Sarah Bowman

Animal Portrait Artist

A childhood dream to become an animal portrait artist is now reality. Everyday I think how privileged I am to create these portraits which show the love felt for someone special in our lives.

I graduated from Loughborough College of Art where I first started using gouache, and ever since have been developing techniques in gouache and acrylic which help bring out the layers of colour and textures in all kinds of animals. After graduation I designed for over 10 years within the textiles industry where I always steered towards designs which included birds and animals. It was no surprise to everyone around me that I eventually switched to painting portraits and taking on commissions for both people portraits and animal portraits.

Today, I welcome commissions of all animals, and specialise in dog and horse portraiture. My work has been sold across Europe and America, and I have illustrations used by Liberty’s, The Medici Society and Buckingham Fine Art.

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“Animals have been the one constant in a life-long love affair with art.”

Paint options from an animal portrait artist

Acrylic and gouache are popular paint choices, and my preferred medium for all animal portraits. While both are water-based paints, there are differences in the physical characteristics and the working methods of each type of paint. I can help you choose which medium will work best for what you are trying to achieve with your animal portrait.

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Animal portraits in acrylic

The most common form of acrylic is a plastic latex or emulsion, soluble in water which will adhere to almost any surface, including canvas, wood and paper. I mainly use acrylics on canvas particularly large animal portraits. When I paint in acrylic they are water-soluble giving me plenty of options to create different textures, but once dry, they are waterproof and durable in most environmental conditions.

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Animal portraits in gouache

Gouache is simply opaque watercolour and the most common surface for gouache is paper. Once dry, it remains soluble to water, allowing for blending even after the paint has dried. This also means that finished animal portraits in gouache should be protected behind glass.

Dog Portraits

Capturing the individual personalities of my most commissioned animal

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Horse Portraits

Recreating the grace and power of horses through the medium of paint

Animal Portrait Gallery

Painting the diversity, individuality and unique character of animals

Jenny, Gloucester

Portrait of Archie

"I have been meaning to email you for ages to say how much I LOVE my painting of Archie. I still can't stop looking at it. Needless to say he has pride of place in the kitchen where I can see him all the time and as mad as it sounds I often talk to him!! 
Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are truly AMAZING."

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Copyright notice

Please Note: All artwork on this website remain the copyright of Sarah Bowman Animal Portraits, and is protected by copyright law and must not be used, copied or downloaded without the permission of the artist.

A pet portrait would make a great gift for a loved-one

Please call me on 01295 268516 to discuss a portrait of your animal.

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