I am a pet portrait artist, working from my home in the Rhondda in South Wales.
With a passion for art starting from a young age, this continued through school, gaining me gcse's in both art and design and graphic design. This was then followed by me gaining my BTEC national diploma in art and design in college.
Growing up with horses and owning two wonderful horses of my own, it was to no surprise that they were always the main subject on my drawing table. With years of practise, my skills have grown over the years and continue to grow with every portrait I produce.
I work in coloured pencils for my portraits. I use Faber Castell polychromos and Caran Daché Pablo and Luminance pencils. These are of archival quality and lightfast, guaranteeing your portraits will never fade and will last you a lifetime!
I also offer portraits created in graphite pencil. For these, I use Faber Castell 9000 graphite pencils.
The paper I use is Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton, hot pressed, extra white paper, which is a thick, sturdy paper and also of archival quality!
I am always aiming to improve my skills with each portrait I create. Art is a big passion of mine and I take a lot of pride and pay careful attention to detail within every piece. I try to capture the character and full likeness of your beloved pet to the best of my ability.
To create the best portrait possible, I ask for you to send several of your best photographs of your chosen animal, so I can really get a good feel of how they look, how they hold themselves, their colouring, and any markings they may have. I do ask that the photos are of high quality and clear. If I can zoom in on the photo and see their coat with detail, then we have a really good photo to work from!
Before I start a portrait, I like to spend some time talking with you to make sure I draw exactly what you want. If you have photos with your pet wearing a collar, or a horse with tack on that you would rather be left out of the photo, that is totally fine and I am happy to make alterations. The same goes with any marks that your pet may have that you would like left out, or marks on the photo etc. I will then stay in contact throughout the drawing process, updating you with the progress of your portrait, with photos and any questions, I, or you, may have.
Commissioning a portrait of your very own couldn't be easier. Just contact me using my contact page and we can discuss what you would like me to create for you as well as letting you know what dates I have available to book you in.
I strongly reccommend booking well in advanced for special occasions as I can get very busy at times with a long waiting list.
I do ask for a small deposit of 25% to be paid in order to book your space in my diary. (Non refundable unless I am unable to fulfil your order on my fault)