Pets are our friends, our babies, and sometimes literally the only people (yes, people) we can count on for a mood-boosting snuggle at the end of a long day. Sure, they can be needy, but we happily oblige because they get us! Honestly, what better way to honor our Ollies and Lolas than with a customized pet portrait? Plus, a customized pet portrait is a beautiful gift for someone (yourself included) who recently lost a pet or wants to remember a pet from childhood. Etsy is full of artists with a knack for replicating animal expressions and delivering artwork that’ll last a lifetime. Here, the best pet portrait artists on Etsy.
The Best Pet Portrait Artists on Etsy
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The Best Pet Portraits on Etsy At a Glance
- Best Overall: Roma Lena
- Most Over-the-Top: Prime Design Arts
- Best Black and White: Sheppard Portraits
- Best Pop Art: LauraKG
- Best Oil Painting: Jessica Richter Art
- Best Watercolor: Great Pets Portraits
- Best Mixed Media: Caitlin McMenamin Art
- Most Colorful: Scottie Inspired
- Best Minimalist: Gestuel Studio
- Best Pet/Parent Combo: LC Illustration Shop
- Best Budget: Pet Portrait Art Shop
- Most Creative: RD Jewelry Designs
- Best Ornament: James Cassidy Art
- Best Jewelry: GeoPersonalized
- Best Embroidery: martiliosArts
1. Roma Lena
Price: $150 to $240
Shipping to the U.S.: $17
The whimsical watercolor portraits offered by Roma Lena are brilliantly done. Bulgaria-based artist Elena (a star seller on Etsy) hand-draws each portrait and leaves no detail behind. She’s super transparent about her materials (high quality colored pencil, watercolor, oil and pastel), her process and her pricing. She even offers tips on how to get the best photo of your pet to best guide her as she works. Choose between a standard portrait or—and here’s where the whimsy comes in—a set of peekaboo images that makes it look like Ollie is poking his nose up over the frame. If you’ve got a few pets, a series would be CA-UTE! (Elena is also currently donating a portion of all sales to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support people in Ukraine who are in need.)
Price: $25 to $30
Pets with big personalities or huge egos should have their face immortalized in one of these portraits. Prime Design Arts will turn any pet into a Renaissance king or queen for less than $30. Not only do these prints have a sense of humor, they also have a sense of elegance! The shop runs out of Detroit, Michigan, and has sold more than 4,000 pet pics (and they have four out of four stars). Fans say the shop owner's response time is quick and products arrive within a few days. Colorful, regal, serious, yet incredibly silly.
Best Black and White
Price: $90, free shipping
These hand-drawn charcoal portraits are stunning. The artist, Frank, is based in Niagara Falls, New York, and captures the expressions of dogs and cats (and horses!) perfectly. These pieces are more personal than prints and would be a terrific way to memorialize a pet who recently passed away. Unlike some pet portraits, many of Frank’s portray pets lounging or looking off in another direction, a choice that reminds us of the everyday joys of having a pet, rather than a posed image where Lola is looking directly into the camera. Ideal for muted decor and a more serious vibe.
Best Pop Art
Price: $45 to $300
Shipping: Varies based on size
Hello! Andy Warhol called, and he loves LauraKG’s pop art pet portraits! Shop owner Laura Tripp uses boldly colored acrylic paint to create custom portraits straight out of the 1960s. After receiving a pet’s photo, Laura works directly with you to decide on the background colors best suited for your décor and style. The process takes two to three weeks, so order early if you’re on a deadline. Multiple size options also exist, from 6” x 6” up to 30” x 30”. Might we recommend going full Warhol and ordering four paintings in different colors for maximum Marilyn Diptych effect?
Best Oil Painting
Price: $100 to $525
Jessica Richter Art uses oil paints and museum-quality canvas to capture your pet’s image. She offers miniature portraits (just four inches by four inches) or a variety of larger sizes ranging from five by seven inches to 18 by 24 inches. What we love about these is how up close and personal they look. We’re talking neck and head and big expressions. Each portrait takes roughly two weeks to complete, and Jessica sends clients a pic of their painting before shipping, so you know what you’re getting before you unwrap it.
