Colored Pencils & Pastels



8x10 portrait - $ 175 

  • Includes mat, backing board and plain colored or gradient background            
  • Actual size of art slightly smaller than 8x10 to allow for mat to fit an 11x14 frame
  • Best for head and neck only or full body of small pet 

9x12 portrait - $200 

  • Includes mat, backing board and plain colored or gradient background 
  • Actual size of art slightly smaller than 9x12 to allow for mat  to fit a 12x16 frame           
  • Best for head and neck only or full body or medium sized pet 

11x14 portrait - $225 

  • Includes mat, backing board and plain colored or gradient background             
  • Actual size of art slightly smaller than 11x14 to allow for mat to fit a 16x20 frame           
  • Best for full body of larger pet or two small pets


Backgrounds: There is an additional charge of $25.00 for simple backgrounds such as flooring/carpet, bedding, simplified foliage/grass, barn interior, etc.  Complex backgrounds are not an option, as the goal is to highlight your pet.

Multiple pets:  I can accommodate up to two pets in the same portrait for an additional charge of $25.00.  (Full body of two small pets or head and neck of two medium sized pets.)  Both pets must be together in the same reference photo. 

Time to complete:  Portraits take about 3 – 4 weeks to complete from start to finish.  It is important to allow some flexibility in the event of an illness; however, I will make every effort to complete the project in a reasonable amount of time.  If you need the portrait on or by a certain date, please tell me in advance.  The time in which I can begin a project depends on the number of portraits I already have scheduled.  If my schedule is booked for several months ahead, I can add your name to my waiting list.

To request a pet portrait commission, select CONTACT in the menu bar or email me at

Please read the commission process below, as well as the terms and conditions prior to contacting me about your project.  


Step 1: Select the reference photo and size

It is very important to select a quality photo of your pet for the best portrait possible.  Be sure the photo is clear, details are visible and your pet is well lit.  Please do not send photos from screenshots, social media downloads, or photos taken in portrait mode.  I cannot work from photos that are blurry, grainy or dark.  Please send 4-6 additional photos to supplement the main reference photo.  I can work with you to determine which photo will work the best. 

I will mount your portrait on a backing board with a white, acid neutral mat that will fit standard size frames in the following dimensions:  11x14 for an 8x10 portrait, 12x16 for a 9x12 portrait or 16x20 for an 11x14 portrait.  I do not frame the art.  If you are going to have your portrait professionally framed, variations to the sizes listed above are available upon request, but I will not provide a mat.  If you want to frame the portrait yourself in an off the rack/stock frame, take care not to smudge the artwork. 

Step 2:  Contact me to begin the commission process

After you have read all the information on the website, email me at or select CONTACT in the menu bar, and we can discuss the specifications of your commission.  I will provide a quote and an estimated completion date.  

Step 3:  Submit the deposit

I will send you a customized invoice at which time 50% of the total cost of the portrait is due via PayPal or Venmo.  Cash is accepted if local. Deposits are non-refundable once the portrait is started, or materials are ordered.  By sending me your deposit, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to all the information on the website including the terms and conditions and your customized invoice. When I receive your deposit, I will begin the commissioned artwork.

Step 3:  Approve progress photos

I will send three progress photos of the art toward the beginning, middle and end of the project.  Up to three reasonable, minor alterations/revisions can be requested at no charge such as tweaking colors or the shape of a body part.  I will charge $25 for any additional revisions for a total of five.   Major changes cannot be accommodated once the drawing process has begun. 

Step 5:  Submit remaining balance and shipping cost

I will send a second invoice for the remaining balance plus the cost of shipping when the portrait is completed.   When I receive the remaining balance, I will ship your artwork.  Currently, I do not ship internationally.  The price for shipping depends on weight and distance.  All portraits are carefully wrapped and insured.

Please carefully review the commission information found in the menu bar and the terms and conditions below prior to contacting me about your project.  

By sending me your deposit, you have read and agreed to all of the information found on the website and your invoice: 

REFERENCE PHOTOS: I must confirm that the reference photos you supply are not too dark, the pet is not obstructed, and that the photos are not grainy or blurry. If they do not meet this criteria, I can not draw the portrait.

