For Stanley’s portrait I worked from a fantastic reference photo taken by Gail Fogarty.

Gail’s wonderful reference photo – view more of her work at

It was requested not to include the background so as to focus more on Stanley’s incredibly handsome face.

Trying to capture the softness of those gorgeous silky ears!
Untitled design
The finished portrait, pastel 10″ x 8″ / 25 x 20cm.

Stanley’s finished portrait was framed by River Crane Framing, and I think they did a fantastic job! The colour and softness of the frame compliments the portrait perfectly.


If you would like to commission your own portrait, you can visit You can get in touch at if you have any questions.

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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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