weeks for a watercolour painting and 6-8 weeks for an oil painting, as they take a lot longer to dry.
This does not include postage times, which may vary depending on where you are.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, I do. The cost of postage will be added to the price of your painting. Please see below for shipping prices.
Due to the international circumstances and the fact that I ship from New Zealand, please allow for plenty of shipping time.

Can I pick it up if I live locally?

Yes, you certainly can, I live in Seacliff near Dunedin, NZ.

Can I have more than one pet in a painting?

Absolutely, however only with the last three size options. I charge an extra $40 for each additional pet.

May I make duplicates of my painting for friends or family?

No, I have full copyright of all of my portraits.  These may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.   

As portraits are very personal to the client, they will not be duplicated in any way.  However, I do put finished portraits on my website and social media, and may use them for marketing purposes.  If you do not want your portrait displayed on my website or used for marketing, please let me know.

What are the payment options?

All prices displayed are in NZ$, I will convert the prices to the currency of your country at the time of your order.
You can pay via credit card or paypal.
I will send you a payment page via email for the deposit and final payment. You may also pay the entire cost at once if it’s more convenient for you.
Please note: The deposit is non-returnable, which means if you should for some reason not want your painting, you do not have to pay the full price, I will however keep the deposit to reimburse my time and expenses at least a little bit.

What is the difference between a watercolour and an oil painting?

Watercolour paintings tend to be soft and gentle in their tonality, they are ideal for light reference pictures. They will need framing to increase the lifespan of the painting and are available in all sizes mentioned above.
Oil paintings on the other hand are only available in the 2 larger sizes on canvas board, or canvas. They are very rich in colour and bold, making them ideal for darker reference pictures. They do not need framing as the pigments of oil paints are more robust and won’t fade over time. But please allow for 6-8 weeks drying time.

Do you offer the choice of gift vouchers?

I do indeed. If you would like to get a portrait for a friend or family member, but don’t have a picture of their pet this is a great option.
I can send a lovely gift voucher either to you or to the person you would like to gift it too, via email.
Simply fill out the enquiry form or order one here.

Shipping Prices:

 Domestic New Zealand:International:
 North IslandSouth IslandUSAAustraliaEurope/UKRest of the World
Option 1$10$10$70$30$60$70
Option 2$10$10$70$30$60$70
Option 3$10$10$80$30$70$80
Option 4$20$20$120$40$100$120
Option 5$30$20$80$30$70$80
Option 6$30$20$120$40$100$120

Shipping prices are for the NZ Post Courier service, which includes tracking and compensation of up to $2,000 available in the unlikely event your parcel is lost or damaged.

2 thoughts on “Pet Portraits”

  1. Hi Natalie, loving your website. Hey what plugin did you use for this email form? Be great to catch up and compare sites when lockdown is over.

  2. Hello dearest Natalie, I was just looking at your delightful website and noticed you have 6 shipping options but no description of each option.

    Love Daddy XX

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