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Commissioned Portrait: Fanny

Fanny, pastel, 11 x 14, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Fanny, pastel, 11 x 14, 2022 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Here’s a portrait I finished at the beginning of December. Fanny’s person received a portrait gift certificate for Mothers Day so she could get a portrait of her sweet Fanny, a little Bombay kitty. I had several photos of Fanny to work with and some very active and cute poses, like sitting up on her haunches to watch a squirrel at the bird bath. Her person wanted to make sure her incredible eyes were prominent, so watching the squirrel wouldn’t work.

In another she was on the mantel near the flowers, but she was looking directly at the viewer, and I knew that impish purrsonality was the one. Fanny had visited the mantel often when she was younger and could hop that high in one leap, so it was a happy memory. I thought a portrait of curious Fanny contemplating the woodland sunflowers would be a good interpretation of her purrsonality, and her person agreed. I used other photos to create the pose of her I wanted and moved her closer to the flowers.

And I even got to paint another painting in my painting! I framed this one too, similar to the mat and frame on the painting on the wall.

My special 25% off continues thr0ugh December 30

Here’s the short video I created about my commissioned portraits, and a gallery of samples below.


A Gallery of Samples

You can click through this gallery of 25 samples of portraits over the years to see composition, arrangement, medium, size and more. You don’t need to have the exact photo for your portrait—in fact, I’ve created the custom image for nearly every portrait I’ve painted out of multiple photos.

Holiday Commissioned Portrait and Artwork Special

I’m offering 25% off the purchase of a portrait certificate or a commissioned portrait that is booked between now and December 31, 2022. Use the coupon code COMMISSIONEDARTWORK25 below or on Portraits of Animals.

Sample Commissioned Portrait Certificate
Sample Commissioned Portrait Certificate

How much does a portrait cost?

Visit this page for details and a demonstration.

How do I put a portrait together?

Visit this page to see how I work with photos and create the final image that I’ll paint.

Purchase a certificate

I prefer to look over the work and price the portrait according to how much work will go into it, as described above, but you can either set a budget or get started by purchasing a certificate for yourself or as a gift.

I offer gift certificates for portraits in any denomination beginning at $50.00, which is the basic cost of an 8″ x 10″ black and white portrait; the recipient is responsible for any amount the portrait costs over the amount you’ve paid.

The certificate itself is 8.5″ x 11″ and features a collage of portrait images with the recipient’s and giver’s names, printed on parchment cover stock. The whole thing is packaged in a pocket folder and includes a brochure, a letter from me to the recipient and several business cards. The certificate package can be easily mailed or wrapped as a gift and shipped directly to your recipient.

I can also make it downloadable if you’re in a hurry.

Certificates are good for up to one year after issue, but I’ll usually honor them whenever they come along. It just makes my accounting easier if it’s within the same year.

Certificate Prices


How to Order

  • “Certificate A” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 black and white or monochromatic portrait with one subject.
  • “Certificate B” is for a minimum-size 8 x 10 color portrait with one subject.
  • Choose “A” or “B” depending on whether your portrait is black and white or color.
  • If your portrait will be larger or have more subjects, add $50 or $100 or more to your certificate value with the drop-down below.


  • Size: 8 x 10
  • Subjects: One
  • Color: black and white media such as charcoal, pencil, ink, or monochromatic media such as one color of pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
  • Background or objects: none but shading or colored paper


  • Size: 8 x 10
  • Subjects: One
  • Color: full color media such as pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, etc.
  • Background or objects: none but a color or colored paper

Add to your certificate purchase

You can use the second drop down to add $50.00 or $100.00. For amounts over this I’m working out the easiest way to give options so it’s not too confusing..

Purchase a Commissioned Portrait Gift Certificate


Mimi is not pleased that she is not the subject.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

Find out about events and festivals where you can find me and my work.

Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!

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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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