Labrador Retrievers

I have had so many commissions for portraits of Labradors in the past few weeks, I thought I would dedicate a blog especially to them.  Here are a few from the past two years…

Pastel 12″ x 10″ / 30 x 25cm, 2017
George is an incredibly handsome rescued Chocolate Lab.  The reference photo for this portrait was by Penelope Malby.
‘Alfie’ Pastel 12″ x 12″ / 30 x 30cm, 2017
Taz’s portrait was commissioned back in 2014.

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I really enjoyed Blondie’s portrait – that tongue!
‘Ned’, Pastel 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31cm
Eleven year old gorgeous Buddy from 2014.
I loved Misty’s reference photograph, the client suggested including the branches and red berries and I think it has worked really well.
This is a portrait of Molly, Misty’s sister, from 2018. Pastel 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31cm.

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Angus and Digbey
‘Digby and Angus’, Pastel 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31cm 2017
Chudley and his favourite red ball, 2014.


‘Bosun’ Pastel 12″ x 10″ / 30 x 25cm
‘Foley’ Pastel 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10 cm
‘Bramble’ 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10cm
‘Kirby’ Pastel 8″ x 6″ / 15 x 10cm

Visit my website for information on commissioning your own portrait.

Published by gillianussherart

I am a pet and wildlife artist, originally from Ireland but now based in Frome, England with my husband and children, two rescue dogs Rua the Hungarian Vizsla and Ogie the blind terrier, and Jet the cat. I take commissions for pet portraits and draw original animal art, most of which is sold as fine art prints and art cards. I also teach others how to draw through online classes and short courses available through my website. I have been working as a full time artist for many years, and have fulfilled hundreds of pet portrait commissions. My client base is international, and I ship worldwide for free. My work has been featured in publications such as Dogs Today Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Guardian, Talented Ladies Club and Country Living Magazine. I support animal charities whenever I can, by regularly donating art to various rescue group fundraisers, donating 20% of income from prints to various breed specific rescues and providing wildlife rescues and rehabilitations centres with original art to fundraise and create merchandise. If you are interested in purchasing or commissioning art, or if you just want to connect, you can contact

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