I can remember seeing Whistlejacket by Stubbs in The National Gallery, as a child, and from that moment I dreamed of painting and creating as a career. After my Degree and a couple of creative jobs later, I am proud to call myself a professional artist, specialising in fine art pet portraits, wildlife paintings and equestrian art. My paintings and drawings can be found on the walls of homes and businesses all over the Uk and overseas.
A particular highlight for me, as a dressage enthusiast, was when I had the opportunity to present my painting, which was a gift from worldwide members of the Classical Riding Club, to Sylvia Loch at the 21st Anniversary Dressage Convention. A wonderful DVD of the event which includes 5 international classical dressage trainers working with horses and riders from Novice Level through to Grand Prix can be found on The Classical Riding Club website.
It is fair to say that I am usually commissioned to create dog paintings and horse paintings, but I have also had the pleasure of painting and drawing a huge variety of feathered or furry pets..I am also happy to paint people, so do get in touch with any portrait requests - I love a challenge! You can view some of my animal art dog portraits, animal portraits and horse portraits here.
A pet portrait is the perfect way to showcase the importance of that special animal in your life, and they can also make wonderful gifts for a loved one. Some testimonials of my previous pet portrait work can be seen here.
Pastel pencil portraits always prove popular but I am very happy working in oil paints, and graphite pencils, and I also have produced many works in watercolour. If you have a preference for a particular media then I am happy to accommodate your preferred choice.
All of my pet portraits are created from client photographs. I am more than happy to help you choose a suitable photograph to base the final pose on, and I encourage the client to provide me with several reference photographs, and even video, so that I can get a real feel for the character of the animal and a better idea of accurate colouring. I always work closely with my clients and like to provide regular updates on the work in progress, so that any changes can be made at the earliest stage, should there be any. Of course, if you would prefer to wait for the surprise of your completed painting than I am happy with this arrangement.
It must be noted that great photos make great animal portraits so my tips on how to take fantastic photos for pet portraits can be found on my website.
I prefer to take one oil painting commission at a time which allows me to dedicate myself fully to each client. Portraits take many hours of work so you can expect a portrait painting to take between 6 - 8 weeks. A pastel portrait can take up to 4 weeks to complete. From September onwards I am usually at my busiest due to Christmas portrait commissions, so do not delay if you wish to give a Christmas portrait as a gift!
If you have left it a little too late to commission a painting or drawing, then I can offer Gift Vouchers for any amount, that can be redeemed towards a pet portrait. So all is not lost!
I am always creating something so do keep checking back to my website and to my shop for greetings cards and prints of my artwork. I offer personalised cards that you won't find on the high street like my Rugby Valentines Card or my Fox Portrait print. Make sure you don't miss anything by signing up to my newsletter and be the first to hear about discounts or offers.