Pet Portraits Bideford

During Lockdown in Littleham near Bideford I have been slowly working on my pet portraits.  With the weather being so hot and sunny it has been difficult not to do the gardening instead!

Just before the world went mad, I did meet up with Wilf’s owner and Wilf of course, in the local park.  There I took some photographs of him to use as reference for his pet portrait painting. Wilf is companion and friend for his owner.  The commission was gifted as a thank you from a close friend.  What a very special gift!

You can click on the image to view it in a larger size.  If you have a pet and are interested in portraits please get in touch via the enquiry form.  I will then reply from my email address.  Please include as much detail as possible especially a date you may have in mind.

This year for many reasons I am not taking on as many commission bookings as I have done in past years.  Therefore if there is a birthday coming up, or any occasions I recommend booking as soon as possible.


Local Pet Artist


This is Sprocket whose parents saw in a local cafe one of my pet paintings.  They were looking for a local pet artist to paint their lovely cocker spaniel for Christmas.

Local Pet Artist

I visited Sprocket to take some photographs.  She was such a good dog and loved sitting and posing.  I sat her on an outside bench.  The weather was perfect being a bright overcast day.  Too much sun will cause dark contrasting shadows and bright highlights.  Some overcast days are a little to dull, but a camera can be adjusted accordingly.  The photos can also be edited in photoshop. However, I like to get photos as natural as possible for colour.

As a bonus Sprocket’s owners had a free photoshoot with some lovely images of Sprocket. 

My photographs are taken in a raw format so the light can be lifted slightly, not too much.  You have more options with camera photography.  Although some phones especially iphones do have good cameras, there is not much post production to be achieved.

I really enjoy taking photographs, especially portrait.  Not so much into scenery photography.  It brings a smile to your face when you have captured a special moment or expression on someone’s face.

Dog Artist Barnstaple

Zeus and Aspect are sadly no longer with us, but if you are looking for a dog artist in Barnstaple I can take photos for you.  There were a lot of photos of these two German Shepherd dos, but very few of quality.  Eventually I took two separate images and photoshopped them together.

Dog Artist Barnstaple

We have been living in Littleham which is not far from Barnstaple for almost 4 years ago.  I would say that now half of my paintings are commissioned fairly local. Although I do think if you particularly like the style of an Artist then using a courier is no problem.  Although for framed paintings there is a maximum size of 14″x”18.  This really is because of the safety of the glass.  It is very hard to get insurance that covers glass. The glass I use is also more expensive than standard glass, as it has minimal reflective qualities.

German Shepherd Dogs have lovely thick dense coats which with the pastel medium I can create a soft realistic feel to the painting.  Pastels are very messy, especially as I use my fingers a lot to smooth and blend. It is not wise to blow the dust off the painting.



Painted Pets

Poppy has received her recently painted pets portrait, and was absolutely delighted! So much so, she wanted a photo sat next to it.

Painted Pets near you

It is that time of year and I have been very busy.  Painted pets in pastel capturing the true essence of your dog, horse or cat.  If you can find me locally, I am happy to take reference photographs free of charge!

Of course we have a soft spot for Border Terriers as we own one ourselves!  Although Poppy does look to be a bit more obedient than our Binny.



Pet Artist Locally

Finding a pet artist locally has many advantages.  The main one being meeting your dogs.  Kye and Rosie live in Holsworthy which is not too far from Littleham.  Their mum having recently retired was gifted a voucher from her work colleagues.  What a great gift.

Pet Artist near Holsworthy

Having a list to choose from of different pet artists my client wanted a realistic portrayal.  Having found me on her doorstep was a great bonus.  We arranged a meeting here where I met her two gorgeous dogs Kye and Rosie.  Not only could I show my client some paintings for real, we also had the opportunity to go through frame sizes.

I keep a selection of frames here in the studio, some of which are one offs I accumulate from visits to galleries.  These frames I purchase at a fraction of the usual price.  This way I can offer an all inclusive service with premium quality frames.  All of which are solid wood from the premier framing moulding companies such as Larson Juhl.

Dog Artist North Devon

I ended up taking two separate photos of Kye and Rosie, as it was quite difficult!  Kye is a big dog of mixed breeds.  Both are rescue dogs.  Rosie being a lurcher type is a soft and very gentle dog.  Kye was a bit more boisterous with a very deep bark, but very friendly and so handsome.

My client chose a gorgeous leather effect frame and with the dark green background the painting was set off beautifully.

Pet Artist Feedback


As a pet artist and working from clients own photos, feedback means a great deal.  Receiving really positive comments from the recipients help boost my confidence. It can sometimes be a little daunting when the painting is delivered and waiting for a response.  Then the relief comes flooding in, not only that it has arrived safely, but receiving the overwhelming kind comments.

Our pets are so very special, especially the canine variety.  Sadly when they leave us it creates such a void in our lives. Of course we have photo snaps to remind us of all the walks and fun times, but a painting means just that little bit more.  After all they are a member of the family, never to be forgotten.

