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It was my little dog, Barley, who inspired me to paint again, after not picking up a brush for 25 years. She was such an adorable puppy and I discovered what a joy it is to paint a beloved ‘furry friend’. After completing that first pet portrait, I have been taking on commissions from other pet owners ever since.

My style is very much concerned with attention to detail, and I aim to achieve a photorealistic effect in my portraits. With no formal art training, I use my own unconventional approach of blending dry-brush oil paints with coloured pencils, to try to create vibrancy and depth in my work

I started selling commissions at local craft fairs and I quickly realised a gap in the market for crafts & gifts specifically for people who love their pets. Be it dogs, cats, horses, as a nation we love to indulge our passion for our furry…

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  • Born on January 20
  • Joined December 9, 2011

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About

It was my little dog, Barley, who inspired me to paint again, after not picking up a brush for 25 years. She was such an adorable puppy and I discovered what a joy it is to paint a beloved ‘furry friend’. After completing that first pet portrait, I have been taking on commissions from other pet owners ever since.

My style is very much concerned with attention to detail, and I aim to achieve a photorealistic effect in my portraits. With no formal art training, I use my own unconventional approach of blending dry-brush oil paints with coloured pencils, to try to create vibrancy and depth in my work

I started selling commissions at local craft fairs and I quickly realised a gap in the market for crafts & gifts specifically for people who love their pets. Be it dogs, cats, horses, as a nation we love to indulge our passion for our furry friends, and I had a wealth of creative ideas that could fill that niche. I’ve always collected funny slogans and sayings, particularly about dogs and cats, and if an expression makes me laugh, or moves me in some way, I decided to turn it into a handmade wall plaque, or a slogan T-shirt, or a bag, a mug, a bookmark… the possibilities are endless. So hence came my micro-brand ‘Wet Nosed (& furry) Friends’ - my unique line of crafts that runs alongside my artwork.

These days my full-time career is spent painting pet portraits, making handmade crafts for pet-lovers, selling at craft fairs, exhibiting at dog shows… all in all, I consider myself to be very lucky to be one of those people who can sometimes get up in the morning and think “It’s work, but it doesn’t feel like it”.

And all because one day I decided to paint a picture of my little dog, Barley….

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