"Genista Pawtraits" is where you can find samples of my work which I mainly do for pleasure, family and friends. However, I have recently started taking commissions for Pastel Pet Portraits. I aim to create exquisite pastel pet portraits from your photographs that bring out the spirit, character and personality of your beloved and cherished other family member, with their unique personalites, cheeky grins, they make us laugh and smile and love us unconditionally. What would we do without them?

I am a pet owner and animal lover myself, and I understand how much pleasure and comfort an original pastel portrait can bring, either by celebrating an adored pet or remembering one we have sadly lost.

A commissioned pet portrait or gift voucher makes a unique birthday, Christmas, wedding or anniversary gift that will be treasured forever by the recipient.

I hand paint each portrait using photographs as a guide. I am not trying to make the painting look like the photograph but hopefully to enhance it to bring out your pets personality and character as a painting. Several photographs can be used to get the required pose and changes can be made to remove e.g. a hand, collar, "red eye" etc. It is important to use as clear a photograph as possible as a guide as the quality of the photograph will directly influence the detail of the painting.

I love to paint/draw, it is my refuge at times and a celebration at other times. I paint/draw in many styles/mediums as you will see over the coming months. Please take a look at all my pages on this blog.

For Available Artwork please take a look at my pages and/or my Website. Visit my "Prices/Sizes" page and"How To Commission A Portrait" for information.

Please leave a comment if you have time or maybe even become a follower, you are more than Welcome......

Hillary Rose - "Genista Pawtraits"

(The House Of Genista)


Thursday, 3 January 2013

"TIMAZINTI" in Pastels

A lovely Sheltie girl
Created on a rich sandy velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils
12" x 16"

Another of my Christmas commissions. Hope you like her.

My daughters bought me a new scanner for Christmas so I should be able to get some better quality images of my paintings very soon.

Warmest Wishes

Thursday, 27 December 2012

BAILEY - Pastel Portrait

12" x 16"
Pastel Portrait on a rich sandy velour paper created using pastels/pastel pencils for Christine.
 One of my Christmas commissions. Hope you like him.

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 24 September 2012

How To Commission A Pet Portrait

 I work from your photographs, so please send me some good quality photos by  email or post.

Please let me know which one best captures your pets personality. 
Ensure your pet's eyes are clearly visible as the eyes are very important to the portrait. For a head/shoulder portrait the face should fill most of the picture unless you have decided on a full body portrait of course. 

Ideally the photo should be taken at the pet’s eye level rather than looking down.This makes for a much better photograph.


When ordering your portrait here on my blog or webstore, you pay only 25% deposit

The balance is payable on completion/approval  of your portrait, and only if completely satisfied.

You can email me with your individual requirements and I will respond to your email within 24 hours OR check out my portrait sizes that are available to purchase here on my Blog or in my Webstore.

Email Address: thehouseofgenista@hotmail.com should you wish to email.

I am currently taking orders for completion in November, ready for Christmas so there is still time to order a pastel pet portrait for a Loved One for Chistmas 2012....

Warmest Wishes

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Miniature Pastel Pet Portraits

NEW - Miniature Pet Portraits - NEW

I have recently been asked about creating smaller/framed portraits, so now I have available, 3 new sizes:

Frame Size 7" x 5" (17cms x 12cms) suitable for 1 head study subject £40 complete with mount and frame (Painting Size 5" x 3")  + p/p £3.95

Frame Size 8" x 6" (20cms x 15cms) suitable for 1 head study subject £45 complete with mount and frame (Painting 6" x 4")   + p/p £3.95

Frame Size 10" x 8"(25cms x 20cms) suitable for 1 head study subject £50 complete with mount and frame (Painting 7" x 5")  + p/p £3.95

These make ideal bedside portraits or on a sideboard or shelf. They are only suitable for a single head portrait and come complete with white cardboard mount and black frame (as shown above) in the price.

 Postage/Packing is NOT included in the price.

My Miniature Pastel Pet Portraits make IDEAL Christmas Gifts for any pet lover to treasure forever.

