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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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Top 5: pet portrait artists

Get that portrait of your pooch, pony or, er poultry, by these amazing local artists you'll love

Emma Freeman Portraits

Based in the Weald of Kent, Emma is a super talented photographer, who specialises family portraits and has also done a fair bit of equine and canine portraits (that’s horses and dogs to you and me). Her photography is characterized by simplicity, and captures the magic bond between pet and owner – just look at this gorgeous example of a girl and her pony, above.

Samantha Ellis prints and artwork

I 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.

hh designs photography and cards

Emily & Ali are two local West Kent based photographers with over 20 years experience between them photographing families, weddings, events and pets. They have just 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. For more information visit, call 07843 055433 / 07864 376144.

Bridget Wood pastel portraits

Local 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 when visiting one of my fave rural tea rooms, Beals Barn (not far from Bewl Water). 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, original and clever.

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