Hi, I'm Jessica!

I capture the emotion and personality of your beloved furry companion through custom watercolor art.

My watercolor journey began under the careful tutelage of my talented aunt. I began painting pets as a teen, having been exposed to many wonderful pets and their owners through my mother's work as a veterinary technician. Since those early years, I've continued extensive self-study into the world of watercolor, and have had the privilege of working with over a dozen animal rescue organizations and a multitude of private portrait clients.

As I paint your custom portrait, I will keep you updated every step of the way. We'll work together to create a portrait that honors your special pet. Whether you have a lot of ideas for your portrait, or you simply want me to work my magic- your portrait will be brought to life with great skill and care. I can't wait to work with you to create the perfect portrait of your pet.

Features & Awards:

Past Portraits

Take a look!

"Jessica created a custom watercolor piece for me of my sweet pup that we will cherish for a lifetime. It was so great working with her to create the perfect picture just the way we wanted. I loved the progress pictures and artistic recommendations. I'm so happy we chose her for our puppy portrait."

-Shayla
Maltese Portrait

"Aquila Watercolor painted three dog portraits for me. All of the portraits came out beautifully. I am completely awed by Jessica's artistic talents and she was a pleasure to work with, providing progress photos along the way. I have no qualms whatsoever recommending Aquila Watercolor. I can assure you, you won't be disappointed."

-Lynn
Three Dog Portraits

Sizes & Prices

My daughter Eilie is excited to show you the three ready-to-hang sizes. Yep, no frame needed.

8x8 Inches
$297

Square. Cute. Instagram-worthy.

11x14 Inches
$597

Classic and classy.

16x20 Inches
$997

Bigger isn't always better, but in this case it is.

I also offer a 5x5 inch mini size portrait, painted on 1/4 inch thick hardboard panel (not cradled). It's a very popular option for $147.

The Materials

I paint with rich M Graham watercolors that stay vibrant when dry. Using honey as the binder in the paint, rather than synthetic polymers, means they don't have a smell, and they are easier for me to work with.

The best part? Your portrait will be painted on Ampersand Aquabord. This acid-free hardboard panel is mounted to a 2-inch deep cradled frame, will not warp, and is ready to hang as is or pop in a floater frame. You don't have to worry about handling fragile paper!

Finally, I seal every portrait with Dorland's wax medium. A translucent mixture of natural wax and resin, this thin layer will enrich the dark colors in your portrait while smoothing out the surface with a satiny finish. It also provides a protective barrier from moisture and dust. It's a human and planet friendly alternative to traditional spray-on varnishes.

Pricing Options

Every portrait includes:

● Choice of saturated or realistic colors
● Protective wax finish
● Tips for framing and care
● Recycled & recyclable packaging
● Free shipping within the continental US

5x5 INCHES

$147

*Note: This option is 1/4 inch thick and not cradled.

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8x8 INCHES

$297

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11x14 INCHES

$597

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16x20 INCHES

$997

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"Everything was perfect, great timing, great shipping, great care and communication, but most of all great talent! Jessica did a wonderful job, and I would highly recommend her."

-Matt
Portrait of Archie

"Working with Jessica was a pleasure, she kept me updated with progress photos every step of the way. The final portrait is beautiful and its recipient loved it."

-Xue
Portrait of Jethro

FAQs

How much do custom portraits cost?

Prices range from $147 for a 5x5 inch mini, to $997 for a 16x20 cradled panel portrait.


How long will my portrait take to complete?

Four to eight weeks. If it's going to take longer I'll email you.


Can I order more than one portrait?

Yes. You'll have to complete the checkout process separately for each portrait ordered. This is clumsy, I know, but it ensures I stay organized and understand your unique preferences for each portrait.


What kind of photos should I provide? How do I send them to you?

Close-up, well-lit, digital photos that clearly depict the eyes and face. If your photo selection is limited and you're not sure if it'll do, just ask :) I'm here to help.

After checkout you'll get an email all about your photo submission. Just reply to that with your photo attachment.


Can I get more than one pet in the same portrait?

If you have a clear photo with BOTH pets in it, I'd love to paint it. Email me before I go live with commissions to get all the details squared away.

Because the bulk of the painting time is focused on rendering accurate and beautiful faces, there is a price increase of 40%.


How do I tell you my portrait preferences?

You'll be able to tell me everything I'll need to know to get started during checkout.


Why can't I order a portrait right away?

In order to avoid a years-long waiting list, I've found it works best to open up a limited number of commissions for purchase about once per month. I send out two reminder emails before I make commissions available on my website. Sign up below and be ready! They sell out fast!


Have any other questions?

I'd love to help you out. Just email me at [email protected]

Pricing Options

Every portrait includes:

● Choice of saturated or realistic colors
● Protective wax finish
● Tips for framing and care
● Recycled & recyclable packaging
● Free shipping within the continental US

5x5 INCHES

$147

*Note: This option is 1/4 inch thick and not cradled.

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8x8 INCHES

$297

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11x14 INCHES

$597

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16x20 INCHES

$997

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