Celebrate your furry, feathery, or scaly friends! Pet portraits are a great way to celebrate a special critter in your life or to remember a long-lost friend.
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what's included?

Your pet portrait will be an original, hand-painted,

gouache painting on 100% cotton watercolour paper,

supported by archival mat board with a custom art label. 

To ensure your artwork arrives safe and sound, free tracked and

insured shipping within Canada is included. If you would prefer local pick up in central Edmonton, you will receive a $20 discount on your order. 


Framing is not included.

options and payment

One Pet on 8 x 8" = $120

Two Pets on 12 x 12" = $180

Three Pets on 12 x 16" = $240

Four Pets on 12 x 16" or 16 x 16" =  $280

Five Pets on 12 x 16" or 16 x 16" = $320

A 50% deposit is required to confirm the commission. The remaining amount is due once the artwork is complete. You may pay with cash or e-transfer.

If you are looking for a custom size, or if you would like your pet portrait to include more than just the pet (like maybe the chair where their favourite sleeping spot is), let me know and we can discuss the possibilities!

background colour options

Now offering background colours for your pet portrait. Options include cheery colours like pale pink, creamy yellow, pastel peach, misty blue, and pale lime! (And, if you are a purist, classic white is still an option.)

reference photos


Please send photos to I need at least one photo with good lighting that captures the whole body (ideally at the animal's eye level). Additional photos are helpful to show details like the colour of the eyes, collar, favourite toy, treats, etc. To ensure I create the painting of your dreams, please tell me about all the details you want in the artwork prior to signing the contract.



Plan for at least 2 weeks for the artwork to be complete. If you have a tight deadline, reach out and I'll let you know what's possible. The expected date of completion will be confirmed upon booking.

gift certificates

Give the gift of a pet portrait commission! This is a great option if your timeline is tight or if you can't track down photos without the gift recipient.

How it works: You purchase a gift certificate. I will mail your gift certificate to you or to your recipient, or I can send you a digital version to print yourself. Then, your gift recipient can contact me at any time when they are ready to have their artwork started. They will send me their photos and I will start painting. 

Please note: All artwork created by Nancy Nickolson is protected under copyright. Do not resell, reproduce, or alter the artwork. However, sharing attributed photos on social media and the like is encouraged.​ If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.