Judy Kasdorf

pet portrait pastel artist

Pet Portraits

For more information on how to commission a portrait of your pet, click here.

Bella

aka Princess Blubella
Pastel painting
Winner of Third Best in Show at 2013 Reflections of Nature Art Show

Bella is a female black tricolor purebred Border Collie. She is very distinctive, having one brown and one blue eye. At 4 months of age when this painting was commissioned, she was described as very gentle and loving, petite and vocally expressive, but also inquisitive and independent. Bella loves to explore rural S.W. Saskatchewan where she lives.

Dublin

Pastel painting

Dublin was rescued from a northern Saskatchewan community on St. Patrick's Day in 2006. After beatings had failed to end his life, he had escaped into the bush before he could be shot. He resurfaced 5 days later, sick and terrified and barely alive. He was so emaciated that he could hardly stand. Thankfully, a nurse happened to find him and she brought him to New Hope Dog Rescue for rehabilitation. The vet in Saskatoon thought that Dublin was too ill to survive. At first he was only able to eat soft food as his gums and mouth were in such bad shape. After much TLC his health improved and finally he was ready to become part of a loving family. When I visited his home I was amazed at his gentle temperament despite the hardships he had endured. What an honour it was to paint a portrait of this incredible dog with such a sweet spirit. After many years of giving unconditional love to his adoring family, Dublin passed away on Sept. 12, 2017.

Pepper

Pastel painting

"I wanted to surprise my family at Christmas with a painting of our beloved dog, Pepper. Judy was an absolute delight to work with throughout every stage of the process. My family was thrilled when they opened this unique gift Christmas Day. She beautifully captured Pepper's likeness in pastel both in perfection of features and essence of his character. We will treasure this portrait of Pepper for a lifetime. Thank you so much Judy." - Cristy Labrecque

Champ

Pastel painting

What soulful eyes! I have received another commission from the same client who was very pleased with this portrait of Champ.

Samuel

Pastel painting

One of my first commissions painted for a friend who loved dogs, especially his dog Samuel who was never far from his side. He described it as "a painting of a Best Friend BY a Best Friend".

Charlie

Oil painting

Charlie was painted in a workshop using water soluble oils. As I painted, his personality seemed to come to life and as one workshop participant commented, he looked a little like a Super Hero - all he needed was the cape flowing out behind him!

Gatini

Pastel painting

In a box of photos, I came across one of a cat with the most amazing eyes and decided to paint her portrait "just for the fun of it". I found out later that it was a photo of my niece's cat who was a family pet in the years they lived in Costa Rica. Using the Spanish name for cat (gato) as the basis, they arrived at the name "Gatini".

Horse Portrait

Pastel painting

As a child I always loved horses and wanted one of my own! That wasn't to be, but that hasn't stopped me from painting horses from time to time. This is the first in what I will call my "Twilight Series" - some will be of horses, others will be wildlife. I am open to the opportunity of commissions, whether it is a traditional portrait of a horse or something more unique.

How to Commission a Pet Portrait:

Our pets occupy a special place in our hearts. A portrait created in a way that captures your pet's spirit can be enjoyed now and treasured long after the time you have spent together. I will consider it a privilege to paint a lasting memory for you of your beloved pet.

To order your portrait:
1. I will require accurate and clear photo references of your pet to be emailed to me. Select the best photos you have so that I can most accurately depict your pet. Here are some pointers regarding photos:

  • Does it accurately reflect the personality, pose or facial expression of your pet?
  • Is the colour true to life?
  • Is the photo clear/crisp with as much detail in it as possible?
  • Are you sending the photo in the largest possible version?

2. Once I have had a look at the photos, I will contact you to discuss your individual requirements.

  • My portraits are normally painted using a combination of soft pastels and pastel pencils on suede board. Below are standard sizes & pricing. If you require something different, I will quote you a price accordingly.
  • Prices reflect one subject in a composition. For a portrait requiring more subjects or complexity, email for a specific quote.

Pastel Painting Price:
8" x 10" $400.00 (unframed)
9" x 12" $450.00 (unframed)
11" x 14" $500.00 (unframed)
12" x 12" $500.00 (unframed)

Note Re Framing: Pastel paintings must be framed under glass and normally require matting or "spacers". Matting will greatly enhance the portrait and also make the overall framed measurements larger. If you wish to include framing in your portrait order, contact me for pricing and details.

Example: For an 8x10 painting with 2-1/2" matting, the overall framed size would be 13" x 15" + the width of whatever frame you choose.

3. I will take into consideration the type of portrait you are looking for and come up with a composition that is the most suitable, for your approval. If you look at the samples shown, I think you will see that I have a passion for what I do and that is reflected in a high quality portrait of the client's beloved pet. I want you to be completely happy with the finished portrait. I take the time needed to create the best possible portrait and commissions are limited to what my schedule allows.

4.Deposit Required: Once you have contacted me and the portrait details have been determined, you will be sent an email invoice and a 40% deposit will be required before I start the portrait. Due to the personalized nature of a pet portrait and the amount of work involved, the deposit is non-refundable after the portrait has been started. Once a commission is accepted, I will email photos showing the progress. Upon completion, if there are any minor changes or touch-ups required, I will be happy to do so at that time.

5. Shipment & Final Payment: I will notify you regarding shipment details and costs. The balance owing (including shipping) is due prior to shipment. The preferred method of payment is PayPal. Canadian orders can also pay via e-transfer. If you prefer, you may also pay using a Canadian or U.S. International Money Order.

Other Artwork:
Additionally you can commission a painting, for instance a wildlife painting, for which you don't have specific photographs for reference. Or, if you've fallen in love with a painting which has been sold and would like something similar, just email me for an individual quote.

To order your own custom pet portrait, contact me via the contact page.

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