Please explain your deposit policy.

With the time, effort and expense that goes into a painting and especially because it is something creative, it is very important to make sure we are committed to each other. 

Painting can be very exhilarating one minute and at the same time be very draining, as you're constantly concentrating on your subject matter and go through many intense cycles in this process. It's very easy for time to slip away and for a normal one pet portrait without any extra features; it will take me a better part of the week to complete it. 

I think it would be very unfair if I was not compensated for a portion of this effort and expenses, if it ever came to pass that a client refused the painting. That is why I have set this 50% nonrefundable policy. Fortunately, to date I have never had to enforce it.