When I have a Commission for a Pet Portrait it is usually requested through the love of the subject. It may be they are no longer with us, I am asked to paint puppies/ kittens which is to capture that piece of time. Mostly it is a keepsake, a thank you gift or just a lovely present.
When creating the artwork for pet portraits I use the eyes, I like to find the spirit of the subject my hope then is that this is reflected back when the picture is seen, the reaction when I hand over the art work is all I need to see to know if I have done a good job.
I paint in multi media and on a variety of textures from canvas, card and wood, I can adapt most surfaces to use so its always nice to paint something a little diferent.