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Policies and Ordering - Susan Harding Merancy, Artistic Pet Portraits

To Begin Your Order
Completing the Inquiry Form will help both of us to understand your expectations and to help you receive the best portrait possible. Please do not send the photographs until after I have replied by e-mail to your Inquiry Form. After we have discussed your portrait, then you may send me a selection of photographs via e-mail or U.S. mail. Then, when we have agreed upon the specifics of the portrait, I will request a 25% deposit to ensure the sincerity of the request. I will be very careful with your photographs and I will return all of them to you with your completed portrait. Before I begin the actual painting process I will e-mail you a rough sketch for your approval. My preference is to paint the portraits in pastel, as pastel seems to create a very realistic quality when rendering the animal's fur. I will, if you prefer, paint in charcoal or oil, and the mediums will be priced accordingly.

Approval of Completed Portrait
Upon completion of the portrait I will send a proof of the finished painting to you via e-mail. At that time , after receiving your approval of the portrait I will, upon the receipt of the balance, which will include the shipping charges, ship your portrait to you.

Shipping varies as it is dependent upon the zone in which you live. I use UPS and will insure each package. The shipping cost will be the actual cost only.

Suggested Sizes
My suggestion in selecting your portrait size is to choose an image size of at least 12" x 16" and preferable 16"x 20". If you are choosing a head only portrait one consideration in selecting the finished size of the portrait would be the actual life size of the pet's head.

The length of time to complete a portrait varies depending upon the background, size and the basic creative process. I will always try to accommodate your requests for special completion dates, as portraits are often purchased as gifts.

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US and Canadian Orders
At this time I am only able to accept commissions from customers in the United States and Canada.

Outline of Process

  1. Complete the Inquiry Form.
  2. Discuss via e-mail the specifics of the portrait.
  3. You will mail me the photographs plus a 25% deposit .
  4. I will e-mail you a rough sketch.
  5. Upon your approval of the sketch I will begin portrait.
  6. I will e-mail you a photo of the finished portrait for your approval.
  7. Upon receipt of the balance, including shipping , I will mail you the
    completed portrait and return any photographic references.
PRICES FOR FULL COLOR PASTELS   *Shipping not Included
  Head Only Full Body
11 x 14
$ 350
$ 500
12 x 16
$ 425
$ 575
16 x 20
$ 500
$ 650
Prices are for unframed portraits
Other sizes may be requested.
Also the other mediums of charcoal and oil are available.
Please note;
Backgrounds are an an additional charge of $50 - $200 depending on the intricacy of the detail and the size. Additional Subjects range from $100 - $250 depending on the size of the portrait.

I stand behind the quality of my work. When the final photo of the portrait is e-mailed to you for your approval I will happily make any needed adjustments

Each portrait is very personal for both the client and the artist. I, as the artist, will retain full reproduction copyright on each portrait. If a client wishes that I do not use it for publicity, I will respect their wishes.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me by e-mail at

Susan Harding Merancy

P.O. Box 4124 -- Queensbury, NY 12804

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