Pet Portraits in Oil

Traditional oil portraits painted on linen canvas

Welcome to my pet portrait site ...


... My name is Bethaney Edge, and I'm an artist based in the United Kingdom with more than ten years of experience specializing in the portrayal of pets and animals.

I traditionally hand-paint detailed portraits of your pets straight from photographs, both good or bad quality, so that they can be remembered and treasured in a beautiful way.

I paint using the medium of oil colour straight onto a surface of professionally stretched and primed linen canvas, to create vibrant portraits that reflect you and your pet, as you can customize your commission down to the very last detail, or if you are not sure about what you want from a portrait, my opinions and guidance are always available.

If you would like to know more about me please feel free to visit the following page. About Me >>

What are oil paints?
Oil paints are made of coloured pigments ground into a medium of oil (such as linseed) and have a thick buttery consistency. They are very versatile and can be used creatively in different ways and on many surfaces, but they're usually applied straight onto a canvas surface in layers with a brush or a palette knife, and are often thinned with turpentine and linseed oil.

I use artists’ profesional oil paints which have a high-quality pigment content, and I use oils such as poppy and safflower to control the drying rates of each layer of my portraits. A completed painting can be varnished after six months for extra protection, and as an advantage can be framed or remain unframed. I paint the edges of the canvas so that my customers can choose whether or not to frame their portrait. You can read more about the way I paint i
n my information pages.  Information Pages >>

Why choose an oil painting?
Oil paints have many good qualities, such as their excellent depth of colour and their hardwearing properties. The smooth consistency is perfect for blending and creating depth in a painting, and the richness of the colours looks stunning when a finished portrait is hung on the wall.

After sketching out the initial outline of the subject, I like to paint each layer very smoothly onto a linen canvas, so that there isn’t much texture. I allow each layer to dry completely before I start a new layer, so that the depth of the portrait can develop and strenghten in colour. With each new layer shadows deepen and highlights shine, giving life to the portrait and the subject's features.

Navigation of this site is from above, and very easy and simple to use. You can browse the gallery to see other portraits that I have completed, along with reference photographs for comparison, step-by-step images to see how the painting developed and extra information. You can also take a look at information about what will happen if you wish to have a painting commissioned and what the next steps are. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further help or information, I will be happy to hear from you.  Contact Me Today >>

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