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Painter of Dogs and Country Life

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"It is clearly possible to use imitation or representation in producing a great work of art, but it can't be the object of a great artist to tell you the facts at the cost of telling you what he feels about them"      

Vanessa Bell

Welcome and thank you for visiting.  Whether you're interested in commissioning a dog portrait or taking a look at the rest of my portfolio, here's a little about me ...

I'm a painter based in the beautiful county of Suffolk who paints Dogs, Still Life and Landscape.  Further to studying Art and the History of Art at A Level and experimenting with pastel in the aftermath, I undertook an Oil Painting Diploma at the Norfolk Painting School, graduating in 2021.  It was here that I studied the Old Masters in depth and found new ways to express myself in paint.

When not painting commissions, I paint to exhibit and have shown my work across East Anglia through a variety of established outlets to include Suffolk Open Studios, The Ipswich Art Society, The Colchester Arts Society and The Institute of East Anglian Art where in 2021, at their Annual Open, a portrait of my blue Whippet was 'commended' - since when I've become a regular exhibitor at the Gallery Holt, Norfolk.

A country girl at heart, I am continually inspired by the natural world and the corner of Suffolk I inhabit whose various enchantments of fur, flower, sea and sky are always urging me to describe 'what is felt' as much as 'what is seen'.  Feeling connected to my subject is a vital part of my process.  As far as picture-making goes, I'm not sure if it's colour, composition, pattern or line that excites me most but know it's a mixture of all these things combined with the smell of oil paint and that elusive feeling of being alive when I have a paintbrush in hand and know what it is I want to describe.  Beyond that, it's the perpetual challenge of creating a 'work of art' that keeps me hooked.


If you are interested in commissioning a dog portrait, you'll find a selection on the next page and a button above to take you directly to the commission page. For all other works, just keep on scrolling.


From March 2024 I'll be offering one-to-one 'Oil-painting afternoons' on Thursdays and Fridays at my studio in Hadleigh. If you'd like to learn the basics of painting animals or still life, then please drop me a line. My aim is to encourage you to develop a fun and free approach to painting. Sessions run from 2-5 pm at £70 per afternoon (or £130 for two) with a reduced rate of £50 per session for 25 year-olds and under. All materials provided. If it's your own animal you'd like to paint, do come armed with photographs. If a still life, then we'll work from an arrangement of flowers or objects set up in the studio. 

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