a little about me…

Susan Bruce

For all enquiries, email me at suzembw@gmail.com

I am a largely self-taught artist-maker-of-things and have drawn portraits since I was  child.  I have had various jobs working with dogs and cats and love their quirks.  I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband Damien and our dog Bruce and cat Subi.  Subi was an abandoned kitten I came across through work 12 years ago and I brought him home for my husband – who loves him so much he takes selfies with him in his (man cave) shed!  Bruce was the product of an unplanned pregnancy between a Kelpie and a Maltese Terrier and needed a home.   He turned out terribly cute and is my new little best friend and almost constant companion!  This photo above is me with Bruce when he was only a pup, and below is my portrait of him all grown up.

Little Bruce

A lot of my artworks tend to be animal based as I love their often crazy personalities and unfiltered engagement.  People would ask me if I could draw their pet so I started this site to show what was possible and help with the process.   I use mainly pencils on acid free archival paper and I compose the image from your photos.  Some of the works you see in the gallery are charcoal or pastel, which need some special consideration when framing.  The pencil portraits are a lot more versatile when framing, or posting the finished artwork.

A portrait is such a personal thing.  I love that moment when I first show the finished work to the recipient and their face lights up!  The artwork can be big or small and makes a great gift.  A portrait can also be a unique way of remembering  a furry friend who is no longer with us and celebrate their life!

Below are my portraits of our previous fur-babies.

Bully the Kelpie Border Collie Cross who was dumped as a pup and I was lucky enough to live with him for 15 years!!  My faithful friend who I miss terribly.


And Matilda the abandoned mother of six kittens, with a stumpy tail and constant Meow.  She grew a little rotund in her later years and I miss watching her doing sit ups to lick her belly or reach around with her right paw to scratch her own backside.  Lots of personality, and Subi missed her until I found little Bruce to harass him instead.


All images on this site are copyright susanmaria creations.  All rights reserved.

                                          Perth, Western Australia.

4 thoughts on “a little about me…

  1. Allison

    The crocheted clothes are fab. Can’t wait for Zoe to wear your jacket next winter. I’ll have to get her some cool boots to go with it!!


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