Pet and family portraits

I paint pet and family portraits in pastels or charcoal and they are the perfect idea for that unique gift for a loved one.

Maybe you have something special that you would like to commission for yourself?

Either way, an original portrait will always bring pleasure (possibly even a tear) when received.

Working from photographs, I take the time to achieve the best likeness possible, and if you live locally, I am happy to visit and take photos if necessary. You can view previous pet and family portraits in my portrait gallery here.

Below are a few examples of my portrait work. Select a picture for a more detailed view of the before and after.

What are pastels?

No, they are not chalk. Pastels are a popular medium and are made up of pure pigment. (soft pastels can even be used with water). The level of binder used to keep this pigment together defines the hardness of the pastel. From hard Conte sticks and Faber Castell pencils to the superior soft Sennelier and Schmincke pastel sticks. I use all of these as they are very light fast and will not fade over time.

Next, the paper is important too, and I use Art Spectrums “Colourfix” range. This is a thick watercolour paper with a coating that gives a rough finish for the pastel to adhere to.

For sketches in charcoal or pastel pencil I use Ingres or Canson paper. and cartridge paper if a white background is required with the charcoal.

Finally, as I do not use fixative, i use a frame with glass to protect the completed picture. All the materials I use are light fast and acid free and so will retain their colours.


Fife artist Christopher Amos (Amosartworks)

Hi, my name is Christopher Amos and I live in the rural village of Blairhall, Fife, not far from the Highlands of Scotland.

Originally drawing portraits in graphite from an early age, I subsequently started using pastels to do portraits for family and friends.

The early years…..

As a member of the Dunfermline Art Club, I have been fortunate to be able to paint in my spare time and show my work with the Club over the years. I still exhibit work periodically within the Clubs gallery located in the Kingsgate Centre in Dunfermline and their annual exhibitions.

At the Clubs summer exhibition in 2019, I won the Jess Burns award by public vote for my painting of a Maine Coon in soft pastels.

My main area of expertise is creating portraits from client photographs, some of which you can view in my gallery.

Absolutely love the drawing of my two boys. Both personalities caught perfectly in the image and the details within the drawing are incredible. It’s nice to have a picture that isn’t digital to treasure forever and have on the wall to show off. Excellent work and a very happy customer I am.”

The Boys

You will find other testimonials for my work by selecting this testimonials link.

I still produce landscapes and abstracts in oils, acrylic, watercolour and pastels.

These can also be viewed in my other galleries.

If you are looking for that unique gift then it’s possible that you will find something you like in my online shop. You can select the link in the menu above or select below to access.

Subsequently, if you would like to commission an original artwork, please proceed to read through the process information below.


Portrait prices can be found below and include frame and shipping.

Given the nature of a pastel picture, I always frame immediately in order that the picture is protected from damage, especially during transportation.

Please note that the sizes in the table below relate to the picture prior to framing

InchesCentimetersTotal cost
10 x 825 x 20£97
12 x 830 x 20£112
16 x 1240 x 30£239
20 x 1650 x 40£381

Below you can find some guidance to help in deciding your portrait size and sizes are in inches:

10 x 8 – Ideal for a small head portrait.

12 x 8 – Ideal for small dog/cat head and body portrait, small head portrait or larger dog head portrait.

16 x 12 – Ideal for larger dog head and body, horse head portrait or adult portrait. Can fit 2 small head portraits.

20 x 16 – Ideal for horse head and body portrait or multiple head portraits.

There are no add – ons for multiple portraits. i.e. if you have more than one portrait in
the picture, it is one price that you pay.   

Normally a portrait is of the head and shoulders, and a background is included to compliment the overall picture.

Should you want a more detailed background to this, please contact me for a quote.

If you wish a portrait in charcoal only, then deduct 10% from the overall cost.

Note that I may request a pre-payment of 25% of the cost by cheque or bank transfer to book a slot.

A gift card is also available if you are short of time. You can buy a £50 voucher or pay for the full price of a commission if you prefer.

Gift Card Amosartworks

Portraits will normally take up to 8 weeks to complete, so please contact me in sufficient time.

The standard frames that I use are black with a white mount and black inlay.

In the example below, the portrait is 12″ x 8″ with a 16.75″ x 13″ frame. Should you have different framing requirements I will be happy to quote and arrange with my local framer.

Portrait prices


Commission a painting

If you are thinking of ordering a picture of a family member, pet or equine portrait then here you will find information to help you with the process

Contact me

Please use the contact form to get in touch and discuss a quote. alternatively give me call on the phone number at the foot of this page. This form should also be used for redeeming gift cards.


Once I clearly understand your requirements, I will email you a quote and agree a tentative slot.


The better the quality of the photo then the better quality of the portrait. If you can send multiple photos as reference then even better.

Try and get a clear picture without “red eye”.

For pets it is handy to have an assistant to get the pets attention as they can be very active. Use their favourite treat to get attention.


When you are happy to proceed, a slot will be booked in my calendar and I may request a 25% pre-payment by bank transfer or cheque once the slot is booked. Pre-payment of course does not apply to gift cards.


I will periodically send you and update (with picture) to make sure you are happy with progress. Once you are happy with the final picture it is packed for posting.

Final Payment

Once final payment is made by bank transfer or cheque, the picture will be posted to you.

Terms of Use

Please ensure you read through the terms of use prior to commissioning a portrait.

Pet portraits
White pastel.


Contact Amosartworks

To contact me in order to arrange a portrait commission or any other inquiry, please use the form below.

Click here for examples of previous portrait commissions plus examples of some of my other artwork.

Should you be redeeming a gift card, please remember to reference your code when contacting me.

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