Ask, and ye shall receive! I’ve been painting portraits of chickens for the past few years. You may have stumbled across prints of them in the chickens section of my Etsy store or on the cover of the San Diego Reader. Many of my collectors and fans have asked me to offer custom chicken portraits, in addition to my pet portraits, and my answer is, “Of course!” My chicken paintings are different than my animal portraits, in that I typically leave the background a solid white. Doing this highlights the beautiful variations of color, size and texture in each birds’ feathers. I can make your chicken wild and colorful or totally natural – it’s your choice! Please visit the Description tab below for more information about commissioning a custom portrait of your favorite feathery buddy!

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“Every time I stop to look at Robin’s portrait of Maple, my daughter’s Goldendoodle – and that’s often – I see something new. The spirited color palette and the many details – some subtle, others more prominent – give the work a spontaneity that bursts off the substrate. The iconography of my family’s shared life together – plumb blossoms, shadows of Dewi Ratih, honeybees – make the piece timeless. There are precious few things that bring equal pleasure to a precocious ten-year-old girl and her much older father. Robin has used her prodigious talent to gift us just that – a priceless piece of pure joy, mined from the vein of unabashed mirth that must surely occupy a large piece of real estate inside her own heart and head.” – Stretch Ledford, Illinois

My portraits are typically in acrylic paint on Gessobord (or similar) cradled panels. They are lightweight, easy to hang and need no frame. I use the highest quality paint, brushes and painting surfaces, and this quality is reflected in your artwork. I will paint your hen or rooster realistically or in wild colors. It’s your choice! However I paint, know that your portrait will be bright, bold, contemporary, and a major conversation piece.

The better the photo that you send to me of your bird, the better the painting. Here are some good rules of talon (haha) for best photo submissions:

    • The best photos are taken in bright sunlight, outdoors, like the stock photo samples you see here in this listing.
    • Please, no clothes or diapers on your feathery buddy.
    • Please, no photos of it being held in a way that hides its shape or face.
    • No photo filters, please. They make my job harder. This includes photos taken in “portrait mode”, which blurs the background.
    • Please do not edit or resize photos before sending them to me.
    • Pretty please do not send photos of your chicken taken from far away, of it running or flying, scampering, looking away from the camera . . .
    • I just need bright, clear, focused images. Again, please see this listings photo samples.

It can take me many moons (or not – depending on the length of my wait list – please ask) to complete your portrait, because my art is in demand and there are often times lots of other private commissions on my roster. If you want to give a portrait as a gift immediately, ask me about purchasing a chicken portrait gift certificate. People LOVE receiving RobiniArt gift certificates because they, the recipients, get to collaborate with me on the commission process themselves and have a more personalized involvement in the final portrait outcome. All you have to do is pay for it, and they do the rest!

I can possibly expedite your commission for an extra charge if it’s an emergency art situation.

Please read my customer testimonials to learn more about working with me, my processes and my work ethic. I typically post photos of the work in progress on my Facebook and Instagram pages unless the portrait is a surprise gift, so visit those accounts for behind-the-scenes photos. Call anytime to discuss a project at 512.963.4892. You can reach me via email at

IMPORTANT: There are absolutely NO RETURNS on custom orders or gift certificates, whether I’ve physically started your painting or not. I spend a lot of time with clients in the pre-painting phase with emails, phone calls, photo discussions, composition design, color conversations, graphic design for ideas, etc. That time is valuable to me, and I need to be paid for it. Besides, while we’re being honest, if you change your mind and want a refund after ordering, there is a 100% chance that I will have paid bills or done something wonderful and amazing for myself with your moolah and not be able to give it back to you anyway! Just sayin’ . . .

Please note that there are no refunds, exchanges or returns on custom portraits whether Robin Arthur (RobiniArt) has physically started painting your portrait or not. Robin Arthur reserves the right to reuse images of her original artwork and to create derivative works of art therefrom. By commissioning artwork from RobiniArt, customer expressly grants Robin Arthur d/b/a RobiniArt, a worldwide, non-exclusive license to use, publish, reproduce, and sell, any works based on images provided by customer, and agrees that consideration for such license has been received by customer in the form of a discount applied to the price paid by customer for their commissioned artwork.

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