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Hello and welcome to my web site. I take great pride and enjoyment in my portrait painting and I hope that you also will enjoy browsing through. I create beautiful lifelike portraits of dogs cats horses or other animals. In the gallery you will see pictures of my original watercolour, pastel, oil and pencil commissions. In the reviews you can find out more about what people think of me as a pet portrait artist.

If you like what you see you can easily commission pet portraits on line or via the post. The FAQ (frequently asked Questions) section contains some helpful hints for taking great photographs for me to work from.

Please if there is anything else you would like to know just feel free to contact me – Julie Hodgson.


About the Artist

“I aim to capture the very essence of character and beauty of my subjects from the sparkle in their eyes, to the detail of their features.”

I live and work near Norwich Norfolk.

My paintings have been purchased by clients from several countries in the world.

Apart from my commission work , my favourite subjects include local street scenes, landscapes and people. These I exhibit regularly in Local galleries and exhibitions.

Many of these are currently for sale. If you see anything you like , just ask!

The views below contain a selection of comments from my numerous satisfied clients.


2021 SAA Certificate


In 2012 I was proud to win the Animal and Wildlife category in the SAA Artist of the year competition. My painting of Ollie and Oscar was featured in their national magazine and on their website


In 2021 I was awarded a Supporting All Artists Award certificate for the painting Lonely Lockdown.


Ordering is easy! Just e-mail or call me to discuss your requirements and I will be able to quote a firm price for you.


A standard head and shoulders portrait is from £105.00. A portrait painted in oil will be quoted for individually.


Every finished painting includes two complimentary greeting cards of the subject and is mounted ready for framing. Please note that a mount is not required for a portrait painted in oil.



Happy Customers

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to commission a portrait. What do I do?

Firstly you will need to decide how you would like your portrait to look and consider such things as the medium to be used, the size and whether to include a background. Think of the style, i.e. would you prefer head or full body (this applies to all Pet and People portraits). Once you have decided please contact me via e-mail or post with your request and photographs. Please see  for more details

As I live near Norwich would you take photographs of my pet for me?

Yes I much prefer to do this and at no extra cost to you. It just means that I can take the most suitable poses for your painting
AND even better, I will be better able to capture the character of your pet.
Many of my Norfolk clients have taken this option.
Just contact me via e-mail to arrange this.

Could you include my children in the painting with their pony?

Yes by all means. I will also need some extra photographs. Just contact me and I will discuss this with you.

How long will my portrait take?

This can vary according to the time of year (holiday periods) or according to how busy I am with other commissions. Once I begin a portrait, it normally takes 3 weeks to complete. When you contact me I will be able to give you a more accurate timescale. If you have a short timescale then you could consider ordering a gift voucher. (See the next FAQ for more details on gift vouchers)

Do you offer Gift Vouchers?

A gift voucher is a good alternative if you have left little time to commission a portrait or I am not able to meet your deadline due to work load.

Whatever the reason it makes a truly unique gift and is perfect for Christmas, anniversaries or birthdays.

Just email me with your suggestions, special personal message and the amount you wish to spend at julie@portraitsbyjulie.co.uk.

A voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue but can be extended to suit you.

How do I make sure that I get good Photographs

You may already have a memorable photograph which you can send me but if not please follow my helpful guidelines by clicking the button below.

  1. Set your camera on the finest quality (if digital). Choose a bright day but avoid bright sunlight. This is perfect because there will be no direct glare. Try to position the subject so that the best light is behind you.
  2. It is important to position yourself at the same eye level as the subject so that there is no distortion of view. Squat down to photograph or place the pet on a chair or slope etc.
  3. You will have already thought about what sort of portrait and positional image you would like, so bear that in mind with the next step. It is really helpful to have someone to help motivate the animal to look alert, by enticing them with a treat or squeaking a toy etc. Capturing that split second of expression is the secret of a good photograph for a portrait painting. Take numerous shots and some close ups of the features i.e. eyes, nose and mouth, which is important for my accuracy of detail. If you live within the Norfolk area I would be happy to take the photographs for you at no extra charge but I will have to add my actual travel costs if outside a 10 mile radius of my home.
  4. If you used a digital camera, you can either e-mail the images to me but send them as jpeg files at the resolution of not less than 300dpi if possible. Or save them all onto a disc and send by post. Photos can be mailed and I will return them to you safely with your portrait.

My pet has passed away and I wonder if my photos are suitable.

Let me see all of them because I will certainly try to help you if possible.

I want a portrait of my four greyhounds together but only have single photographs of each.

As long as each photograph shows the dog clearly, I can put them together as a group for you.

Could I have a particular background?

Yes you can have a scene or setting behind your pet which could be your garden, a beach or the sofa. Just include some extra photographs of the scene you would like. Backgrounds like this would be a more expensive option.

Can you arrange for my finished portrait to be framed?

Yes as my partner is a professional framer.

Can I see my portrait before I pay for it?

Certainly you can. On completion of your portrait, I will email a photograph to you for approval. Or I can print a copy and post it to you.


Julie Hodgson – Norfolk, UK

01603211827 or 07795562580

Please use the form below to email me.
I’ll get back to you within two working days.