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Artist of the week: Jess Pritchard - Pet Portrait Artist

One of the first forms of communication we have as young children is drawing. It may have only be a mere scribble but it was so much fun to turn a blank piece of paper into a multicoloured masterpiece. As we get older, most people leave this way of expressing themselves behind but for me, it stuck.

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, with animals being the main focus. I absolutely love animals, they have always fascinated me and I thoroughly enjoy capturing their expression on paper.

About six years ago, I bought myself a lovely new set of professional artist pencils which I couldn’t wait to use. However, it was the time in my life where I had to decide what career path to take and head to University. I chose to study graphic design for three years and as a result, drawing took a backseat and the pencils gathered dust.

After University came to an end, I landed a graphic design contract which was enjoyable but I felt my creativity was limited to the clients specifications. Once the contract came to an end, I struggled to find another job and I was left not knowing what to do. That’s when I dusted off my pencils and began to draw while deciding on a new plan.

That is when I realised I was happiest in front of my easel with my border collie by my side. With a lot of ongoing effort, I have managed to set up my own pet portrait and wildlife art business from my studio in Cookley, Worcestershire.

The best part of the job is being able to to give people something special to remember their furry friends by. I also hope one day to use my art to give something back to all the amazing creatures I draw through raising money and awareness. Who knows where it will lead me but that’s what makes it so exciting!

To find out more about Jess head to her website, or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Jess is also offering a 20% discount exclusively to Your Dog readers, get in touch with Jess for a memorable portrait of your four-legged friend. 

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