Welcome to my Portrait page!  You’re in for a real treat! Pet Portraits are listed first and Child/Adult portraiture farther below!


Commissioning your Pet’s portrait will be a rewarding experience that will give you or someone you love a lifetime of cherished memories!  Even more rewarding is becoming a part of the experience ~ from choosing your pet’s best expression to sharing their personality traits, you are infusing a piece of their spirit into the final work.  If it won’t ruin your surprise, ShawnaLee will share updates via her artist’s facebook page so that you can follow along as the portrait comes to life!  This is an exciting part of sharing the artistic journey together!

Before we begin, let me share with you a little of the process of portraiture! As you see below, there are many steps involved! This lovely watercolor painting of Chrissy & Kasey started off as a Pen & Ink drawing and ended as a very delicately nuanced painting!  Many layers of fur and details were added. The result brings them to life! It helps to have several of your pet’s best photographs to reference during the process – especially ones that reflect accurate colors!

To Order Your Pet’s Portrait:  

  • Send your ideas &  pet’s best photographs to ShawnaLee at:
  • Choose the size & media that best suit your needs! Not sure? Visit my Media page to take a look at what the differences are! I am happy to help you!
  • Your Portrait begins after we are agreed on what you would like*** and a 1/3 to 1/2 non-refundable deposit is received.  The balance is due when you are thrilled with your portrait!  Send deposit & signed contract form to:  ShawnaLee Kwashnak 59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury CT 06762

         ***See bottom of page for policy.

What happens next?

  • You’re Portrait begins and you receive updates!  As long as it does not interfere with any surprise gifting, ShawnaLee will often post updates on her artist’s facebook page! Be sure to “like”  Portraits by ShawnaLee!
  • When the portrait is finished, you will receive a photograph via email for your approval!
  • When you love your pet’s portrait, arrangements for the balance and pick up are made.  Shipping is available for an additional fee.

How long will it take?

Depending on Studio position and volume, most dry media takes about two weeks from start to finish from the time all references are received and agreed upon.   Oil paintings can take anywhere from 3 weeks for very small to several months for much larger ones.



These examples above are the most popular portraits that are ordered  from my studio.  If you are looking for something different, or perhaps you’d like several of your pets drawn or painted together, please email me for a custom quote.

Every Pet Portrait is created entirely by hand in the timeless way using quality artist materials so that you and your family will enjoy your portrait for years to come!



DRAWINGS:  Charcoal or Graphite:  Cats, Dogs or Horses


One Subject Vignette













A La Carte Soft Pastel or custom background additional 20%.  Additional Pet subjects in the same portrait are 50% more.   For combining a Person with a Pet, prices follow Child Portrait fees below.  Your portrait Drawing comes with a complimentary neutral mat in a protective sleeve ready for your frame!  Fees are pretax.  Photography is additional fee.


PAINTINGS:  Oils, Acrylics, or Watercolors: Dogs, Cats or Horses

Watercolor paintings come with a complimentary neutral mat in a protective sleeve.   Fees are pretax.  Additional subjects 50% more.


One Subject Vignette

5×6” or smaller















Charcoal Child Portraits:

Highly detailed and finished Charcoals that capture the essence of your child!  These portraits may be created on white, neutral gray or warm art papers. 

Fees are pretax.  These fees are for Vignettes only.  Full figure or addition of torso/hands is 50% more.  Portraits are created from your supplied photographs along with photographers copyright release. 

One Child:

14×11  $600

  20×16″ $1000

Two Children (or one person and one pet):

14×11″  $900

16×20″  $1500

24×30″  $2500

Three Children (or one person and two pets):

16×20″  $2500

24×30″  $4000

Gunthers with Grandchildren extra contrast

The Vintage Wedding:

Charcoal on toned art paper of Bernice and Joseph Melita M. Bridgeport. Known as Bonny & Joe.

The Vintage Wedding: From your supplied references. Your Charcoal portrait is sure to be a conversation piece that will become a family treasure to be handed down for generations!

16×20″  starting at: $2000 + tax.

18×24″ starting at:  $2,500 + tax.

24×30″ starting at: $3000 + tax.











ANTIQUED Monochromatic Profile Oil Painting with just a touch of accent color. From your photos.  Additional subjects 50% more.  Introductory paintings offered at:

10×8″  $1000+tax

14×11″  $1500 + tax

16×20″  $2000 + tax

Limited time introductory offer!  ShawnaLee’s art studio is offering:

child Portrait Sittings!   

These Oil Painting SKETCHES provide a unique opportunity for your child to experience the joy of being a portrait subject and collecting their very own Oil Painting!  Please don’t expect these delightful paintings to look like photographs!  They WON’T and that is the rich advantage of fine arts portraiture!  They are hand painted from the artist’s impressions of your child from life! 

These example oil sketches (left) are of the artist’s daughter and because of her familiarity with her subject, these were approximately 30 minute to one hour sittings.  Below, here is an example of the artist trying to capture some subjects during a very active karate class:













Introductory fees:  Each painting is thoughtfully hand painted from the artist’s impressions of your subject using professional level oils on primed canvas or linen cloth that has been hand prepared for portraiture painting.

up to 11×14*” & up to one hour: $400+ tax

Stretching services:  One month after the painting has been created: $50

Varnishing services: One year after the painting has been worked on. $50

*The size of the canvas may vary and may be slightly larger to allow for impressions to evolve in a short amount of time and also for providing room for stretching. 