For larger size portraits visit my Prices/Sizes page HERE

Warmest Wishes

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Give-A-Way Portraits

Colours of both portraits look a slightly different shade in the photos as were taken by my i phone so not very good quality I'm afraid.  Look much better in real life so to speak.

Visit Martha and Baileys Blog HERE

Martha and Baileys' pastel portrait was created on a lovely sandy colour pastel velour paper using pastels/pastel pencils. Size 11" x 14" when matted and framed. It has been framed in a textured photo frame in gold effect with a cream mount.

Visit Brians' Blog Here

Brians' pastel portrait was created on a lovely light grey pastel velour paper (not blue as looks in photos) using pastels/pastel pencils. Brains' eyes have been drawn open wider than in the photo. Size 11" x 14" when matted and framed, It has been framed in a textured photo frame in a silver effct with a white mount.
Update: Monday 3rd September
Both portraits are now on their way to their new homes.

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 6 August 2012

"TIMAZINTI" - Sheltie

"TIMAZINTI" - Sheltie
Original Pencil Portrait. Framed.
The copyright mark does not appear on the original
12" x 16"

Warmest Wishes

Winner Of Pastel Pet Portrait Give-A-Way

A BIG "Thank You" to everyone who entered my Pastel Pet Portrait Give-A-Way. All the names of entrants were put into a tub, the correct amount of times this morning and the winner was pulled out by "Connor" a 14 year old  animal lover.
I decided to have two winners, one from the dogs that were entered, and one from the cats that were entered so here are the winners as pulled out by Connor:

Dog Winner:  Martha & Bailey
Cat Winner: Brian 

I will be emailing both winners to request clear head study photographs of their beloved pets in order for me to create their pastel portrait and will be requesting permission  to add their photographs here on this post.

Thank you again to all who entered. Please look out for tomorrows post which will contain a Special Offer to everyone who entered my Give-A-Way.

Have a Lovely Day!

Warmest Wishes

Monday, 9 July 2012

Pastel Pet Portrait Blog Give-A-Way

I have recently started doing commissions for Pastel Pet Portraits as you have probably seen on previous posts. To celebrate my new venture I am having a blog Give-A-Way of a Pastel Pet Portrait. All you need to do to enter my Give-A-Way is become a follower of this blog and/or my Teddy Bear blog  HERE at "The House Of Genista" plus leave a comment on either one of my Give-A-Way posts telling me the name of your dog/cat, breed, colour etc and your email address so that I can contact the winner. Comments will not be published, they will be kept private and deleted after the draw has taken place. The winner will need to send me by email a very clear photograph of their pet to enable me to create the pastel portrait. The better quality the photo the better the portrait will be.

If you are already a follower of this blog and/or my Teddy Bear blog I will put your name in twice. If you become a follower of both I will put your name in two more times.

An example of one of my pastel portraits:

Copyright "Genistapawtraits" 2012. Please do not use my portraits without permission

If you put my Give-A-Way on your blog I will put your name in the draw for another chance also, but please let me know you have done so.

 Draw will take place on Monday 6th August

Comments that do not contain an email address I have published.

I hope you will all enter and I look forward to creating a Pastel Pet Portrait for the winner.

Warmest Wishes

Sunday, 1 July 2012


A cute French Bulldog in graphite pencil.

The light is not very good here and does not do the drawing justice. I will post better photographs as soon as possible.

Copyright "Genistapawtraits" 2012  Please do not use my portraits without permission

 Max framed and ready to go...

Warmest Wishes

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Lilly Finished

The last of my four pet portrait commissions is now finished
A Female West Highland Terrier
Pastel On Grey Velour Paper

I actually finished Lilly a little while ago but have been away with the caravan for a few weeks so am only just able to post her here. Hope you like her. Below you can see her in the wood frame to match the other three portraits.

Prints and Greeting Cards are available of this original HERE so please click on the link or click on Fine Art America slideshow in top right hand sidebar.

A print/greeting card of this original turned around with a Nostalgia digital backing added is also available HERE, as shown below.

Available  as  a print/greeting card

More pastel portraits coming soon.

Warmest Wishes