TIMELINE: I will provide an estimated completion date in your customized invoice and make every attempt to finish the artwork by the agreed upon date.  In the rare event of an emergency, you will be notified as soon as a delay has occurred. You will be discounted 20% of the price if the artwork is not finished by the completion date due to a delay on my part. Multiple revision requests or delays or failure to correspond regarding proofs/revisions on your part will also result in altering the completion date.  (See below)


Revisions: Satisfying the customer is of utmost importance but there are limits to what I can alter at your request.  I will only make revisions that are within the confines of the existing style and materials.  I will send three progress photos of the art toward the beginning, middle and end of the project. Up to three minor adjustments/revisions are offered free of charge.  (Minor as defined by slight changes in colors or shapes). Some revisions at late stages of the project may not be possible without compromising the quality of the work or completely starting over, and major revisions can not be accommodated once the work has begun.  (Major as defined by changing just the torso of the pet to the whole body, adding an additional pet, etc.) I charge an additional $25 for any additional revision up to a total of five.  The completion date may need to be changed depending on the revisions, in which case you will be notified.  If you are not happy with something, please speak up and let me know sooner rather than later.

Communication:  You must respond to emails/texts regarding proofs and revisions in a timely manner (3 business days). If you have not responded within that time, I will send a follow-up email. If there is still no response, I reserve the right to postpone the project until I receive a response, which will delay the completion of the project.  Although the occurrences are rare, I also reserve the right to cancel the project if a failure to respond in a timely manner occurs multiple times in the course of the project that causes significant delays.  I will retain the artwork and the 50% deposit.

Privacy Policy:  I take your privacy seriously and will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to third parties.  I will only use your email address/phone number for the purpose of correspondence related to the project.  With your permission only, I will add your email address to my subscription list so that I can send you occasional newsletters; however, you can unsubscribe at anytime.

CANCELLATIONS:   Your satisfaction is my goal.  However, if you wish to cancel your commission, you must provide a request in writing.   If your order is cancelled before work begins or materials are purchased, I will return your deposit.  If it is cancelled after the work begins, I will keep the deposit and the art. 

COPYRIGHT: The artist retains all copyright of the produced artwork. You have permission to share the work publicly and display it for private use, but any reproduction of the work that will be used for profit or commercial uses is strictly prohibited unless approved by me in writing. Failing to do so is a crime and may result in legal action. 


Social media sharing and other public sharing of artwork are vital for marketing purposes of an artist. This includes, but is not limited to, artwork potentially being displayed on social media accounts, website, web and print advertisements and brochures, business documents and in the studio. You consent to completed work, as well as reference photos, being used for these purposes. 

If you do not want your commissioned artwork on social media for privacy reasons please inform me at the start of the project. 

I will agree to place a hold on sharing the artwork depending on your plans (i.e. gifts) until the agreed upon time.

When you share the work publicly, you agree to give me credit though clear and visible labeling, tagging or verbal acknowledgement. If you share it multiple times in one place, one initial credit is sufficient for remaining displays. (For example, if you post the art on Instagram multiple times, it is only necessary to tag me once in the first instance). 

MATERIALS:  I use professional, artist grade quality pastels/colored pencils for each pet portrait. The art should not fade or yellow under the proper conditions. Please be aware that pastels are like paint that never dries and can easily smudge.  If your art is damaged at any time after it is received, it is not my responsibility.  I will provide care instructions when I deliver or ship the art, and it is up to you to follow the recommended guidelines.

SHIPPING:  I will ship your commission directly to you with a tracking number and insurance. If you would like your artwork shipped to a different location please indicate that in your initial correspondence with me.  The artwork is shipped within 1-3 business days from completion and will be carefully packaged to prevent damage. I am not responsible for any damage during transit.  The insurance covers lost or damaged packages. To file an insurance claim, you can visit and register for an account online. You must have the item’s tracking or label number to start the process. 

TAXES/FEES:  Any taxes or other costs are soley your responsibility.

I have enjoyed drawing since childhood and was influenced by many artistic family members. I did well in high school art classes and wanted to be an art major in college. When my professor said that my style was too realistic and I wouldn't make it as an artist, I changed my major to special education. In hindsight, it was good advice as I have had a rewarding career teaching students with various disabilities for 29 years. In May 2016, I began drawing again when my husband gifted me with art lessons from the talented artist and coach, Bob Carter. Things have progressed since then, and my work has been shown in a variety of art exhibitions and venues throughout Tampa, Florida.

