I Live to Paint Portraits!
I was born an artist. I have no degrees or diplomas. I have not attended any Art School. My talent comes from God. I do not restrict myself to rules but rather do as I feel necessary to create art. I have always loved to draw and paint. In fact, I did not even know what "pastel" was until 2002 when I saw an artist using the medium.
I attended a two-day workshop being tutored by Maxine Thompson in February 2003 and learnt the basic techniques. Within a couple of months I entered the Heritage City Art Festival and took out first prize in the portraiture section of that competition (with a portrait of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier). The following year I received a Highly Commended for portraiture.
In the meantime I have attended many dog shows armed with samples of my work and I have a constant flow of commissions. I am yet to investigate the 'horsie set', cat societies, bird clubs and regional cattle shows. When I get time I will.
I live outside Maryborough in Queensland in a gorgeous bush setting which constantly inspires me to the easel. I have great support from my husband and two grown children. We are former breeders of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and are sensitive to our canine family members. (My two Staffords are currently asleep under my computer – when they are not there they are under the easel, or with me in the bathroom, kitchen, car, in bed, or wherever).
I just love animals; we are fortunate to have a huge variety of wild birds who come to feed every day, a resident family of brush tail possums, goannas, turtles, echidnas, kangaroos and wallabies. I often care for neighbours cattle, chooks, dogs, cats, birds, fish and horses, while they take vacations. So perhaps in the next life I might be a vet or Dr. Doolittle or something. (This life is a bit full for now).
When I begin a commission I always start with the eyes as they are the windows to the soul. Until they are perfect, the work cannot go forward. As the furry face begins to evolve I'm sure I can hear panting and soft woofing urging me on! (Just as long as they don't start to drool!).
I have a great old yarn to my subjects as the work progresses, so I need to know their name before I begin also. So as you can tell, this is not just about making picture of your pet. I am creating a bond between myself and your mate that endures forever and a piece of me remains in the work.
I can't think of a better way to immortalise our precious companions than to have them looking down softly from the wall of a warmly lit room over the home of those to whom they belong, checking that all is well. Even if you're in the 'thinking about it' stages don't hesitate to drop a line and have a 'no obligation' chat or e-mail . If you love your pet, I do too.