Wonky Dogs Portraits
'High Dyke View', oil stick on paper, 2016
(c) photograph Elli Dean
'Crop Fields At Honington', oil stick on paper, 2016
Sarah's other artistic passion lies with semi-abstract landscapes which she also makes in the open air, in pastels, charcoal and watercolour. She is widely exhibited, with one woman shows in Lincolnshire and the Lake District.
You can see more of her 'other 'work at www.sarahwatsonfineart.com.
Whilst starting primarily with dogs – hence the name of course – Sarah soon started to take on animals of all shapes and sizes.
To date, she has been commissioned portraits of dogs, cats, horses, bulls, sheep, ducks and even a life size flamingo!
In 2013, she was commissioned by Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk, famous for its reality TV series, to paint the animals there exclusively for its greetings cards and merchandise. Sarah could now add rheas, turkeys, chickens, llamas, pigs and even butterflies to her roster of portraits! See commercial artwork for images.
Sarah Watson graduated from De Montfort University with a First Class degree
in Combined Arts in 1994. A career in the music industry followed, during which she continued to paint commissions in portraiture and abstraction.
In 2009, she left London to return to her roots in Rutland to pursue her painting and drawing full time, finally settling in neighboring Lincolnshire.
Combining her passion for art with her love of animals, Sarah set up her business‘Wonky Dogs’, specializing in expressive, contemporary animal portraiture. As a fan of cutting edge interior design, she noticed a lack of portraiture being offered to animal lovers with a sense of style and panache, and this is where Sarah's work hits the more 'arty' spot.
She prides herself on capturing the character of the animal - those idiosyncratic features that perfectly sum up its unique personality. Whatever the format or medium of your portrait commission, Sarah will always ask for the first three words that immediately spring to mind when you think of your dog or cat, horse or even cow … no cheating or editing is allowed! So if your immediate thoughts are 'greedy, lazy and loving', then that is what Sarah will work with, whether you ordered a pen and watercolour caricature, or a classic pastel portrait. These vital signatures she catches with a flick of the paintbrush or an expressive swish of the pastel.