Floss the Collie 

Here is Floss a beautiful Collie Dog who was so devoted to her family.  Floss’ painting was commissioned as a special anniversary surprise.  Today I received a lovely email, here is what was said….. “With the help of  our 8 year old daughter Eleanor I opened the 10th wedding anniversary gift on Thursday morning.  The beautiful painting reduced us both to tears.  It now has a prominent place on our living room wall”.

See all the latest comments on my Facebook Page.


Local Dog Artist

Pet Artist Locally

If you are looking for a local dog artist, or pet artist, finding one locally has many benefits.  I can offer a free one hour photo-shoot.  This can either be here in Littleham or at your home.  Dogs can be brought here and sometimes a neutral environment works well.  Not just a local dog artist, so if you have a cat I am happy to visit when it is convenient for you and when your cat is home!  If you would like you horse photographed as a reference image, then I can meet you at their field/stable. 

The weather is a very important factor when taking photographs.  Obviously if it is raining or too windy it is not possible.  Bright sunshine can also cause a lot of problems.  Harsh midday sun often causes too much contrast and shadow.  The effect is then having too much dark and light areas making the features more severe. 

Therefore a bright overcast day is perfect to capture your pet at their best.  This light is great for capturing the natural colours in their coats and eyes. 

Painting Mocks

After I have taken a selection of photos I can upload them to my computer whilst you are here.  Or I can email any suitable images for you to make a choice.  

Neutral background colours are best if  you wish your pet to stand out.  I can offer 3 mock-ups in photoshop with different neutral background colours so we can see what looks best. 

This is all included in the price quoted.

Hand Drawn Pet Artist

All of my pet paintings are hand drawn and as an artist I like to portray a true lifelike representation of your pet. Adding layers to a painting whilst shaping and moulding the features will give it a realistic look.

Taco featured here is a Labrador and Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross breed.  His feet fur are orange and he has quite short stocky legs.  Whereas is face is more labrador and he has a lovely kind look in his eyes.

Black and white dogs can be more challenging to paint than dogs with warmer orange tones.  Although taking a photograph in natural light is crucial in capturing all the colour tones. Especially for black or white or both coloured dogs.

As you can see in Taco’s painting in reality there is not very much black.  Lots of blue, purple and red/brown hues. This really gives depth and definition.  Photographs that are taken indoors don’t have as much contrast.

I like to paint my backgrounds in a ambient style so as to incorporate the shades of colour from the animal’s coat.  This can also be achieved when giving a sky and field muted background.  Art is a lot to do with being able to see colour and also using some imagination to add or enhance colours.

Pet Artist Devon

I am a pet artist based in Devon and am currently taking bookings for the festive season.

Black Labrador Painting realistically portrayed.
Black Labrador Painting realistically portrayed.

This is the busiest time of the year for pet artists therefore it is never too early to secure your place.  There is an overflow from this time which takes me usually up until the summer to catch up.

Prices start at £280 for an aperture size of 12″ x 10″ which includes framing from a stock selection.

This price also includes Postage to the UK only.  Paintings are securely padded and wrapped in a large strong box.

Large size paintings will need to be collected in person, or an arrangement made for a mutually convenient meet up. If you are local I am happy to take photographs of your dog to use as a reference.

There is no extra charge for taking photographs and I will ask for you to come to my home address.  I work from home and have some original paintings of dogs that can also be seen. Photographs I have taken can be viewed on the computer so we can agree on the best one.  I will email a mock up with a suitable ambient background in the colours of your choice.  A deposit will be needed to secure your place and give you peace of mind.

It can be very difficult to think of gifts for your partner, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, and if you have a pet, these paintings are something very special.  I take very special pride in capturing the individual character of your pet, and this takes a lot of  time to achieve.  A black labrador dog is not just that, but your loving companion and family member.  I want my paintings to reflect a personality trait which relates to your dog and not just any dog.

Please get in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you!  Helen

Pet Portrait Artist Exeter

German Shepherd Dog Pet Portrait

“Jenny” German Shepherd Dog
“Jenny” German Shepherd Dog

This is one of my recent pet portrait artist painting commissions of a beautiful German Shepherd Dog, who lives near Exeter.  Her name is Jenny who lives and she was commissioned as a surprise gift.

We live not far from Exeter and welcome anyone wishing to find out more about booking a commission.  I have some paintings of animals that can be viewed at home where I work. 

Pet Portrait Artist Exeter

So if you live fairly local you can always bring your dog and I would love to meet them and take some photos for reference. These can be uploaded to my computer and we can select the best ones.  

Pet paintings make really special gifts.  A great idea for those who have everything and want something a bit special.

Memorial paintings of your dog or any pet are very popular.  Something to be treasured for a lifetime.

Many hours of work go into my paintings ensuring I capture that special something individual to your dog, horse or cat. Jenny’s expression was caught perfectly according to her owner and the recipient was over the moon. I like to paint subtle backgrounds, so that the subject stands out. Often shading in some colours of the animal fur into the background, so as to bring it all in together.