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.

 

I had some lovely photos to choose from for my current commission but I've gone with this one as little jack russell Clemmie has her tongue poking out 😍👅
She is on Stonehenge pearl grey paper and will be 10 X 12 inches
#jackrussell #jrtofinstagram #jrt #jackrussellterrier #terrierlove #legionpaper #stonehengepaper
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This idiot 🙄💕....
I'm glutton for punishment because I take this hooligan to work with me. Today I could hear her howling somewhere in the garden. She normally does this when she's shut the wrong side of a gate. Today she got herself stuck inside the compost heap! 😂 😂 😂
#plonker #idiot #sillydog #compostraider #scavenger #apprenticegardener #compostheap #whv #hwv #hpr #wirehairedvizsla #hungarianwirehairedvizsla #vizslaobsessed #clowndog
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#TOT Tongue out Tuesday in the anemones
#whv #hwv #wirehairedvizsla #hungarianwirehairedvizsla #wirehairedvizslasarethebest #wirehairedvizslalove #vizsla #tongueouttuesday #anemones #ancientwoodland #britishflowers #englishwoodland #specialpuppy
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Nearly trod on this little guy! ...

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Little Jessie is complete
This was a really challenging portrait. Working from 4 reference photos to bring the composition together completely hand drawn from my imagination. These sort of portraits always take so much concentration and a lot more time.
I really enjoyed all the textures in the back ground and although it was daunting I'm really pleased with how she turned out.
#workingcocker #chocolatecocker #spanielart #workingdog #logburner #firedog #cockerspaniel #spaniellife #gamekeepersdog #petportrait #petportraitartist #fabercastell #polychromos #luminance #derwentlightfast #stonehengepaper
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Still working on Jessie and her wood burner. Can I get the back ground finished today?
#workinprogress #workingcockerspaniel #workingcocker #workingdog #chocolatecocker #browncocker #cockerspanielsofinstagram #cockerspaniellove #woodburner #woodburningstove #logpile #bellows #roaringfire #petportraitartist #birthdaypresentideas
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No words 🙄 I love this nutter 😍💕💖 ...

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Current WIP. This is the second portrait of little Jessie 😍
#workinprogress #workingcockerspaniel #workingcocker #workingdog #chocolatecocker #browncocker #cockerspanielsofinstagram #cockerspaniellove
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🌟Portrait🌟

OK so I missed a couple of days of #marchmeetthemaker2021

Searched my phone to find a photo of me. This was early one morning up on the South Downs this winter with Nellie.

I'm a country girl who grew up on a mixed farm in Sussex.

I've never wanted kids and finally now I'm 40 people have stopped asking me when I'm having them 🤣

I've been a stable girl, laundry worker, herds woman, gardener and cleaner but now I'm proud to call myself an artist at last

I'm currently addicted to Sounds of the 90's with Fearne Cotton on radio 2 on a Friday night. But I find it very hard to draw whilst I'm jiggling away to the music 🤣

#nokidsforme #90's #whv #dogsarebetterthankids #marchmeetthemaker #meettheartist
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🌟Work in progress🌟

Kylo is coming along slowly!

#marchmeetthemaker #marchmeetthemaker2021 #workinprogress #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverlovers #goldenretrieverlove #petportrait #petportraitartist #birthdaypresentideas #colouredpencil #smallbusinesseastsussex #eastsussexartist #upsidedowndog #funnydogsofinstagram
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💖Winnie💖 Still got a good set of teeth for nearly 15!
#spinone #spinonecross #spinonecrosslab #goldenoldie #olddogsarethebestdogs #yawningdog #showusyourteeth
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