However, being a bit arty myself and having an appreciation for contemporary art I was not going to have what I would call an “old lady” oil or watercolour portrait; the kind of portrait that is really only ever appreciated by the owner and a little cringe-worthy for all those made to appreciate it by the dogs owner. I wanted a portrait that could be a piece of art in itself that should take pride of place not only in my home but equally anyone’s (even those without a dog!).
When I came across Jo’s Illustration website and her portrait of the French Bulldog I knew instantly that this was exactly the style that I had been looking for; and the fact that she was a free lance artist and did not just do pet portraits sold it even more….this is art not just a portrait.
I emailed Jo and sent her some photos of Ellie so she could get a feel for her character and left it to her to come up with everything, I had no other input other than that. When the print arrived I was thrilled, it went above and beyond any expectations that I had. The print is beautiful and it will be treasured forever.
I cannot recommend Jo enough, and I have yet found anyone else with a better portrait of their pet to date. I will be using Jo again in the future….and in time may build up a nice triptych of dog portraits!
~Lisa Coulston, Scotland