Sally Grist's Profile

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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 ‘pawtrait’, I have been taking on commissions from other pet owners ever since.

It wasn't long after I started painting pet portraits that I expanded my artistic portfolio to include designing and making all sorts of pet-related gifts as well. I'm passionate about creating from natural materials, and I always feel inspired by the walks I take with Barley, out in the countryside or down by the shore.... the patterns and the textures in nature are stunning, whether it be pebbles on a beach, or bark ridges on an ancient tree trunk... I love to see the colours and feel the textures. Hence, so many of my designs feature natural pebbles and woodgrain…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 20
  • Joined December 9, 2011

Favorite materials

Natural pebbles, rustic wood, jute, coir, hessian

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Exclooosive handcrafted gifts for pets and...

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 ‘pawtrait’, I have been taking on commissions from other pet owners ever since.

It wasn't long after I started painting pet portraits that I expanded my artistic portfolio to include designing and making all sorts of pet-related gifts as well. I'm passionate about creating from natural materials, and I always feel inspired by the walks I take with Barley, out in the countryside or down by the shore.... the patterns and the textures in nature are stunning, whether it be pebbles on a beach, or bark ridges on an ancient tree trunk... I love to see the colours and feel the textures. Hence, so many of my designs feature natural pebbles and woodgrain.

Coupled with my love of animals - and dogs in particular, I found my niche in creating nature-inspired gifts that were aimed at fellow pet-lovers, yet were exquisitely different, beautifully designed and handcrafted originals. All my items are created here in my studio in the UK. Where possible I use recycled timber off-cuts, paints with no harmful solvents or additives, and local businesses for my supplies. The result is that my brand has a truly eco-friendly value and an irresistible wet-nosed charm.

These days my full-time work is spent painting pet portraits, making handmade crafts for pet-lovers, exhibiting at dog shows and selling my products on Etsy. All in all, I consider myself to be very lucky to be one of those people who gets up in the morning and thinks “Well 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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