• Black Labrador in Pastels

Custom Pet Portraits by Artist Sandra Palme

For many people, a drawing or painting of their pet is a very special way of honouring their feathered or furry animal friend. A portrait creates a lasting memory. My name is Sandra Palme, I’m a professional pet portrait artist based in South East England, in the UK, specialising in hand-drawn custom pet portraits primarily in pastels and charcoal. I love animals and have been creating affordable pet portraits for about 14 years now. Since I started my art business, I have accepted hundreds of commissions  worldwide and would be happy to create a special memory of your dog, horse, pony, cat or any pet from your chosen favourite photo(s) in a portrait. When drawing a portrait, my aim is to capture your pet’s personality and essence as well as their looks. From personal experience, I know how special your pet is to you!


Please take a moment to view my pet portrait galleries for some examples of my drawings and hand painted horse portraitsdog portraitscat portraits and animal wildlife artwork, including head studies, full body and group portraits of pets in pastels or charcoal. This is just a sample of the previous pet portrait commissions as it is impossible to display all of them. If you have an idea for a portrait, with a particular pose or for a montage of several small pet portraits, please let me know as I am always open to suggestions from customers.
If you are interested in having a pet portrait drawn – email me for a free quote: admin@finepetportraits.co.uk

Custom Portrait of cat in pastels


Custom pet portraits are drawn from your photograph(s). Generally speaking, the better the photograph, the better the completed artwork has the potential to be. It is so much easier to get the colours and the detail correct from a good quality photograph of an animal than it is for example from a poor quality one taken from a mobile. All that is required is at least one good reference photograph that you can e-mail. I pride myself in producing highly detailed, realistic artwork in my pet portraits and guarantee a very good likeness of your pet. I use only the best high quality art materials (pastel sticks and pencils, special pastel paper etc.) You can compare some of my drawings of pets to the reference picture they were drawn from on my ‘photo to pet portrait‘ page, read customer comments or see photos of previous happy customers with their pet portraits.

Pastel Portrait of Dog

Charcoal Portrait of Basset Hound

One of my pastel portraits of a Horse


Pastel Portraits from £89.99 + p&p
Charcoal Portraits from £69.99 + p&p

If you are thinking about ordering a portrait of your own pet or another animal lover’s, have a look at my information page and my price list and then contact me by filling in the contact form or by sending me an e-mail. I will always try to reply within 24 hours and am always happy to help. During the drawing process, I can email photos of the ‘work in progress’. Once your portrait is completed, a scan will be e-mailed to you for approval. I only require a small deposit; the balance is not due until you are 100% happy with the artwork.


Pet portraits make great gifts (birthday, Christmas, wedding, Mother’s Day, or just to give a friend or family member a present). Pet portraits gift vouchers are available so that you can let the recipient make their own choice in their own time.


Most people use social media (Facebook and Twitter links below) and if you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, please visit. I often post ‘work in progress’ pictures of my pet portraits and also the completed artwork.

Happy Customers’ Comments

Miniature Poodle in Pastels

“The portrait looks perfect! The 2 girls look so pretty & I don’t know how you’ve done it, but you’ve really captured their personalities & sparkle in their faces! You’re so talented! Thank you!” and “I gave the portrait to my Dad yesterday. He was delighted! He said it was “Remarkable”. He loved how ‘real’ the girls looked and he is thrilled.“

Beki S., England

Rough Collie - Casey

“Sandra, Scott and I just opened up Casey’s portrait. It is so wonderful. The packaging was totally intact. We are going to frame him ourselves because we do not want anyone else handling him. I cannot thank you enough for the way you have made him alive with your amazing ability. We love him and will treasure him forever. Thank you Thank you Thank you. It is truly my boy!”

Dendy & Scott D. , USA

Pastel Horse

“All we can say is wow and thank you! We received the portrait Friday and the detail is just incredible!”

Georgia and Jack R. , UK

Yellow Labrador in Pastels

“Hi Sandra just letting you know the painting has arrived and it looks fabulous!!! We will be taking it to a framer soon. I shall definitely recommend you to anyone that wants a portrait doing! Thank you again so so much -it turned out to be the perfect birthday present. Many Thanks,”

Katie B., UK.

Horse Pastels Portrait

“Sandra – it is absolutely fantastic, it’s just Annie! I just know her owner will love it, I can’t wait until Christmas now to show her! Thank you so much.”

Kerri W., UK

Irish Setter - Murphy

“My beautiful Murphy-Moo was brought to life by the exceptionally talented Sandra Palme. Can’t thank you enough, Sandra – it’s like looking at a photo… but better. Truly magnificent! x”

Sarah M.