Pet Portraits are trending

-Commissioned work-

American Staffordshire Terrier
Oil Paint
Vanilla Ice
Red Ragdoll Cat
Oil paint
French Bulldog
Chihuahua mix
Acrylic Paint
Steve French
A Magnificent Mix
Acrylic Paint
Buster Brown
Quarter Horse
Acrylic Paint
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Acrylic Paint
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Acrylic Paint

Pet portraits 

Pencil portraits begin at $85 for a 5x7 or a 6x6 inches

Oil painting portraits begin at $100 for a 5x7 or a 6x6 inches

The price includes one dog, (head and shoulders), similar to what you see in Lola's portrait up to the left. As the size and/or complexity increases, the price increases as well. 


Non-portrait commissioned work begins at $75. As the size and/or complexity increases, the price increases as well. 

I accept commissions on a limited basis, depending on my work load and existing deadlines.

For questions or inquiries, either use the commission inquiry form below or use the contact info. 

Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. 

Studio (located in Jacksonville, Florida)


Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, by appointment

Saturday by appointment

Contact info:

(508) 737-8191

Commission Inquiry

Thank you for submitting!


Jamie Deffes

I have two paintings by Darlene Deffes. The first piece is a custom portrait of our beloved dog. Darlene was able to perfectly capture our dog's facial expression, body language, and color in great detail. This amazing, vivid, life-like painting of our sweet canine companion left my husband speechless. We are so thankful to Darlene for the gift of keeping our dog's memory alive long after he is gone. 

The second piece is a large abstract painting of a beautiful ocean wave and colorful skies. The blues and greens, texture, and brush strokes of the wave creates a sense of movement which contrasts with the serene pinks and purples of the skies. I can hear the wave as it begins to crash and feel the peace of the radiant skies. When I look at this painting, I'm reminded of balance and how energy and peace have equal power. I'm so impressed with Darlene's talent and her ability to open my mind to new ways of seeing the world through her art. 

Lisa Marousky

I fell in love with one of Darlene's paintings. Unfortunately, the size of the piece would not work in my house. Darlene told me that she could customize the artwork to my specifications. Throughout the whole process, from determining the size of the painting and ultimately the delivery of the artwork, Darlene was fantastic to work with. She gave helpful suggestions to assist me in determining the right size of the artwork. Once I chose the dimensions, Darlene provided an estimate promptly. After the contract was signed, Darlene completed artwork and finished well before the estimated delivery date. Darlene was absolutely wonderful to work with and the artwork she delivered to me is amazing and exactly what I wanted. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the experience working with Darlene was!

Brooke Lucas

I love my Muto (Darlene Deffes maiden name) art. It puts a smile on my face everyday. The happy colors and whimsical feel bring such a happy vibe to our barn and home.

Gail Bradstreet

The abstract painting Darlene did for my living-room is beautiful.

Matt Shelar

I commissioned a piece from Darlene a few years ago, she truly understood what I wanted and delivered a wonderful piece of art that I still cherish to this day

Carrie Carter

Darlene is an incredibly talented artist. The way she uses color and whimsy in her work generates a type of positive energy that emanates from her pieces. I cannot wait to see what she produces next.

Cathleena Mountcastle

Darlene is an amazing artist! I’ve watched her blossom and cultivate her skills over the course of at least a decade. She has grown to become a successful & wonderful artist. I’ve known her for over 20 years and she is a great person! She will work with you diligently and patiently throughout the artistic process. The portrait she painted of our recently deceased beloved furry friend actually made my husband cry on Christmas day. We will cherish that Painting for the rest of our lives. I would definitely recommend this professional artist to anyone that wants to learn how to paint or just needs a portrait of their furry friend, or a gift for someone else!

Karen labarbera

I wanted something for my dining room. I found Darlene's owl paintings and asked for 3 of them, all different. What could have been more cuter, colorful and perfect.

Celia Muto

Incredible attention to detail on my order with Darlene Deffes Art. The packaging was well done with vibrant tissue paper. These are well made quality cards. Darlene’s art is unique, beautiful and never ceases to bring a big smile to my face.

Elizabeth McCaddy

Darlene’s artwork is great! I a couple of her paintings and she painted a mural in my daughter’s room. She cares about her work. She puts a lot detail into her work.

Elaina Leonard

I’ve known Darlene for about 28 years and art has always been her passion! She is very meticulous with her pieces! I ordered the Christmas cards this year and was not disappointed!