SKY ARTS Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 Semi Finalist. I’m based in sunny Leicestershire and started pet portraits 15 years ago. If I’m not painting I am studying texture and light and thinking “How could I create that with paint?” I adore painting dogs, there is nothing that compares to the bond people have with their dogs and the love that is given back in return. I’ve won several awards for my oil portraits. I find oil paints give great depth and softness to the piece. I paint with the smallest paint brush and cut off half of the hairs to get the finest detail possible.