Over the years I'd find myself taking on commissions now and then, but it wasn't until I was made redundant, in 2012, that I decided to throw myself into my art again and expand my client base beyond friends and family. Now, ten years on, I divide my time between painting original pieces and taking on private commissions, which are mostly pet portraits.
I enjoy the freedom of being able to paint creatively in between my more disciplined commission work. I get to paint a variety of subjects and mess around with different media and techniques, which means I am always learning and developing my creativity. By contrast, pet portrait commissions require complete focus and precision in order to capture the true likeness of a pet. I spend many hours on each portrait, especially when I'm using pastels or coloured pencils, as the technique for each requires building up layer upon layer of colour and detail. I always try to bring a little spark of life to a pet portrait, for it to be a pleasant reminder of happy times with a much loved companion. I am fortunate to have painted for clients from across the UK and as far afield as the US and Australia, and it's especially lovely when I get to meet people face to face. Most commissions are for pet portraits, although I'm just as happy to paint other subjects - so if you have a photo of a favourite beach or place and would like me to paint it, all you have to do is ask for a quote.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you haven't already seen examples of my work, follow this link to view my portfolio.