Dog paintings, cat paintings, pet portraits in pastel by Deefer Dog Designs.

Deefer Dog Designs specializes in dog, cat, horse or any other pet paintings.

From your photos I create unique, original portraits using pastels to display those special qualities and character that you recognize and love in your pet.

PICT0044 webYour pet portrait can be painted in traditional style or perhaps as a unique close up as seen here in the award winning portrait of Sadiki our own Rhodesian Ridgeback.   Other examples can be seen in our Gallery.

A pet portrait in pastel is a unique piece of art that immortalizes your special companion and captures the loving bond you share.

It may be a special gift for someone, a memorial or a treasured treat for yourself.

Pastel portraits are done using artist quality soft pastels (Rembrandt,Schmincke, Sennelier) on archival quality pastel board.  I prefer board as opposed to paper, as paper may ripple over time.  The portraits are finished with a light spray of artist quality fixative.

Pastels should be framed behind glass preferably with double matt board as this will keep the painting off the glass and will last for generations.  To reduce your costs we will frame your portrait for you.  See our Framing and Prices pages.  

I promise you will fall in love with a Deefer Dog Design portrait.

Contact me to discuss your ideas and requirements.

Best Wishes.
                      Rose Handke                                                       

A pastel portrait timeline, showing 5 of the stages in the creation of Demi's portrait.

1 Charcoal underdrawing2 Blocking in the pastels3 Base colours blocked in4 Pastel layering5 Fine detail added

© Greg Handke 2013