"Logan"

An A4 graphite portrait of a Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla

This portrait was commissioned by a group of friends to be gifted to Logan's owner, earlier in the year Logan was diagnosed with terminal cancer and sadly he passed away before the drawing was completed.

The portrait has since been delivered to his owners who are thrilled to have this lovely tribute to their much loved and missed boy....RIP Logan x

"Lu"

A complex Graphite portrait with two additional cameos

This complex portrait was drawn in memory of a very well loved and admired working Italian Spinone, "Lu"

His owners were recently devastated by his loss and wanted something extra special to commemorate his wonderful nature.

I composed this montage from some of their favourite images, each of which evoke memories of some very special moments in his life.

Contact me if you would like something special to immortalise your own beloved pet.

An Italian Spinone Portrait by Kay Prior

"Csinos"

An A3  graphite pencil drawing

This portrait in memory of Csinos was recently commissioned as a very special birthday present.

I did my very best not to allow the surprise to escape as I worked on the portrait with very little contact from the client for guidance.

Fortunately I am very familiar with the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla breed, having owned them myself and Csinos was well received by my client and the Birthday boy 

"Lily"

A 12' x 16" pastel portrait 

This cute little Cairn Terrier was recently  requested by a friend of her owner, the photographs available were limited and mostly taken in artificial light ,so it was a challenge to get her coat colour just so.

I no longer offer pastel as a medium for portraits, but I made an exception for this longstanding client as all her previous commissions were painted in pastels

I am happy to say that "Lily" has now been approved and  gifted to her owner

A pastel portrait of a Cairn Terrier

Quinn~Rose

10" x 8" graphite and coloured pencil

This is Quinn~Rose, a beautiful German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) who's American owners recently commissioned me to draw.

Although I mostly work in pure graphite pencil these days, they requested a little colour ,so I have added subtle tones to her coat and pure colour to her eyes with coloured pencils.

If you would like a similar style portrait of your pet simple send me a message via the contact form for a free quote

A graphite pet portrait by Kay Prior

"Frankie"

A 16" x 16" graphite pencil drawing

Frankie is a very handsome, blue ,Staffordshire bull terrier, his owners had their previous SBT painted by me and came with a request for a graphite portrait of Frankie which I was more than happy to create for them, he is now framed in a lovely simple black frame with a silver line detail and hangs pride of place on their wall.

If you would like a similar style portrait drawn of your own pet , I would be happy to help...send me a message via my contact form and I will get back to you asap

 

 

Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla drawing by Kay Prior

"Floyd....Like an arra"

A3 Graphite pencil drawing

This commission has been quite a while in the making, with lengthy negotiations regarding ref photos and composition.

 Sadly during this process Floyd passed away and the portrait took on even more significance as a memorial piece to honour him.

Floyd was  a loyal companion, a dedicated working dog and also beloved family member.

"Alfie"

12"x 16" CP portrait

Alfie's portrait was a new challenge for me, as it was the first time I have used coloured pencil for the purpose, I am currently trying to limit my artwork to Graphite pencils, but with this in mind I decided to try using some colour.

I am happy with the  result and confident that I can offer this medium alongside my monochrome pencil work.

If you would like to commission a similar style portrait of your pet please head over to my contact form to start a conversation

Portrait of a black cat in pastels by Kay Prior

"Henry"

12" x 16" pastel portrait

I recently had the pleasure of painting this gorgeous domestic short hair cat called Henry 

It was requested as a birthday present by a returning  customer who supplied some lovely sunny photographs making my job such a pleasure!  

"Fudge"

16"x 20" acrylic on canvas

This portrait of Fudge was commissioned by her owners to celebrate their much adored Labradoodle, they gave me lots of insight to her wonderful character and requested a background to illustrate one of her favourite places.

