Animal Paintings in Progress

Would you like to see some of my colourful animal paintings in progress? I don’t often open my Surrey art studio to the public, and unless you live in the South East of England you’re unlikely to see me sketching outside, but you can watch me paint some of my colourful animal art on my…

Artists Supporting Artists

The Artist Support Pledge is a growing international movement of artists supporting other artists. In these difficult times during COVID-19 when art galleries are closed and art shows and workshops have been postponed or cancelled, many artists are finding themselves without work, and art buyers have less access to original artworks. The premise is quite…

Sofa Safari

For all you wildlife lovers that can’t get out to see your favourite animals at the moment, I highly recommend that you go onto Instagram for a great daily Sofa Safari in Kenya with the lovely rangers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. If you think you’ve heard that name before, it’s probably because that’s where the…

White Sheep of the Family

White Sheep of the Family It used to be a family joke that I was the white sheep of the family. My parents were honest and hard-working, but not academic, and my Mum’s biggest criticism of me was “You, you’re always studying!” Hardly a crime, though at the time I thought she made it sound…

Aunts and Animal Welfare

I’ve been thinking about Aunts and Animal Welfare recently. Let me explain. Donkeys A few weeks ago I was working as a steward for Oxfam at the River Cottage Festival in Devon. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is only a few miles away so I just had to pay them a visit. I was interested…

Pets Don’t Live Forever

  We all know that pets don’t live forever but over the last week I’ve been paying even more attention to my rescue cats than usual – one of them came home late at night, limping and with a bloodied back leg. I assumed she’d come off worse in a fight. My vet said that…

When Wildlife Conservation Goes Wrong

Wildlife conservation is not an exact science, and sometimes it can go badly wrong. But should we stop trying?

Garden Design Ideas for Animal Lovers

I replaced a crumbling patio paving stone with a colourful cat mosaic – find out how to get your own garden statement piece

How to Paint an Elephant

How to paint an elephant People often like to know how the animal painting they are interested in came to life, so this blog post looks at how I created the elephant painting you can see in progress above. If you’re reading on your mobile, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of…

Papillon Dogs

A Papillon dog won both the Best of Show and Toy Dog Breed category at Crufts in 2019. Crufts is the world’s largest dog show and it’s no coincidence that it’s in the UK, as it’s estimated that there are nearly 9 million pet dogs here! Papillon dogs are descended from the toy spaniels that…

Art Exhibition in Surrey

This month I will be exhibiting some of my new animal artworks at an art exhibition in Surrey. Denbies Wine Estate is a great venue, and you can see my artwork alongside other talented local artists. You can see some of my latest art in progress above. First Steps Art organises this colourful and diverse…

Black Friday Offer for Animal Lovers

Huge Discounts on Miniature Animal Paintings and Prints You can get a huge 20% off my smallest animal paintings and prints from now until Cyber Monday 26th November 2018. These cute animal paintings and prints are a stylish addition to your home decor, or a great way to introduce a young girl to collecting original…