Pet Portraits Portfolio

A selection of my recent pet portraits and animal art projects can be seen below.
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Dog portrait of the week has been this majestic Alaskan Malamute against a soft snow background. For this dog portrait project I used a combination of drawing and painting techniques, using watercolour pencils to form a foundation for the dog and to create the soft blurred...

Beautiful Golden Retriever, Hera is much a missed and fondly remembered dog. Her legacy lives on in her offspring and I'm honored to have been asked to preserve her memory with this pet portrait. The reference photo chosen for this hand drawn portrait shows Hera when she...

I've been looking forward to working on this Jack Russell Terrier portrait for some time. Such a cheerful, cheeky character with a huge personality, real sense of humour and a mischievous glint in his eye. When choosing reference photos to work from I'm always looking for a...

The portrait of this handsome dog was commissioned as a birthday surprise. I really enjoyed working on this pet portrait. The soft grey-blue background gently contrasts with the golden reds and coppery oranges in the stunning Hungarian Viszla coat. Watercolour pencils were used to create an under-painted...

Summing up the spirit of Bernese Mountain Dogs so perfectly, this pet portrait features mother and daughter Carla and Zavannah 'Dashing Through the Snow' - Just add glitter for the perfect Bernese Christmas card...

[caption id="attachment_17329" align="alignleft" width="400"] Pet Portrait of Golden Retriever Dog, Honey[/caption] Portrait of pet dog, Honey, a beautiful Golden Retriever. Dogs make such wonderful pet portrait subjects, their expressive eyes reveal gentle souls, playful characters and caring companionship. They seem to communicate and speak volumes without uttering a...

This pet portrait of Bernese Mountain Dog Baron is based on a photo, taken by his owner, that I've been looking forward to working from for some time. I love the energy and zest for life that was captured in this photo and enjoyed the artistic challenge...

This Gordon Setter dog portrait is drawn on heavy weight black cartridge paper using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils. I love the way that this handsome and regal looking black and tan dog is lit against a black background and originally worked on this...

Dog Portrait of the day, Bernese Mountain Dog, Baron. Ever since my first attempt at finger painting with oil paints earlier this year I have planned to revisit both this reference photo and this technique, applying lessons learned during my first 'finger-painting-play-day'. Yesterday felt like a...

Pet Portrait of the Week: Golden Retriever, Monti. Based on a reference photo taken by his owner, this handsome dog is enjoying a moment of meditation, inhaling the frosty air under softly falling snow. What a wonderful image of a much loved pet to capture and preserve in...

Bernese Mountain Dog, Bella, is the pet portrait subject on my easel this week. Bella's portrait was commissioned as a surprise birthday gift. Her cheerful expression has been a real tonic in the studio and although I had a couple of superb alternative photos to work from while...

Pet portrait of the week is pretty Bernese Mountain Dog Lily, although technically she was on the easel last week. This week I've been away from the studio and enjoying a few days at the seaside with my own Bernese 'Bears'. Lily was drawn on natural Pastemat using...

Pet Portrait of the Week is Boris, an Irish Water Spaniel. Boris is the first really curly coated dog I've been commissioned to draw or paint and getting to grips with his coat has been a real learning curve. Rather than Liver, like a Springer...

Boxer dog Jack is fondly remembered and greatly missed. This handsome Boxer boy sadly lost his battle with cancer at a very young age. Earlier this year I offered a pet portrait, to be drawn or painted from photos, as a prize in a charity auction held by Zoe's Journey...

Bernese Mountain Dog Blue is a sweet, handsome, mellow boy who was home-bred and named Blue Northern after a winter storm in the western US. At eight and a half years old Blue's health isn't as robust as it once was, but this dream of...

Beautiful Golden Retriever, Eve, gained her wings shortly before she would have celebrated her 13th birthday. Her memorial pet portrait was commissioned as a gift for her owner by a close family member. As an artist it is always both an honour and a tremendous responsibility to be trusted...

As a pet portrait artist and keen dog lover, I'm always humbled and honoured when asked to captured the spirit of a dearly departed pet with a memorial portrait. Golden Retriever Oscar reached the grand age of 15, he is fondly remembered and sadly missed. I was...

Bernese Mountain Dogs Vino & Rioja love searching for squirrels in the woods, so it seemed only natural to portray them doing what they love best, in their favourite place to be. At 18x26" this portrait is somewhat larger than usual and I'm really looking forward to...

Tabby cat Asia has been the subject on my drawing board this week. It has made a refreshing change to be drawing a cat rather than a canine portrait. Tabby cat Asia and Leonberger Indo were drawn as a matching pair of pet portraits. Sadly Asia passed away...

Lovely Leonberger, Indi's portrait was drawn on dark grey Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was built up using Faber Castell Polychromos along with...

Enjoying the moment and in her element, beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, Ira, in the snow… The reference photo for this portrait was kindly provided by my dear friend from Norway, Nina Bless, and I've been looking forward to working with it for such a long time. Let...

Welsh Springer Spaniel Yuma was one of the shortlisted finalists in my 2016 Favourite Photos competition. I'm so pleased that I had the opportunity of drawing a portrait of this beautiful little spaniel. His lively eyes and attentive expression captivated me from the first moment I saw...

Bernese Mountain Dog, Ruger, was one of the shortlisted finalists in my 2016 Favourite Photos competition. I love this boy's calm, regal bearing and was delighted to be able to draw his portrait. Ruger's portrait was drawn on pale blue Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer...

Bernese Mountain Dog, Mako, a surprise birthday commission for his dad. Mako's portrait was drawn on brown Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and details...

Bernese Mountain Dog, Jesse, was one of my favourite commissions of 2016, and being a Christmas surprise it was months before I could share a photo of his portrait. Jesse's portrait was drawn on anthracite Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied...

Bernese Mountain Dog, Bernie. Bernie's portrait was drawn on natural Pastelmat using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer and Caran D'Ache Musuem Aquarelle artist pencils, applied dry then blended with water. Once the foundation was dry enough to work over the depth and definition was built up using Faber Castell...

A pet portrait with a difference. Favourite heifer Fawn was a surprise Christmas portrait commission and my first foray into cows and cattle, but such fun to draw and I suspect I'll be revisiting this theme in the coming months. Fawn is a red and white Simmental....

Cute Cairn Terrier, Dave, was an absolute delight to have on my drawing board. The dark grey Pastelmat provides a soft, warm background colour that works beautifully with the tones in his coat. Dave's portrait was hand drawn using Caran D'Ache and Faber Castell artists pencils. This...

In memory of beautiful Golden Retriever Shiloh, this dog portrait was commissioned by a very thoughtful son for his mum as a Christmas surprise. Shiloh's memorial portrait was drawn using Faber Castell and Caran D'Ache artists pencils on dark grey Pastelmat, the soft grey-brown colour worked well...