"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

 

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.