Portraits To Treasure Forever

Owning your own unique piece of art couldn’t be easier

 I will paint your beloved people, pets or any animal you adore!

In either top quality pastels or oils, every painting is completed with great attention to detail making sure you get a stunning painting your family will treasure forever.

Working from single or multiple photographs I can guide you through the process making sure you get exactly what you want.

Please read through the sections below for more information on my commission process.

Pastel painting, tabby cat

Commission a painting
It couldn’t be easier to commission your own piece of art, first you need to decide on a few things -
  1. Do you want your painting in oil or pastel (oils take longer).
  2. How big do you want your painting?
  3. Do you want just the head and shoulders or whole body?
Once you have decided on the above it’s simple to arrange your portrait. If you are unsure of size and background colour etc I can advise you on this.
Please send a good clear photograph or photographs via email to su@sumelville.com. The better the quality of photographs, the better the painting will be.
Some quick tips are:
  1. Take your photos outside or by a window where there is lots of natural light – Don’t use a flash!
  2. When photographing animals or children try to get down to eye level, this gives a great perspective.
  3. It often helps to have help, especially with animals and children - having someone in the direction you want them to look with a toy to attract attention makes it much easier!
  4. When you are wanting two subjects in a painting it’s best to have multiple photos – try to take the photos with the light coming from the same side and have at least one photo with them together as this lets me know their relative sizes.
  5. The most important point is to get a photo which really captures the personality of your subject!
How long does it take to complete a portrait?
I have an order book so when you book I can advise on timescales however it is important to bear the following in mind:
  1. Pastels will take a minimum of two weeks to complete.
  2. Oils take a minimum of three months to complete.
  3. Postage time if it is to be despatched outside the UK - this can be expedited at an extra cost.
Care of your Painting
Pastel paintings need to be framed under glass – the sooner the better. All my paintings are posted unframed and will come with care instructions.
A deposit of 20% is required when you order your commission, full payment is then made once you are happy with the online preview. PayPal and bank transfers are acceptable.

Paintings can be posted unframed worldwide

International shipping means that no matter where you live your artwork will reach you safely.

Not sure what to get your loved one? A portrait is a gift that will last a lifetime.

If you would like to discuss portraits for a gift or a treat for yourself contact me here.

gymnast pastel portrait

An extraordinary likeness achieved from a photograph

“Su brought a wonderful depth to the image that I was not really expecting. Particularly impressed with the eyes that seem to capture the subject’s character perfectly and bring the portrait to life. Thank you so much, now beautifully framed and taking pride of place on my wall.”

Andy, Manchester, UK


Head Portrait -
Head Portrait -
Full Body -
Full Body -
12" x 10"£350£300--
16" x 12"£500£400 £550£450
18" x 14"£600 £500£700 £600
Additional subjects - Add 50% for each additional subject.
Postage is extra and varies depending upon location.


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