Shortly after the painting was delivered I received this lovely message

"Kay, thank you so much, an absolutely stunning picture.                  Jackie noticed the three people in the background, what a nice touch. You certainly got Fudge off to a T.  You are an incredible artist!       Many thanks again....Bill & Jackie

Labradoodle portrait in Acrylics by kay prior
Graphite spaniel portrait by Kay Prior

"Rafa"

40 x 40 cm graphite pencil drawing

I was originally  asked to paint this gorgeous Cocker spaniel in acrylics but my client had a last minute change of heart and decided on a graphite drawing instead.

 Being a black dog it is always a client concern that the drawing might end up looking flat, but I reassured them and had a thoroughly enjoyable time capturing the adorable nature of  fun loving Rafa and am happy to report that my clients love the result, it was gifted to my clients wife who sent me this lovely reaction.

"It is perfect! I cried when I opened it as it was such a lovely surprise! You really have captured him amazingly well and it has pride of place on the wall."........Thank you so much...Luisa

"Lulu"

12" x 16" Acrylic

This sweet little terrier is Lulu,  she is a tiny dog with a big personality which I hope I have captured in the portrait, painted for another returning client who's previous JRT I had painted many years ago in Oils

My client sent this lovely response when he accepted the portrait

"Kay, excuse my grammar but that's Bloody Marvellous, Brilliant, you haven't lost your touch, full marks and many thanks.                                        What an incredible gift you have for painting, I would love to do that.   Many thanks .....Dave"

Terrier painting By Kay Prior
Black Labradors painted by Kay Prior

"Suggs & Tess"

12" x 16" pastels

Strictly speaking i no longer offer pastel commissions but this was a special request from a regular client and when I saw the dogs i couldn't resist.

Both dogs had  suffered abuse in the hands of a previous owner and their faces just beam with happiness now that they are settled in a safe and loving home, I hope I have managed to capture that in my portrait

Vizsla trio

Watercolour

Painted for a returning client, these three working dogs were a treat to portray in a gorgeous setting looking across a lake in the owners land, i particularly enjoyed trying to capture the early evening light and the shadows cast by the fully focussed dogs. 

Hunting Vizslas painted by Kay Prior
Equine headstudy in watercolour by Kay Prior

"Bells"

16" x 20" watercolour

I was asked to paint Bells by a family member as a memorial to a super pony, rock steady and loved by everyone, she is much missed.

I decided to challenge myself to a new working process using watercolour on a solid clayboard surface that has been varnished, eliminating the need for framing.

The finished painting still has a watercolour look but has the bonus of being instantly ready to hang.

I enjoyed this process and will now be offering this option for commissions.

"Alfie" Cocker Spaniel

A real treat for me to paint this lovely boy who I had the pleasure to meet many times in his younger years, Alfie sadly passed away in 2020 and is much missed by his owners who supplied a real assortment of images for reference, I chose to paint from a typically happy photo of him at the beach, as with so many dogs it was one of his favourite places.

This is a small portrait at just 12" x 12" but as a memorial to a much loved family member it certainly packs a punch! RIP Alfie x

I commissioned a portrait of our beloved dog who sadly passed away a few months before Christmas. Kay was fantastic to work with and kept me updated all the way. The finished portrait is beautiful and perfectly captures the personality and likeness of Alfie. It was a gift for my husband for Christmas - he was absolutely delighted and Alfie's portrait now hangs proudly in our home. I would highly recommend Kay.

Cocker Spaniel portrait by Kay Prior
Portrait of two DSH cats by Kay Prior

Lily & Poppy 

2020 ended on a high note for me with a rare commission for a cat portrait!

I knew I would enjoy this one as soon as the request came in, these two beauties are Lily (tortie & white)and Poppy (B/W) sisters by birth but completely different characters, I composed the painting from separate photographs, as (despite their close proximity in the portrait) my client had no photos of them together, stating that they rarely interact!

 

Italian Spinone portrait painted by Kay Prior

"Lucca" Italian Spinone 

Another Birthday surprise was this 16"x20" acrylic portrait in memory of this much loved Spinone.

In true breed tradition Lucca had a real affinity with water and his owner requested this rather unusual composition, it was a challenge to paint such a soggy wet dog but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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