Commission Pet Portrait by Ali Cantarella


Whether you are looking to dress up your social media avatar or commission a portrait of a friend or loved one, you can now commission a ShopColumbia artist to create a custom portrait for you in their distinct style. Choose from the various pet portrait options including: above the shoulders or full body.


  • Digital portrait only. Customers are welcome to print to print the portrait after completion.
  • Artist is able to create a pet portrait commission with the option of above the shoulder or full body animal.
  • Estimated production time frame: 5-7 days
  • Once a portrait is purchased, ShopColumbia staff will follow up to verify the commission details and request a photo or photos to provide the artists. Once completed, ShopColumbia will email the final portrait.
  • Please note that most artists are either in school or recent alumni and their availability may change at any time. If for any reason the artist is unable to complete the commission, ShopColumbia staff will refund the customer or suggest an alternate available artist.
  • If you are an academic department or business and are interested in having multiple portraits created of your staff, please email [email protected] for bulk commissions.

Artist Major: Illustration ’13

Artist Statement: Ali Cantarella is an illustration alumni who started creating pet portraits and animal caricatures for charitable fundraisers in partnership with organizations such as PAWSChicago, One Tail At A Time, AliveRescue, and more. Her love of live-art, animals, and making people smile through their pets, lead to an expanded career of pet portraits and digital caricatures that could be completed from any location. She works on the iPadPro via Procreate, turning any space— from a car to a campsite — into an office capable of creating the career she loves and the art that makes others happy.

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