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


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!


Jack Russell portrait by Kay Prior
JRT portrait by Kay prior
JRT portrait by Kay Prior
JRT portrait by Kay Prior

"Snoopy" Jack Russell

Gorgeous Snoopy was a familiar face for me to portray, as I have previously painted his Dad Benny not once but twice!

This cheeky little JRT has strong family resemblance to his dad but is a very different little character, I had to re-employ my old pastels for this commission as my client wanted some continuity with the previous portraits.

I am really pleased with the new portrait and think they will look great together!

"Andor"  Hungarian Vizsla

I recently had the utmost pleasure to be asked to paint Andor, at 14 years old he is a most dignified elderly gentleman, his owner requested a 12"x 16" traditional acrylic on canvas painting to be presented to her husband for his birthday, the painting was completed with a simple black tray frame.

Kay Prior with her acrylic portrait of Andor the Vizsla

"Tilly"  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Acrylic on  a 12" x 16" canvas 

I was recently commissioned to paint "Tilly" a gorgeous little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Tilly's portrait was painted traditionally with acrylic paints on canvas, she was fresh from the groomers and wearing a little ribbon which added some charm to the portrait.

If you would like a similar style of painting of your own pet please hit the button below to get in touch, I am more than happy to supply a quote for any size painting you require.

An Acrylic portrait of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Kay Prior
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.