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

More than just a Portrait moment caught in time, I have always loved and been intrigued by how some portraits capture so much more than “just the looks” of a subject – but the personal character within. This challenge to find inner spirit has been the driving force behind my Pet and Child portraiture my whole life. I strive to find this defining spirit through pencils or paintbrushes –whether I am working in Graphite, Charcoal, Watercolors, Pen & Ink, or Oils.


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.  Prices subject to change in 2021.  


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

all sizes below 8×10″















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. These paintings are a blend of high detail and implied details for a painterly look.  From your photos and thoughtfully created in the studio.  Additional subjects 50% more.  Introductory paintings offered at:

10×8″  $1000+tax

14×11″  $1500 + tax

16×20″  $2000 + tax


An impressionistic Oil painting sketch is a painting that is created quickly  from direct observations. Bold, selective strokes of rich luminous oil paints are “sculpted” on the canvas to create an impression that captures the essence of a subject. 

 14×11” Premium quality artist’s canvas that has been prepared in advance for impressionistic Portrait Oil Painting. The Image area is closer to 12×9” to allow for future stretching or mounting on sturdy archival boards.  ($400 value)

  • Mounting/Stretching Service: After about one month of curing time, your painting will be ready to be professionally stretched (traditional wood stretchers) or mounted on an archival board with specialty glues.  $75+tax
  • Varnishing Service: After about six months of curing time, your Oil painting will be ready for professional varnishing.  A varnish protects your painting from airborne dirt as well as evening out the final surface appearance.  Choose mat, semi-gloss or a glossy finish.  $50 +tax

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












NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (artist’s are never content to do just one thing!!)

Impressionistic Renaissance inspired Oil Painting Sketches

These are my “Amy” series ~ originally created as thumbnails in exploration of creating an historic painting to honor the suffrage movement for the Ridgefield Portrait Project. These were so much fun that I would love to create some more!









STUDIO SPECIAL! NEW!  These impressionistic “little” oil paintings will be created through a technique of renaissance glazing that gives these little gems a unique look!  They are different than the  direct from life approach because a value painting is created first and then color is skillfully glazed on top to create a luminous renaissance effect.  These little gems will be painted “loosely” to keep the fresh impressionistic feel while capturing more specific details.  From your supplied photo references & created in the studio similar to the “Amy Series” paintings shown above.  About 2-3 weeks depending on studio volume.

The Canvas sheets will be sized larger to allow for future stretching or mounting (see services listed above).   Additional subjects or background same canvas 50% more. 

4 x 3 1/2”      $600  + tax  

6×4”               $700 + tax       
8×6”               $850  + tax

10×8”             $1000 + tax


These highly finished and detailed Oil Paintings are created from a combination of studio sittings (if possible) for accurate color in addition to photographs for referencing.







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

14×11            $5000

16 x 20″         $6000

18 x 24″         $7000

24 x 30″         $8000

24 x 36″         $9000

30 x 40″         $10,000


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!
  • Resolution: please be sure  your photos are at least 300dpi.  A photograph that is low quality does not provide the needed information. 

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, photography, framing 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 @$100/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!







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

 Signature Worthy Fine Art Giclee reproduction

14×11″ First Giclee $350 + tax; additional printings $150 + tax each.





















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