‘We still can’t get over the amazement we feel that your portrait of our little Megan is so like her, so full of life that it is positively mesmeric. We can’t praise you enough.”
Margaret, Norfolk. October 2017
Hi, I'm Dominica, a Suffolk girl, pictured here with Olive, my Whippet and 'First Friend'.
I have always had an affinity with animals and the natural world and have rarely been without a furry friend in my life. I grew up on a farm surrounded by open spaces and feel firmly rooted in rural Suffolk where I have lived most of my life. Drawing became a joy for me from the time I first got to grips with a pencil. Art was my favourite subject at school and animals appeared on every page of my early drawing books.
For the last ten years I've drawn and painted dogs almost exclusively, making studies of my own Whippets and producing portraits in pastel and oil of other dogs by commission. Whippets, to my mind, by virtue of their natural elegance and poise, are the perfect artist's model and a dream to paint possessing as they do a symphony of line in their wealth of angles and curves.
This January I enrolled onto a one year oil-painting course at the Norfolk Painting School in order to broaden my technical skills as an oil painter and am now beginning to explore other genres of painting including landscape and still-life. In many ways I feel like my journey as an artist has only just begun. Having always painted directly from observation, I'm learning to see the underlying abstraction in things now which is helping me to paint more freely and with more self-expression, employing colour, line and shape, my three favourite ingredients of a painting, in a more dynamic way.
"I can't even put into words how happy I am with the portrait of Bramble, Tali and Liffe. You have managed to capture not only the likeness but the true characters of my dogs. I was so thrilled with it, I couldn't wait to give it to my hubbie so I've unveiled it to him already plus all my friends and family!"
Emma Winter, Raydon. November 2017
Please have a browse at my gallery to see some of my most recent commissions and paintings of my own Whippets, some of which are available for sale. Please click on the images for their titles and prices. Paintings are also available to purchase in 'other works'.
If you're considering commissioning a portrait of your dog then please get in touch and we can have a chat about your requirements. I would love to hear from you.
Olive with my daughter, Ophelia