Pet Portraits and Equine Art

Each and every pastel portrait painting is as unique and individual as your beloved pet.

About Me

Passionate about animals, their protection and welfare, Alena is a self taught animal portrait artist. 

She enjoys a rare talent which allows her to convey in her drawings the subtle tete-a-tetes she holds with her animal subjects. This empathy allows her to translate onto paper and canvas the very soul of her subject.

The unusual connection she enjoys also allows her to work from photographic reference as an alternative to meeting the animals in a live context whenever thats not a possibility.

Alena works in soft pastels on paper which allows for fine detail and blending; although a return to oils and some adventures with watercolour continue to develop her artistic range.

Born in the West Country, Alena grew up on the island of Ibiza where she observed art and was taught under the direction of well known artist mentors that inspired her artistic creativity . Always surrounded by her pets, including lots of dogs ,cats, guinea-pigs and horses of her own it was no wonder that her love for animals would combine with her art and her innate talent sprouted. 

She headed East to Thailand in her thirties where she developed her flair for portraiture and also became heavily involved in animal conservation programmes with people committed to address welfare issues in a country which had little appetite for the protection and care for animals.

Alena now lives near Freshford in Somerset and is a full time mother and spends as much time as she can pursuing her chosen passions which is topped by animal and people portraiture.


Each and every portrait is as individual as your own precious pet.

Commissioning your portrait couldn't be easier. Prices start from £320 depending on the size, detail and complexity of the piece. Please get in touch with me with what you would like and I am more than happy to send you a quote based on your individual requirements. My work is created by using only the highest quality pastel pencils including Faber Castell, Caran D' Ache and Stabile Carbothello .Soft pastels  including Unison, Schmincke and Sennelier to name but a few all on Clairfontaine Pastel Mat surface which is non yellowing and archival.

Once I have received your chosen reference material then I can give you a more accurate cost based on your individual requirements for your painting.

A small deposit of 25% is required once your portrait slot has been booked with the balance paid only once you are 100% happy with your finished piece. 

Please feel free to message me and I will be more than happy to help.


Postage may vary depending on the size of your portrait. I use a reputable courier service and all portraits are bubble wrapped and packaged in strong cardboard to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition. Courier prices start from £12.00 depending on the size.

I ship worldwide.


Once I have received your chosen reference material, a more accurate cost and size of your commission can be provided. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to help.

Give me a call 07484122444

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Copyright Statement. 

All images are copyrighted © by Alena Bissinger. The use of any image from this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from the artist is obtained. Copyright Notice.

Contact Me

Get in Touch!

If you would like to discuss your portrait requirements and book a commission slot please do not hesitate to get touch.


Phone: 07484122444

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Send your 25% deposit to secure your commission .


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card


Paul, Ibiza.

"Alena's first ever pastel drawing won first prize for a leading magazine, since then her work as a Pet Portraits and Equine Artist has developed unbelievably. 

My favourite is 'Chloe' the Podenco hound seen on the header of her web site. Chloe's eyes mesmerise.

Told by a mentor/tutor some years ago that she needed to 'get inside' the animal and paint it from that perspective, it is done - all her works have as their jewel, those fascinating eyes. They also plainly reveal her love of all animals; she is that lovely person.

Without reserve I commend her to you."

Carole, Uk

"The picture was amazing she is brilliant would buy again"


Lynn, Uk

"A very talented artist who captures the essence of the animal she is painting. I have a painting of my horse and Alena has managed to bring him to life on canvas. Amazing!"


Copyright Notice

All images are copyrighted © by Alena Bissinger The use of any image from this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from the artist is obtained.