About the Artist

It was at Art School that I started drawing pet portraits. Mostly cats then, as I had several in my flat in London. I was studying Fine Art and Lettering at Londonís Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, graduating with an Honours Degree in Art and Design.

I chose Camberwell because of their fine tradition of craftmanship in painting and graphic design and illustration. This craftmanship can be seen in the way I work, and is what gives a solid foundation to the portrait.

Put another way, you can see the representation of a living, breathing, thinking animal. It's the familiarity with anatomy and skeletal structure that makes it believable. And an idea of what he or she may be thinking that brings it to life!

I love working with coloured pencil because of its fine detail as well as atmospheric effects, and I'm a signature member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society.

I have spent most of my life either drawing or working with animals - goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs, chickens, parrots, fish, and - of course, dogs and cats.

I trained and competed with my dogs at championship level, and spent many happy hours working with my fine herd of dairy goats, making Tara Goats Cheese, taking them for walks along the hedgerows - the very thought brings back the delicious smell of hay!

These days I spend a lot of time helping puppy-owners develop a happy relationship with their new puppy or dog at Good for Dogs! and helping those further away through my online courses, books, and articles at Brilliant Family Dog