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The Artist At Work

the artist at work on a cat portrait commission
the artist at work on a horse portrait commission
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sample horse portrait

Traditionally Painted Pet Portraits – Galleries

Dog Portrait Gallery

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Dog Portrait Gallery

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Cat Portrait Gallery

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Cat Portrait Gallery

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Horse Portrait Gallery

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Horse Portrait Gallery

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Pet Portraits Enquiry Form

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Dog Portrait of 'Mollie'

We were absolutely thrilled with the service we received from David, the pet portrait specialist at Big Red. The portrait he created for us is simply fabulous and captured our little ‘Mollie’ just as we’d hoped. From start to finish the process was easy. We simply sent over our photo via email, paid the fee and within a week we had a fantastic portrait of our beloved dog up on the wall in our living room.

John and Jenny Bakeman 2019


Cat Portrait of 'Trixie'

The portrait of Trixie is truly fabulous. Can’t wait for John to open it on Christmas morning!

Sophie Riddle 2019

Horse Portrait of 'Charlie'

I can’t imagine having the skill and patience this painting must have taken. The resemblance is spot on and without a doubt ‘my Charlie’! So pleased with how this has all gone and so easy to work with you – thank you so much.

Mary Francis 2019


Dog Portrait of 'Ralph'

Hi Adam,

I’ve just this minute received the portrait of Ralph and had to email you straight away to express how thrilled I am with the painting! The likeness is unbelievable and I can’t wait for my wife to open it next week on her birthday. Really can’t thank you enough…absolutely love it!

Gary Arnold 2019


Cat Portrait of 'Tommy'

You’ve captured Tommy exactly and I love it! So pleased I went ahead with this and it’s so true that you get what you pay for. The quality and likeness is clear to see and shows the skill and time taken to achieve such fantastic pieces. Will recommend you to all my family and friends who have pets!

Maureen and Jeffery Pincent 2019

Horse Portrait of 'Jessie'

Well what can I say other than it’s simply brilliant! You are so talented and to be able to capture such a perfect realistic likeness is truly a talent you’re blessed with. So pleased I nearly cried…

Lynn Oliver 2019

Dog Portrait of 'Fred'

Dear Adam, I received my painting of Fred today and as you know I’ve been so excited about this and to say that I wasn’t disappointed is such an understatement; it really is so fantastic. Can’t wait to get it framed and put up in ‘pride of place’ in my lounge. Thank you so much

Jane Claremont 2019

Cat Portrait of 'Mex'

Even better than I could have imagined – unbelievably brilliant. So pleased we commissioned this with you – couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

Harry Beecham 2019

Horse Portrait of 'Pepper'

In a word – brilliant!

James Cagney 2019

The Painting

Here at Big Red, we are exceptionally proud to represent our critically acclaimed pet portraits artist, David Orland.

With over 30 years of experience in his specialised field, David has become one of the most respected artists in this genre amongst his peers.

Working in his preferred medium of pencil and gouache on high quality textured watercolour paper his attention to detail is breathe taking and ensures an exact likeness of your beloved pet each and every time.

Making the perfect bespoke and personal gift for any occasion, David’s work never disappoints and captures the personality and character of what we’re sure is a cherished member of the family in a form that will stand the test of time.

Please review David’s carefully selected samples of his pet portraits showing you the quality and work processes assuring you that the commissioning and creation of your family pet portrait couldn’t be in better hands. Contact us today for further details.

* Please note; only a hand full of studio time slots are still available prior to Christmas delivery*


The Likeness

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Photo Ref

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Painted Portrait

Gouche / Watercolour

The Detail

Review the enlarged samples below to fully appreciate the fine detail that goes into every painting.
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Pet Portraits – Traditionally Painted

So if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas or birthday gift. Think no further than commissioning your very own, hand painted, custom dog, cat or horse portrait…or any other pet you may own of course.

Traditionally painted by our expert portrait artist, we will provide you with an unbelievable pet portrait gift that anyone would absolutely love to receive.

Highly recommended as the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift, these custom pet paintings never fail to impress. Constantly giving that wow factor to any occasion.

As you will be able to see, our artist David is passionate about his work and strives to create perfect likenesses each and every time. We understand that your pets mean the world to you being such an integral part of our everyday lives. Allowing us to produce a long lasting memory of you pet, we consider an honour and something that we do not take lightly.

Although our site mainly shows portraits of dogs, cats and horses we are in no way restricted to these animals and are more than happy to receive requests from anything from rats and hamsters to rabbits and chickens.

When it comes to creating your portrait you can rest assured know that many hours have gone into creating the final artwork for you. With this said, it is important to understand that it sin’t unusual to have up to a 6 week waiting period due to the number of hours each commission takes. The Christmas period tends to be a particularly busy time of year and it sometimes makes more sense to purchase a pet portrait voucher allowing you time in the new year to detail exactly what you want painting or allowing the recipient input into the photo reference / composition that is to be portrayed. Please just contact us for further details.