Custom Cat Paintings

Have you have ever considered having your cat's portrait painted as an English dandy, wearing a ruffled jabot and waistcoat...? Or does your feline possesses a flirtatious manner that might suit an 16th century courtesan...? Perhaps your furry friend strikes you as the adventurous explorer, or dashing aviator type? Might he be a sea caption? Or a crusader for the Knight's Templar?

Commission Cat Portraits Tara Fly Art

I specialize in anthropomorphic artwork of cats dressed in clothing, typically based upon characters from history or classic literature. Many of my paintings were originally private commissions and custom portraits of pets. You can view my Cat Art portfolio for examples of my work.
I genuinely look forward to meeting people who envision their cats as Caesars and Ciceros, kings and concubines, and I will seldom pass up the opportunity to add fresh feline faces to my cast of characters.

I am currently accepting commissions on a limited basis. You may contact me via E-mail, through Etsy, or Facebook (Etsy and Facebook require you to be signed in) and we can discuss your ideas.. as well as the deadline for completion.

Pricing for Acrylic Portraits

Unless otherwise noted, all portraits are painted in acrylics onto stretched canvas. Paintings are done in portrait (vertical) orientation by default, but landscape (horizontal) orientation is available on request. Square canvas (i.e. 5″x5″, 8″x8″) is also available upon request.  For sizes larger than 16″x20″, please e-mail me for a price quote.

(These prices are effective through December 2017)

  • 2.5″x3.5″ (6.35cm x 8.89cm) ACEO portrait: $60.00
  • 5″x7″ (12.7cm x 17.78cm) portrait: $200.00
  • 8″x10″ (20.32cm x 25.4cm) portrait: $400.00
  • 11″x14″ (27.94cm x 35.56cm) portrait: $600.00
  • 12″x16″ (30.48cm x 40.64cm) portrait: $700.00
  • 16″x20″ (40.64cm x 50.8cm) portrait: $1,000.00

A non-refundable 20% down-payment will be required to secure your deadline, and to offset the purchase of any supplies.  (You may make a larger deposit if you wish!) The remaining percentage will be due upon completion before I ship the painting. Alternately, you may pay in installments, bi-weekly or monthly.


There will be an additional charge for Priority shipping to the following addresses:

  • Domestic/US: (11″x14″ or smaller) $15.00, (12″x16″ or larger) $25.0O
  • Canada: (11″x14″ or smaller) $35.00, (12″x16″ or larger) $45.00
  • Mexico: (11″x14″ or smaller) $30.00, (12″x16″ or larger) $40.00
  • Europe: (11″x14″ or smaller) $50.00, (12″x16″ or larger) $60.00
  • Australia: (11″x14″ or smaller) $50.00, (12″x16″ or larger) $60.00

If your country is not listed, please contact me for a quote.
If you live in or near Western Maryland, or will be attending one of my shows, you may pick up your painting in person for free! ;)

How It Works

After receiving your cats’ photos via e-mail attachments, or through the mail, I will discuss all the details of your desired portrait with you.

I will e-mail a sketch of the piece to give you the opportunity to look over its design, and make any changes, before I begin work on the actual painting.

The length of time varies with each painting, but please be prepared for a 4-6 week turnaround for 8″x10″ and smaller portraits, and a 10-12 week turnaround for larger paintings (this does NOT including the shipping time).
**Please use that time-frame to place your order 2-3 months ahead of your actual deadline.**

If I am not currently working on another commissioned painting, I will make yours my top priority. It is very possible that I may get finished with plenty of time to spare, but it’s better to play safe…. especially around the holidays. ;)

I usually send a couple progress photos via e-mail during the process, and I might also share work-in-progress shots on Instagram or Facebook ~ unless you specify that it be kept a secret!! My fans do like to see what I’m working on. :)
You will most certainly receive images of the final painting prior to shipping, for your approval.

Once the painting is complete, has been approved, and payment in full has been received (including shipping), I will ship the painting to you via Priority Mail with tracking and insurance.

If for some reason it doesn’t meet with your approval in person, please let me know upon receipt, and I’ll accept it back for minor corrections. I do not accept refunds for completed/approved paintings, however I’ve never had anyone request one. I strive to make you happy with your commissioned portrait!

Copyrights & Commercial Useage

I retain copyrights to all my artwork, to sell prints of my work in my Etsy shop, as well as offline through art festivals and in gift-shops. If I couldn’t sell prints of my artwork, my commission prices would need to be much higher… as I explain in this blog post.

If you would like to license my work for commercial sale/use, please Contact Me ~ providing all necessary details (time frame, title of work, number of copies, venue, etc.) along with your request for a quote.

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