Price: $84 to $174
A watercolor eight by 10 of your pet is the art you never knew you needed. Alex, the painter, is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and hand-paints every item that comes out of his shop. Choose from a single pet face, two pets in one painting or a full body watercolor. Reviewers say they’ve ordered multiple paintings from Alex, who is called “absolutely amazing,” and “beyond” talented. He’ll even do custom work, like adding some Ziggy Stardust flair to your pet’s image if you ask.
Best Mixed Media
Price: $95 to $175
While canvas and paper are excellent methods for displaying a pet portrait, have you ever considered… wood? Caitlin McMenamin uses oil paints and wood panels to create magical works of art featuring your favorite furry friends. She adds details in the background to play up the joy our animals bring us. Panels range from five by seven inches to nine by 12 inches in size. You can either hang them (they come equipped to hang) or buy a separate stand to set them on. Either way, this is a very cool, unique version of the standard pet portrait.
Looking for a little pizzazz? Have Iain McDonald out of the UK paint a brightly colored pet portrait for your home. Full disclosure: You only receive a digital file image of your painting; you do not get an actual painting. The upside is this is less pricey than a real painting and you receive four different file sizes within just five days. You can then use these files to have your portrait printed on a wrapped canvas in the size of your choice. McDonald offers 20 different background colors and will tweak the portrait as often as necessary to get it right.
Price: $18 to $102
If your home has a minimalist vibe or you’re simply not a fan of cluttered imagery, Gestuel Studio has you covered. First of all, these portraits feel quiet and quaint while still capturing the essence of a real animal. The artist offers 24 muted and neutral background colors, plus you can choose to have multiple pets in one print. Those on a budget can simply download a file; if you want to splurge, go for the 24”x36” poster. Unlike some portraits on our list, these also come with your pup or kitty’s name printed on them. Many reviewers say they love the quality and professionalism offered by the shop and several hung the prints in their children’s nurseries (probably to remind our pets that they’re our babies, too).
Best Pet/Parent Combo
Price: $31 to $90
Shipping: Digital files only for U.S. customers
For those of us who never go anywhere without our pets, it might make more sense to do a combo pet and pet parent portrait. This is where LC Illustration comes in. These certainly aren’t realistic images, but they beautifully and playfully capture the relationships we have with our animals. This also gives you an opportunity to daydream about things you’d like to do with your pet (like the image of a gal and her dog both in hair curlers). Turnaround time is super quick (just one week), and everyone raves about the artist’s communication and work.
Trying not to spend your entire grocery budget on a pet portrait? We get it and your dog thanks you (he likes eating, too). Pet Portrait Art Shop will produce a detailed, high-resolution likeness of your pet for under $18, and the work gets done incredibly quickly (one to three days). You can then download the image and print on the canvas and in the size of your choice. There are 20 background color options and 18 font options. Attention everyone who is engaged! If you want to name a wedding signature cocktail after your pet, Pet Portrait Art Shop will design and print the sign for you, too.
Price: $125 to $145
Shipping to U.S.: $7
Sure, you can wear a T-shirt with your dog’s picture on it. But why stop there? RD Jewelry Designs will handcraft a beaded brooch of your dog or cat (or bird!) you can wear on anything. Made with high-quality materials like silk, gemstones, faux leather and colorful beads, these brooches have unmatched texture, flair and sparkle. Each brooch measures roughly three inches by three inches. The shop ships worldwide for a small fee.
How about a 3D pet portrait?! James Cassidy Art brings your pet to life as a Christmas tree ornament (though we might just keep it up year-round). Made from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint, these look surprisingly like their subjects. They take about four to six weeks to arrive, so keep that lead time in mind come holiday season. The artist also makes pet planters if you’re a plant parent, too.
Price: $13 to $20
Whether you’re a ring, bracelet or necklace person, GeoPersonalized will engrave your jewelry of choice with your pet’s face. We’re partial to the signet rings, but all options are stellar and come in rose gold, gold or silver. You can add your pet’s name if you like or keep it simple with their sweet portrait. Folks with multiple pets can add additional charms onto necklaces and bracelets so all of their pets can be with them throughout the day.
No medium better captures the fur and hair on our pets than embroidery. The artist, Marta, is a pro at bringing animals to life with some fabric and thread. These are all handmade and delivered in hoops measuring almost eight inches in diameter. If you prefer your pet’s portrait embroidered on a shirt, Marta can do that, too. She’s based in Poland, so expect a little extra delivery time when ordering.