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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.
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.
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Perth, Western Australia.