I enjoy creating detailed photo-realistic paintings. I choose a variety of themes that are relatable, and I draw the images in a way that resemble their appearance as closely as possible. Colored pencils are my favorite medium, but they are physically taxing and time consuming. I also use chalk and oil pastels, pastel pencils and markers to speed up the drawing process and reduce the physical strain. I enjoy the challenge of finding new combinations of materials and learning new techniques.

I hope my art inspires curiosity about the creative process and an appreciation for colored pencils and pastels.

Thank you for visiting!

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My work is always on display at Creative Junk Therapy in Brandon, Florida. See below for upcoming/past events:

  •  12/10/2022 10:00 AM - 12/11/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Florida State Fairgrounds

DECEMBER 10-11, 2022 FREE Admission! Parking is $10.00 By the Florida State Fairground - Cash or Credit ~ A Celebration of Life and the Human Spirit - 300 Booths! Live Music, Adult Beverages, Yummy Food, & FUN! Florida State Fairgrounds 4800 U.S. Highway 301 North Tampa, FL 33610 SAT 10 AM to 5 PM & SUN 10 AM to 4 PM *Tampa is a pet friendly event for well behaved furry friends and responsible caretakers.

  •  07/21/2022 04:00 PM - 07/20/2023 04:00 PM
  •   220 W Brandon Blvd #104, Brandon, FL 33511, USA

My work is on display and for sale at Revolution Ice Cream. They feature local artists in the Brandon area.

  •  07/20/2022 04:00 PM - 07/20/2023 04:00 PM
  •   772 W Lumsden Rd, Brandon, FL 33511

I'm pleased to announce that my art will be on consignment at Creative Junk Therapy. It is a non profit creative reuse center that offers a community space for people of all ages to learn and create. The center contains a wonderful thrift store of art supplies and other unique items, an art gallery, class spaces and a "Make N Take" space for inspired creations of recycled materials. Their website is if you are interested in seeing what they have to offer or if you'd like to take a class.

  •  08/01/2020 08:00 AM
  •   4632 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

Due to Covid-19 breakout we have taken our gallery virtual. Gallery images will be uploaded on the first Friday of every to our Instagram account discodolls_art. We have a revolving local art gallery with a new artist every month. Our goal is to give artists from all backgrounds a place to explore an idea, or have their first solo show, as well as see the community's reaction and interaction with their art. Anyone can be an art collector and the best way to do this is to buy what you like, and buy local art. Through our art gallery we hope to give artists a platform to show their work in a thoughtful manner and in a relaxed environment.

  •  05/03/2019 06:00 PM
  •   Tampa Covenant Church, 13320 Lake Magdalene Blvd. Tampa 33618

OPUS is a juried art exhibition in Tampa, Florida that is free both to show in and to attend. It is hosted at Tampa Covenant Church, in a unique industrial-modern space. The show features local artists from the greater Tampa area, with the intent of showcasing local artists while providing the opportunity for the community to experience fine art in the Carrolwood area.

  •  03/01/2019 06:00 AM
  •   4632 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

First Friday Art in the Heights is a monthly local art event, where art galleries, studios, and businesses in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida feature original art and open their doors (6 to 9 p.m.) to the community for a free showing. The solo exhibit will be at the Disco Dolls Studio on Friday, March 1st from 6pm-9pm.

  •  10/06/2018 10:00 AM
  •   1310 John Moore Rd Brandon, Fl ​33510

"The Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival (TBCAF) is the first craft coffee festival of its kind in the South East. With an astounding array of coffee roasters, artisans, vendors, and industry professaionals, TBCAF will inspire the brewing connoisseur in anyone. "

  •  08/02/2017 07:00 PM
  •   Various venues throughout Tampa and St. Petersburg

FRINGE Creatives was a community driven arts collective founded and run by Teri Navajo that hosted gallery-style art shows and outdoor markets throughout Tampa and St. Petersburg Florida...representing local artists and offering them a place to showcase their artwork.

  •  05/19/2017 07:00 PM
  •   Tampa Covenant Church, Lake Magdalene Blvd.

"OPUS is an art exhibition in Tampa, Florida that is free both to show in and free to attend....The exhibition is hosted at Tampa Covenant Church, in a unique industrial-modern space. The show features local artists from the greater Tampa area, with the intent of showcasing local artists while providing the opportunity for the community to experience fine art in the Carrollwood area of Tampa."

  • Michele Young - Tampa, FL, United States