Q: How does Mimi create such beautiful mixed media fine art?

A: She begins her process in Photoshop with photographic reference material, then prints to archive quality canvas, then finishes with acrylic paint on canvas.

Q: How can I place an order for one of Mimi's paintings or commission a pet portrait?

A: Just email Mimi or call 303.823.0856 and tell us what you want.

Q: Do you accept credit and debit cards?

A: No. We've tried using credit cards, but there wasn't enough demand, so now we accept checks.

Q: What are your shipping costs?

A: After you place your order, we’ll let you know.  Shipping costs are based upon the size of the package and the distance to your location.

Q: How long does it take Mimi to create a painting?

A: There is no simple answer to this question. While her process is complex and time consuming, she is a very skilled painter.  The time it takes to complete a painting is largely a factor of the size, complexity of the commission, and whether it requires outsourcing large scale canvases for professional prinitng.  But that said, her smaller 12"x16" paintings rarely take her more than a week or two to complete once she starts a painting.

Q: Will I see an "approval proof" before I receive my final pet portrait?

A: Yes, before Mimi applies paint to canvas she will send you an image of the painting for your approval via email.

Q: What happens if I send you a photographic print?

A: If you send physical photographs, your pictures will be returned safely in the same condition in which they were received.

Q: What if I don't have a great photo of my pet to send you?

A: The better the photo, the better the painting. But, while Mimi prefers to work with only the best photographs that have great detail, she has been quite successful creating wonderful portraits from substandard images with less than perfect detail. That said, the better the detail in the original photo the more realistic the painting will be. (See the pet photography on the next page). Extra photos are also suggested as these can serve as a reference for coloring, close-up details, and personality.

Q: What if my photo was taken by a professional photographer?

A: If your photos were taken professionally, you will need to ask the photographer for copyright permission.

Q: Should I have my pet photographed professionally?

A: For some pets, a beautiful photograph capturing their best qualities is very easy, while for others it can be quite frustrating. While many might choose a professional pet photography studio for this reason, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to achieve nearly the same results yourself.


The mixed-media portrait paintings of pets by fine artist Mimi Elmore