Above: Thomas flipping through a book.  About a One hour example of an Oil Painting Sketch of a familiar subject to the artist.






























Studio Portraits of frontal or 3/4 visage vignette from your photos & from life studies (for accurate colors). Additional subjects 50% more. 

14×11            $4000

16 x 20″         $5000

18 x 24″         $6000

24 x 30″         $7000

24 x 36″         $8000

30 x 40″         $9000


Important information:

For Pet/Horse Portraits: Please provide ShawnaLee at least three of your favorite photographs – of the highest quality possible –  along with your ideas of what you would like!   Please include a few words about the subject such as name and personality traits as this is valuable information for the artist as she works.   Before beginning, ShawnaLee will give you recommendations along with a fee quote specific to your needs.  Your portrait begins once a deposit has been received.

For Home Portraits: Please provide ShawnaLee with several photos of the home from your desired point of reference.   Supporting photos will show details not easily seen from the main reference such as the front entry, special features, and landscaping. Of Utmost importance, please provide accurate color information.

For Children or Adults:   The best portraits are created with a combination of live sketch studies, photography and your valuable insights.  When this is not possible, ShawnaLee is still able to create a quality portrait for you through the use of several photographic references.


Regarding photographs:

  • Professional Photographer’s photos: If you provide a photo from a professional photographer, ShawnaLee will need a copyright release in writing in order to reference the photo. Thank you for respecting artist’s copyright laws!
  • Limited Photos available: If you only have a limited # of photographs available, please supply the artist with as many as possible so that she can familiarize herself with the subject.
  • Taking subject photos for your portrait: Choose evening hours when the lighting is soft; If indoors, please take photo near a window without a flash. Be sure the light falls onto the face of your subject (not from behind!).  Get on eye level with your subject.  Please look for clear eye details & your favorite expressions!

Regarding your portrait: POLICIES 2019

  • Portrait Commitment: Once ShawnaLee understand your needs & has the photographic references, a  deposit and signed contract form,  is required to begin your portrait.   Fees do not include taxes or shipping&handling or travel if necessary.
  • Your Satisfaction: Full payment is due upon your approval of the final portrait. Portraits under $500 require a 50% deposit and Portraits over $500 will be billed in three installments.  The artist will post a photo of the original art on her artist’s facebook page or email it directly to you for your approval.  Your valuable feedback is an important part of the portrait process and up to two minor adjustments will be gladly made to your specifications. Additional adjustments will be made for an additional @$50/hr.  If you have additional photos found please send them along for referencing—  However, if you change your mind and wish for a new Portrait created from a different pose than originally agreed to a new contract & deposit will be needed to proceed.   ***Changes in reference materials after work has begun constitute a new portrait agreement. Deposits are non-refundable and may not be applied towards another portrait.  
  • Timing may vary from 2 weeks to several months, so please plan in advance if you have a special deadline in mind.  ShawnaLee will let you know when she is beginning your piece and keep you posted to the progress.    Gift Certificates are available.
  • Pick up or Delivery: You may choose to pick up your portrait at the studio, or it may be shipped to you via Priority mail for an additional fee.

Artwork by ShawnaLee

  • All sketches or drawings are Certified to be hand-drawn on professional quality art paper with a complimentary mat, packaged in a protective sheet.  All materials used are acid free.  You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity starting in June 2019.  Anyone with a work of art created by ShawnaLee prior to June 2019 may request a Certificate of Authenticity for their work (small office recording fee $10).
  • Paintings are hand painted (no computer printing!)** on quality stretched canvas/linen in your choice of oils or acrylics.  Prices are for single subjects with neutral /soft backgrounds.  Full body portraits require an estimate.
  • Additional subjects, sizes, or detailed backgrounds are available; please inquire.
  • *Plus CT State Tax.  Photography, live sittings, travel and framing not included.  Fees listed are approximate and are subject to change. 

**NO COMPUTER PRINTING!  I mention this as I have become aware of several online portrait venues that claim that they hand-paint their portraits. Please be aware that these companies may ONLY be adding paint to photo-shopped and printed works OR creating a “painting” through the use of electronic means and printing your finished piece and THEN dabbing a little paint on top. Please be an informed art investor and ask how your work will be created and what materials will be used. There is a HUGE difference between hand rendered and printed art!!!!!  All artwork by ShawnaLee is done entirely by hand on, and with, actual artist materials and created with expert skills that only come from a lifetime of dedication to the arts.

I Certify on my honor that I create my art work the old fashioned way – by hand in the timeless way with authentic artist materials!  Come watch a demonstration and see for yourself, or take an art class with me!






PRINTS~ By arrangement with the artist due to availability of the original work(s) of art.

First Printing Additional Prints
11×14 Signature Worthy



Fine Art Giclee ~ hand signed by Artist

$350 + tax $150 + tax



Fine Art Photo

$150 +tax $150 + tax

ShawnaLee Kwashnak     59 Bioski Rd.,     Middlebury CT 06762    203 598-0065