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.

After working in manufacturing for over 30 years, I decided to change direction in order to focus on my art.

So, my main work now is creating portraits from client photographs, some of which you can view in my gallery.

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.


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 25% pre-payment by bank transfer or cheque will guarantee a slot for doing your portrait. 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.


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.

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

If you wish to have additions to this, please add on the prices below when considering your commission.

Note that the larger sizes are best suited for portraits of larger dogs and cats. horses, full body or multiple portraits. and if you want any more than two subjects in a picture, please contact me for a quote.

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

Note that a pre-payment of 25% of the cost is required, 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


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.

I check my email daily and will get back to you as soon as possible.

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