Pet Portrait Fun
We're crushing on these pooch portraits by British artist and Anthropologie creative collaborator Sally Muir. After all it's National Pet Month!
This April is the 30th anniversary of National Pet Month (which takes place 1st April – 6th May). To celebrate we’ve put together a round-up of some of our fave pet portrait artists! Add a comment at the bottom if you want to recommend any you love.
Sally Muir portraits and designsSally Muir is a celebrated British artist and long-term creative collaborator with Anthropologie. Here’s her work displayed, top left, in the brand spanking new Tunbridge Wells Anthropologie store. Have you been yet? It’s at the bottom of the High Street, in the store that was once Cath Kidston. Sally was there at the store opening working her magic by creating doggie portraits for shoppers. Also available from the store are fun plates, trays, tea towels and mugs – all displaying these adorable furry friends. sallymuir.co.uk
Samantha Ellis prints and artwork
I first came across this artist, Samantha Ellis, when her bright, fun pet portraits drew me into Tunbridge Well’s Artique Gallery (if you haven’t been in this gallery yet, I insist you pop in next time you are down the bottom of the high street it’s vibrant, up-to-date, affordable art pulls me across the road every time). Loving this young, funky Cambridgeshire-artists’ work. facebook.com/samanthaellisartist
hh designs greeting cards, fine art and canvas prints
Emily & Ali are two local West Kent based photographers with over 20 years experience between them photographing families, weddings, events and pets. They launched hh designs; a publishing company offering stunning, fun and contemporary greetings cards and canvases – all the animals featured on their cards were photographed by them and locally in Kent. Check out hhdesigns.co.uk, call 07843 055433 / 07864 376144.
Gayle Shapton Art
Having been brought up in London before moving out this way, Gayle is inspired by the animals that surround her in the East Sussex countryside – featuring not just pets but deers, cows, owls and the likes. She is influenced by trends in fashion and interiors and her textile training is evident in the decorative backgrounds of her paintings. Gayle has shown her work in galleries and art fairs across the South East. She welcomes commissions. gayleshapton.com
Bridget Wood pastel portraitsLocal dog-lover and artist Bridget Wood has written a book about Daisy, (as drawn by her above). Daisy is an incredible Medical Detection Dog (MDD) who Bridget bred here in Kent. She has not only detected nearly 600 cases of cancer but also warned her owner (MDD’s founder & CEO) she had early stage breast cancer (seriously it’s true, I’ve read all about it). Bridget draws animals in pastel. If you would like to get in touch about a portrait of your beloved pet, email
Emily Boyce calligraphy portraits
I discovered Brighton-based Emily Boyce and her unique calligram illustrative style in a coffee shop last year and fell in love with her original style. All her portraits are by hand, with pen and ink – and she uses the name of the pet or person to illustrate their face. See, look closely at this picture of Betty, above. She specialises in dogs, people and horses – all you need to do is email a clear photo. So simple, quirky and clever. emilyboyceillustrations.com