Every year I run a competition to win a free pet portrait, and although the majority of entries and all previous year’s winners have been dogs, this year’s winner was a stunning 23 year old horse named Fred. 

Fred’s portrait in progress.

It’s always a treat to paint or draw a horse or pony. I grew up completely obsessed with them, and their grace, strength and beauty was what first inspired me to spend way too much time drawing animals throughout my life!  Here are some of my past horse and pony paintings and drawings.

‘Furioso-North Star’. Pastel on paper, 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31 cm 2016 
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‘Jack’ Pastel on paper, 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31 cm 2016
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‘Gerry & Gladys’ Pastel on board, 23″ x 17″ / 58 x 43 cm 2015
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Pastel on paper 12″ x 12″ / 31 x 31 cm 2016
‘Lexi’. Pastel on paper 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31 cm 2016
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‘Mexico’. Pastel on paper 16″ x 12″ / 40 x 31 cm 2014
‘Ollie’ Pastel on paper 12″ x 10″ / 30 x 25 cm 2012

Thanks for reading!




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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