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The Pet Portrait Process

Contact the Artist

There are a few ways to get in touch! You can either email Lauren directly through the website, send an email to or send Lauren a text or phone call at 858-519-7908

You cannot currently purchase directly through the website, please contact Lauren to commission artwork!


mini portrait 3.5" x 4.75" - $125

small 6" x 8" - $200

medium 8" x 10" - $375

large 9" x 12" - $500

Larger sizes are available upon request, and I can also put two subjects in one painting for an additional fee (it varies circumstance to circumstance but is typically 1.5 times the original cost). If you have questions with regards to what size will be the best for you or your recipient, I am more than happy to answer them via phone or email. Please note that gift certificates are also available. 

Reference Images

Once we land on the size of your artwork and payment is received you will need to send a reference image (or images) to make the magic happen. If you have purchased your artwork through the website, I will reach out to you! This is where we talk about the details you would like to see come through in your portrait.

Send reference images to 


If you need help taking an image, see the guide to reference images below.

Lauren Paints

The painting process takes 4-6 weeks. Rush orders can be made for a 20% fee. If you follow us on Instagram you might see your pet in progress- so be sure to follow @salt.water.color 


When your portrait is complete I will pack your artwork safely and ship to you or your recipients. Please note that shipping costs are included in the price of the artwork. I do not ship framed artwork as they are too prone to breaking in transit and damaging the artwork. I am happy to make suggestions on framing, but will not frame your artwork for you.


Lauren retains the sole ability to use artwork in stationery, printed goods, products, and for advertisement purposes. Clients may not duplicate the artwork or use in any commercial or advertising material without purchasing the rights to do so. Please inquire if you are interested in this as I often sell the rights for use in logos and for products/advertising.

Ref Image

How to Take a Good Reference Image

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Choosing a good reference image is critical to the quality of the finished piece as I work directly from it to create your artwork! If there are multiple images of the subjects, I can splice them together, but the most important parts are:


Try to make sure your pet doesn't have his or her nose in the camera. Take the image from roughly eye level and from a distance that doesn't warp the proportions, unless that is what makes your pet's character shine through, in which case, show me that nose you love to BOOP! Likewise, it helps if the subject is not looking directly at the camera- a slight degree of nose tilt does wonders; work those angles, baby! For an extra bit of expression in that sweet face, get your pet's attention with a treat as you click away.


Be sure I can see the facial features and other defining traits clearly. Eyes need to be well lit, visible, and ideally, we won't have to overcome shadows across the face or body. The eyes really sell the final product- if I can see them well, it will convey nicely!


These days, most phone cameras can capture the subject with enough clarity. While I don't need to make out every individual hair, the clearer the image the better! Blurry images simply will not render enough detail in the final piece.

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