Your Custom Art Piece

Claire Benz

I am a freelance artist who specializes in creating custom pet and home portraits that will capture the personal style of the place you call home and the four legged loves that complete your family. Your personal and unique art piece will be created as I work from photographs of your choosing. This custom work is a one of a kind gift for a housewarming, anniversary, birthday, or just for you. Whether it is a beloved pet, childhood home, or your current house, this custom art work will preserve your memories in a treasured keepsake.

Ordering your custom artwork is easy!


1. Send or upload a clear, detailed, photo of your pet or home. This photo should be of your preferred angle for the completed portrait. If you are unsure of the angle, take a few pictures and send them to me. I would be happy to help you select the most pleasing view. Additional pictures showing special details to personalize the portrait are encouraged. The more detailed pictures I receive, the better the finished product!  Please indicate details that you want added, deleted or enhanced on the Contact Page Message block. Do not worry – I’m happy to work with you in making any updates to the subject or background.
2. Choose between the mediums of Black Ink, or Colored Pencil. All mediums will be acid free and of archival quality.
3. Choose the size of the finished portrait. Please see my FAQ page for precise measurements of your completed art piece.
4. When the portrait is complete, I will notify you, mat and package the finished piece, and email the USPS tracking number to you.


All portraits will be rendered on acid free 70-110 lb. Bristol board (White) or Watercolor cold press 140 lb. professional paper (Ivory). Inks and Pencils are of fade-resistant archival quality. All portraits will be matted with an acid free mat in black, bright white or ivory with a white core. Mat choice color is chosen to complement the finished piece. Matted illustrations will be shipped in a protective clear acetate envelope within a rigid mailer.

Pen and Ink

  • Size (Dimensions of Portrait) & Price
  • 5” x 7” ($75)
  • 8” x 10” ($100)
  • 11” x 14” ($150)
  • 16” x 20” ($300)

Colored Pencil

  • Size (Dimensions of Portrait) & Price
  • 5” x 7” ($85)
  • 8” x 10” ($125)
  • 11” x 14” ($200)
  • 16” x 20” ($400)

Gift Certificates are available for any denomination and can be ordered through the Order Portrait Form. After payment is made, a gift certificate will be sent to the recipient or purchaser if you prefer.


Testimonial 5

"Claire is so accommodating and so talented.  I just love my portrait!"  Denver, CO

Testimonial 4

"We are so pleased at how the drawing of our home turned out! Right down to the detail of our hanging baskets. It will be treasured for many years to come and our children will enjoy it as the house in which they were raised with so many memories." Glen Ellyn, IL

Testimonial 3

"OMG!!!! I literally gasped when I saw Archie's portrait!! I love it!!" Woodridge, IL

Testimonial 2

"Amazing drawing! I couldn't believe how much detail was included from just one picture. It looks exactly like our house and I am so excited to have this as a reminder of the home we raised our three children in. This would be an absolutely wonderful gift for anyone - so unique and personal!" Wheaton, IL

Testimonials 1

"I received my home portrait as a gift and I was surprised and thrilled. The portrait was an exact likeness and will always be such a nice remembrance of our home for years to come….. such a heartfelt and personal gift.” Itasca, IL

Order Portrait Form


What type of shipping is offered?

I will ship matted portraits to your address via the United States Post Office.  Delivery times will be dependent on them, although the average time is 3 – 5 days.  If you need your portrait sooner, please let me know and I can check out the cost of expedited shipping for you.  If you are an international customer, please e-mail me and I can check into the shipping costs.

How long will it take to complete my portrait?

The turnaround time depends upon my schedule of commissions and the size of the portrait.  After placing your order for your portrait, it will normally take 1 week for the portrait to be completed and ready to ship.   For more exact scheduled dates, please e-mail me.  If you are in a rush situation, consider having a gift certificate for a portrait sent.

How do I send my photos to you?

On the Order Portrait Form, please click on the button(s) to upload photos.  Photos can also be sent to me via e-mail.   I encourage you to attach additional jpeg photos which capture details you would like included.  The clearer the picture, the more detailed the drawing will be.  If you have many photos and are not sure which angle to choose, feel free to send them all and I will review them and pick the one which will provide the best artistically pleasing result.

Can I choose to submit photos via standard mail?

This is completely fine.  I will make sure the original photos are returned to you after completing your custom portrait.

My pictures have red eye/telephone lines/ window air conditioner/etc that I would like to not see in the portrait.  Can this be done?

Absolutely!  I will apply any minor touch up that is not visually appealing at your request.  By the same token, if there is something that is definitely memorable to you that you’d like included (ie: basketball hoop, pet tags), please let me know that as well.

My photo was taken during the Winter and I’d prefer to see a different season.  Can you make this change?

Yes.  Changing the season can be done but requires a bit more work.  The cost for this ranges from $20-$40 depending upon the scope of the change.  I will provide the additional cost to you upfront.

What are the sizes of the portraits after they are matted?

Please see dimensions below.

5” x 7” portrait paired with an 8” x 10” mat (outside dimensions) Actual drawing size 4.5” x 6.5” approximate.

8” x 10” portrait paired with an 11” x 14” mat (outside dimensions) Actual drawing size 7.5” x 9.5” approximate

11” x 14” portrait paired with a 16” x 20” mat (outside dimensions) Actual drawing size 10.5” x 13.5” approximate

Are the drawings completed by one of multiple artists?

No.  I am the sole owner and artist completing the custom drawings.

Can I order multiple copies of a completed  portrait, or request more than one finished drawing?

Certainly.   Just email me with this request.  Please understand that each drawing is completed as an original work and prices will reflect separate works.

My artwork was damaged during shipping.

Please contact me if this should occur.  I will be happy to replace your damaged artwork.  I do not require damaged items to be returned, however, I would ask that you provide photos of the damage so that I can handle the claims process with the postal carrier.

Do you offer Gift Certificates?

Yes! You can order a gift certificate for any denomination on the Order Portrait Form. A professional gift certificate will be sent to the recipient along with redemption instructions. Shipping will be charged at the time the gift certificate is purchased. This fee will cover the full delivery cost of the finished portrait to the recipient.

Can I have my portrait sent to a different address?

Yes.  Just please provide the address to me.

Do you offer Veterinarian/Realtor discounts?

I do. Please contact me if you are interested in a volume discount.


Need Support? Claire Benz Phone: 630-670-3220

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