About me

Having enjoyed an idyllic childhood on a mixed farm in Sussex I developed a strong passion for all things to do with the countryside.  Along with my sisters we enjoyed all farming activities from hop picking to milking cows and were surrounded by animals including rescued squirrels, rabbits, dogs, cats, ponies, shetland sheep and jersey cows.

I now have two very treasured dogs.  My constant companion for the last 12 years Winnie, and my new addition Nellie. Everyday for me starts with an early morning adventure with my two girls enjoying the changing seasons.

A couple of years ago I thought I would see if I could still draw as I hadn’t done much since college. I did a quick sketch of a hare and got such lovely feedback that it encouraged me to do more. I had always been drawn to the precision of graphite but wanted to add colour to my work. Then I discovered professsional coloured pencils. They are the perfect medium for me to recreate the extensive detail in my subjects. I now spend most of my time doing pet portraits but I love to fit in the odd original piece when I can.


Daft dog Hetty 🥰

#goldenretriever #goldenretrieverlovers #goldenretrieversarecrazy #retrieveroftheday #daftdog #upsidedowndog

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Progress shot from another horse portrait gifted today. Such a vibrant coat and stunning boy

#chestnut #chestnuthorse #liverchestnut #thankyougift #horseportrait #colouredpencilart #equineart

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💕Beautiful Ivy 💕 ready for gifting. Julia requested that I captured Ivy's notorious 'bangs' and lovely long eye lashes!

If you'd like your portrait to arrive ready to hang I am happy to organise framing for you with my lovely local framer Lee at Frameworks. We recommend choosing art glass as an upgrade. It's magic as you get no reflection so you can see all the detail and it has added UV protection

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Ivy the Cocker Spaniel. She was a wedding gift and will take pride of place in the couples home

#englishcockerspaniel #cockerspanieleyes #cockerspaniel #blackcockerspaniel #blackcocker

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A very soulful pair of eyes next on my drawing board

#cockerspaniel #blackcockerspaniel #cocker #cockerspanieleyes #englishcockerspaniel #englishcocker #cockereyes #soulfuleyes #weddinggift #uniqueweddinggift #blackcocker #blackdogart

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🐕 Viking dogs 🐕 ...ready to invade your picnics! 🤣

#vikingdogs #picnicraiders #vikings #pevenseycastle

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Since I could hold a pencil I drew horses so it's always a pleasure to get a horse commission. I frustrated my art teacher at school so much because that's all I drew!

When I delivered this portrait on Saturday I got to meet 3 of these boys at their lovely home and I came away with a feeling of how absolutely content they were in their retirement from racing.

#horseportrait #retiredracehorse #retiredracer #thoroughbred #thoroughbredracing #thoroughbreds #broodmare #mareandfoals

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The mare to the left is Jez sadly also a memorial. Her owner describes her as a once in a lifetime horse 🥰 She is the mother of all four boys that will be around her when it's finished. That's Bouncer to right and Blue just started bottom left. He was the last foal and the only one from a different sire hence you will see later he's the only chestnut. They are hoping Blue might start eventing soon

#familyportrait #horsefamily #broodmare #racehorses #onceinalifetimehorse

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At last I can show some progress photos from this wonderful racehorse commission that I started back in Feb. This is Bouncer a memorial portrait

#racehorse #racehorseart #equineart #horseportrait #colouredpencil #stonehengepaper #sussexartist #gonebutnotforgotten #homebred #bayhorse

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Visiting relatives today....my great great grandad Horace Frenchs first wife Elizabeth died at just 23 years old 😥. The inscription reads ...

Her time was short and soon was spent
She to her parents was but lent
She in her bloom was fresh and gay
But like a rose did fade away 🥀

She lies in Ashburnham Church in the grounds of Ashburnham Place now a Christian retreat centre. Unfortunately I think the gardeners of years gone by would be turning in their grave if they saw the state of the kitchen gardens and estate now but we did have a lovely coffee and cake in the Orangery tearoom and the walk around the lake is very enjoyable.

#ashburnhamplace #orangerytearoom #ashburnhamchurch

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Didn't want Nellie to feel left out so got her a @harperandboo bow too💜. How long before it's covered in fox poo? 🙈 ...

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😇 Angels 😇 ...

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If you visited me at @heathfieldshow you'll have seen me working on Jeffrey. Actually made some great progress despite it feeling like I spent all day talking. It was particularly lovely to catch up with regulars who have supported me since I started. I am now FULLY BOOKED for this year. Please book now if you would like a portrait NEXT year. Thank you all for your support in keeping me so busy 🥰

#springer #springerspaniellovers #springersarewinners #englishspringerspaniel #springerspaniel #liverspringerspaniel

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All set up at Heathfield Show today. It's going to be a sunny one 😎 ...

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