Custom Pet Portraits from Photos by Artist Sandra Palme

Pet Portraits by Sandra Palme - Dogs, Cat and Horse

For many people, a drawing or painting of their pet is a very special way of honouring their feathered or furry friend.
My name is Sandra Palme, I’m a professional equine and pet portrait artist based in South East England, in the UK, specialising in hand-drawn customised portraits of pets primarily in pastels (the most popular) and charcoal. From 2006, I have accepted hundreds of commissions of pets worldwide and would be happy to create a lasting memory of your dog, horse, pony, cat or any pet from your chosen favourite photos. My aim is to capture your pet’s personality and essence together with their looks. From personal experience, I know how special your pet is likely to be to you!

Portrait Galleries of Pet Portraits

Please take a moment to have a look at my portrait galleries for some examples of my drawings of horses, dogs, cats and wildlife artwork, including head studies, full body and group portraits of pets in pastels or charcoal. This is just a sample of my completed commissions of my pet portraits as it is impossible to display all of them. If you have a particular idea for a pose or for a montage, please let me know as I am always open to suggestions from customers. 

If you are interested in having your pet drawn?
Email me for a free quote:

Labrador portrait, horse, owl and dog portrait

Portrait from Your Pet Photo

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 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 or post.

Ordering a Portrait

If you are thinking about ordering a portrait of your own pet or a friend’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. During the drawing process of all pet portraits, I will email scans of the ‘work in progress’ and then 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.

Portraits Drawn from Reference Photo of Your Pet

I pride myself in producing quality artwork and guarantee a very good likeness of your pet. You can compare some of my drawings of pets to the reference photos they were drawn from on my ‘photo to pet portrait’ page, read customer comments or see photos of happy customers.

Pastel portrait of Amazon parrots, charcoal portrait of two horses and cat portrait in pastels

Gift Vouchers

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

Social Media

Most people use social media and if you are on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, please contact me and ask any questions with regard to portraits. I post ‘work in progress’ and also completed work.

On Twitter – @Finepetportrait


“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”

“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

“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

“Absolutely fantastic!! She looks great and you have managed to get her markings.”
“I didn’t open the picture till Christmas Eve and my girlfriend received it yesterday. She loves it!! Almost in tears which is no mean feat. The drawing is brilliant, thanks again!
Graham C., UK.

“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!”


“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

“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.

“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

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