I have no formal art qualifications and am a completely self taught artist. I believe that having to figure everything out myself has helped me to develop my own individual style. I have a deep affection, love and respect for all animals and a love painting so combining the two was a natural progression. Animals have such soul and depth and I try to capture that in my painting.
I paint pet portraits on Ampersand Claybord because the hard, smooth surface is ideal for fine, intricate details. I also paint portraits on river rocks (something a little bit different). The river rocks are purchased from a landscape supplier and not taken from rivers or creeks. My preferred medium is acrylics (the only medium suitable for the rocks) but I have experimented with watercolours, pastels and coloured pencils.
Both the traditional portraits and rock portraits are painted from your photos so it is important to have a clear, close up shot of your pet. Check out my photo tips for a few helpful hints when taking your pics and also some FAQ's to help answer any questions you might have about ordering your portrait. Please visit my gallery page for examples of my work on both types of portraits. To order a portrait, please contact me via my CONTACT page.
I paint a huge variety of animals on rocks, some of which include dogs, cats, guinea pigs, pandas, penguins, seals, hippos, deer, turtles ... to name a few. Happy to create any animal on a rock for you ... just contact me via my contact page and let me know what you are looking for. Examples of my work can be found on the Gallery page. If you see something you like in the gallery I am happy to create one for you.
If you see something you like in the Gallery I can recreate it for you. However, each piece is unique and will not be exactly the same.