The end of the year encourages you to look back at what you have achieved and look forward to exciting challenges in the new year ahead.

I dug out some old portraits and compared them to more recent pieces I have completed and it’s really pleasing to see that my artistic skills have evolved and improved quite a lot over the past 4 to 5 years.

I am not ashamed to admit that I am self taught and I am driven to paint more and more by the shear joy I feel from trying my best to bring an animal and its personality “to life” on a canvas. Animal physiology and biomechanics has always been a huge interest of mine and I can literally spend hours watching the way a horse carries itself, or studying the complex muscle and bone structures of dogs and cats. I am certainly a self-confessed animal geek; my husband reminding me frequently that my life pretty much consists of “horses and chocolate” (when I’m not being a mummy or wife !!!)

New Year New Challenges

My personal challenge for the new year is to work harder to improve my skills at perfecting (as much as possible) each individual animals conformation, character and coat patterns and hopefully gather more commissions and painting opportunities as I go along. I guess the expression “paint what you see, not what you think you see”, has never been more true.

Thanks very much for your support this year and onwards and upwards for 2018!