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About Me

I’m Amy, a pet portrait artist originally from Surrey, now living in picturesque West Yorkshire with my husband, daughter and two border terriers.


I taught myself to draw from a young age, and being horse and pony mad, I meticulously studied their anatomical form and drew them over and over again!
Becoming a professional pet portrait artist combines my passion for animals and art, along with a huge sense of satisfaction in seeing my customer’s reactions. I want people to view my work and and feel the same emotional impact they get when they see their loved ones in person. To evoke that same feeling of love tells me I have accomplished my goal as an artist.


After years of practise, I am able to share my passion professionally capturing the unique personalities of pets all over the world.

If you are thinking of having your pet commissioned, I would love to hear from you.


Summer 2022
Art Retreat Mini Breaks in West Yorkshire

With the help of some fabulous businesses local to me, I have created a wonderful package for you and a friend to enjoy a mini break here in the beautiful county of West Yorkshire, in my home village of Haworth.

Your break will include a two night stay in the very charming Lottie Cottage in Haworth with a breakfast hamper upon arrival, relaxation treatments at The Relax Room Haworth, scrummy dining at Cobbles and Clay and a personalised art tutorial for you and a friend, all in the heart of Haworth, home of the famous Brönte family.

The total price based on two people sharing is £600

Arrival: Wednesday 20th July
Checkout: Friday 22nd July

Bring your walking boots and explore our breathtaking countryside, take a trip on a steam train or enjoy browsing our wonderful selection of independent shops, cafes, bars and a must see, the Brönte parsonage museum.

More dates to be announced for later this year soon.

Take a look at the gallary below. 

Book A Portrait


In order to book a commission, I take a 50% deposit, simply fill out the ‘contact me’ form below so we can discuss your portrait. 

Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable unless an unlikely event prevents me from doing your piece. The balance will be due on completion.

At the time of booking, I will give you an approximate timescale of when you can expect your portrait. Nearer the time I will give you an accurate start date. From the date of the booking to your expected start date it is worth trying to get some good portraits (see photography tips below).

Please note that in order to do a piece justice I can only work from good quality photos and reserve the right to turn down anything I do not deem suitable.

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Artwork Size
Suitable for:Price
$ & € prices include shipping
10" x 12"Single head and shoulder portrait for one subject£325/$470 USD €420
14" x 20"Single or double head and shoulder pet portrait
Single full body pet portrait
£425/$660 USD €570
20" x 28"Two full body portraits or three head and shoulder pet portraits£775/$1125 USD €990

Gift Vouchers now available, please contact me on the contact form below for more information.

Amy McKimm Gift Vouchers

Photo Tips

  • It is best to use a camera as opposed to a mobile phone camera. (Camera phones are ok if it is one of a high spec).
  • Take photos of your animal outside in a natural light.
  • Try to get on your pets level (eye level) and make sure that the picture is fully in focus and there isn’t a ‘flash’ in their eyes.
  • Make sure you send the photos in their original format (don’t crop or edit the photos) as this can decrease the size and resolution of the image.
  • Send the images as an attachment

Ultimately the decision is yours on what pose / look you want from your animal as you know that certain personality they have and what portrays them best!

Below are some good examples, click on the image for a full sized version.

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