Studying Architecture as a mature student opened my eyes to the creative process, and since my degree I have worked in different roles including architecture, garden design and exhibition design.  A  life-drawing class re-awakened the childhood need to draw and draw, and inspired by a friend’s Whiplington, Buddy, I decided to focus on painting and drawing dogs. I wanted to create dog portraits that had something a little different about them, and aim to capture the character of each individual dog without replicating the detail of a photograph.  I connect with each dog I paint and the eyes are always a big focus for me, they tell you so much about how the dog is feeling.