I'm a self taught artist with no formal art training and only really began in earnest March 2018.
I Began by drawing my own dog, which was the first time I had used any colour in my artwork, and the first dog! He was drawn entirely freehand.
The only criteria in my own mind was to be able to honestly look at the finished piece and say "Yes thats him".
From this point, and owing to much encouragement from family and friends to do something with my art, I have now been taking a steady and increasing amount of commissions.
I love creating each one and become totally immersed in the process. Each one is personal!
I chose coloured pencil and later pastel as they offer a similar tactile feel to using graphite pencil but add the dimension of colour and greater sense of texture.
With my pet portraits I go to great lengths to capture that little spark that you can connect with.
All work is from reference photographs. Photographs or assistance can be given to capture the right sort of reference photo.