The history of animal portraiture is a long one. From cave art of mammoths 13,000 years ago and pets in formal family portraits in the middle ages (Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait of 1434), to more recent works by Alfred de Dreux ("Pug Dog in an Armchair") and Picasso ("Boy with a Dog", "A Rooster"), it's clear that animals have held a place of honour through the ages. The 21st century is no exception. From the walls of our homes to the wallpaper on our phones, our pets make an appearance.

Digital photos are plentiful and are an easy way to celebrate our pets. But there's something different about a painting or drawing. An artist can zero in on the essence of an animal in a way that a photo often can't. And each artist does so in his or her own style. There are many fine artists to choose from. If you're interested in commissioning me to do a portrait of your beloved companion, take a good look at my work. If you like the way I see animals, the colours I use, the style of my painting or drawing, please get in touch.