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|Isabel Clark (BA) Honours Fine Art|
BA (Hons) Fine Art
to create a unique and special gift.
If you do not have any clear, close up photos of your pet, take some NOW.
Coventry, England - My Home Town
(A Brief Glimpse of Tile Hill - My Home Area)
1992 - 2003
I am a qualified artist working from home in oils, watercolours and occasionally pencil.
My greatest loves are animals (pets and wild creatures), the environment, and painting animals in oils orwatercolours, although I also very much enjoy painting, landscapes, flowers, people and buildings. I feel so lucky being able to combine the two great loves in my life - pet dogs, cats, indeed all pets, and wild animals, with my love of painting pet portraits and landscape paintings.
Having many pets of my own I know just how precious they are to us and what a special gift a portrait of a beloved pet is. Even more so when our pet has sadly died. Many of my commissions are memorials to much loved pets and they are a lasting tribute to a lost friend.
My greatest hates are the concreting over of our rapidly decreasing countryside, dangerous littering which damages wildlife, political correctness and political interference in the minutiae of our personal lives, overwhelming surveillance of this Country's people, denigration of our wonderful country's history by MPs who think it is their right to milk the expenses system or even fiddle it, and above all the EU. I consider the EU a corrupt organisation which has wrought havoc on much of our Country's industries, farming and fishing, with MEPs who are too often just riding the Brussels gravy train and only seem to give a token representation of this Country's interests.
Now back to my paintings - I have many requests for pet portraits as Christmas gifts. If this is the case, please do get your pet portraits orders in well before December. I would hate to have to turn anybody down because it was too late. In fact, if you want the pet portrait for Christmas, send the order in right away. The important thing is to get that important Christmas order in for your Pet Portraits so you are at the front of the queue.
The majority of my commissions for pet portraits come through the mail and from many parts of the world - the USA, Canada, Australia, Continental Europe, Eire, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and my own country, England.
I need at least one CLEAR photograph of the subject you wish me to paint. The clarity of the photo is crucial to the quality of the finished portrait. A 6"x4" photo is quite large enough, so long as the subject is just about filling the frame and is clear and in focus. I need to see the small details of the subject so that the original and unique character of your pet, person or place is retained in the finished portrait.
Although I have painted for as long as I can remember, I obtained a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art from The Lanchester Polytechnic (Coventry University) in 1982, and have been working as a professional artist for many years now, painting pet portraits of dogs, cats and all animals as well as cars, houses, landscapes and flowers.
I care very much about animal welfare, the natural environment and the sympathetic care of my Country's heritage. I love England and feel very passionately about the urgent need to care for the English countryside with it's various wildlife and wildlife habitats. It is only by caring for their habitats that some of our most pressured wild animals, birds and plants have any chance of flourishing. We should all do our best to alleviate some of the harm man has done and try to prevent further harm.
My Home Life
My home is a small house on the outskirts of Coventry, in the Midlands of England, where I share a home with my brother Reg, three rescue dogs (Grip and Tarn), one cat, Rosa. and three goldfish in the garden pond called, George (red and white), Georgy Girl (also red and white) and Jack (red, white and blue).
I had a wild mallard duck for many years after she had been swept away from her mother in a violent storm. My son, who was about 13 years old, told the River Warden about the tiny duckling's plight, and was told him that he could have the duckling if he could get her as she would die without her mother. So, of course, what did my son do? Yes, he jumped into the river fully clothed and plucked her out of the water.
During the years we had "Me-Too", she went almost everywhere with us. I am afraid she had no idea she was a duck and cuddled up with the dogs to sleep.
My son Paul is now grown and he lives just around the corner from me, with my two young grandsons, Daniel and Jacob.
Within a few yards of my home are woods and fields and the dogs have great fun romping through the trees and meadows.
Mitzi, my 17 years old terrier, sadly died on 28th February 2002, sadly followed 12 weeks later, on 31st May by Percy, our 17years old mongrel.
On 27 January 2003, we lost our beautiful cat Tansy to bowel cancer. She was not woken up from her exploratory operation, and allowed to peacefully pass on before things became too bad for her.
Then, just a short while later, on 3 March 2003, our lovely, 16 years old Border Terrier Quake also sadly died.
2004 - 2005
Tremor, my little black Fell Terrier, was just a month away from her 14th birthday when she also sadly died the following year on 14 April 2004. Her health had deteriorated after having a stroke in January 2004. She went blind very young but always had lots of energy and enthusiasm for life.
You couldn't tell Tremor was blind from the way she played with the other dogs and went swimming in the pond at every opportunity. She had an abiding passion for swimming and indulged it whenever she could. She did need a careful eye kept on her though, in the water and out, and a warning "MIND!" shouted if she was racing towards a tree, or a quick call if she had lost her bearings. When I had to shout "MIND!" to her, she skidded to a stop immediately and then felt her way slowly until I shouted the all clear signal which is "OK THEN!" Then she was off on her mad chases again.
2006 - 2008
We now have Breeze, a Border Collie mix, whom we re-homed from the Dogs Trust at Honiley, Warwickshire. After a while a Border Collie called Skye, whom we had been watching during the day, stayed with us for longer and longer periods and now, it appears, she is ours. It is safer we have her anyway, as she dislocated her hip 3 times and that would have been disastrous if nobody had been at home. I work from home so can check on her constantly.
In 2007 we also acquired Borage, an English Springer Spaniel. We just looked after him during the day at first but his owner realised that he was very fond of Skye and Breeze and did not like being away from them and they also had a very demanding job, with not much time to spare, so I think he is ours too now.
On 31 August 2008, Skye broke her cruciate ligament and was not able to walk on that leg. We had her booked in for an operation on 8 September 2008, to overcome the problem of the broken cruciate ligament, a TPLO. This involved cutting through the bone and re-aligning it with the lower limb, then screwing a plate on. During the surgery, they found she had also damaged her cartilage and they had to remove about half of it. Unfortunately, this means she will eventually have arthritis in that knee but the operation appears to have gone well and he was a good vet.
However, just after her operation, when the vet and nurse tried to make their post-op check, Skye was too scared would not let them near her leg and eventually landed on her back scrabbling, absolutely terrified. In the end, the vet phoned me up and explained they were having problems checking her as she was too distressed. I asked, "Would you like us to come and pick her up?" I have never heard such relief in a person's voice. Well, we picked her up after the vet had given her a pain-killing injection to last that first night and Skye seems to have progressed very nicely since then. Skye recovered well from this operation although her wiggly walk is now very pronounced.
2008 - 2009
In July 2009 Skye broke her other cruciate ligament in her right leg and we are going through the same procedure as in 2008. See Skye's page.
Unfortunately, this year we lost both our Guinea Pigs. Even the vet did not know what they had. However, one day Tommy and Tufty the Guinea Pigs were fine so far as anybody could tell. The following day they looked a little quiet but only seemed a bit off. However, I made an appointment as early as I could at the vets which was the following day. By this time (the 2nd day of them appearing not quite right) the Guinea Pigs had deteriorated terribly overnight and Tufty died while the vet was examining him. Tommy died at home despite have antibiotics and everything the vet could dose him with. If anybody can give me a clue as to what catastrophe befell these lovely little boys, I would be most grateful.
After a while we felt we could offer a couple of Guinea Pigs a home with all new cages etc in case of any unknown infectious problem from our previous pigs being on their equipment. So, Pip and Squeak arrived. Two males aged 8 weeks. Well, the store said they were both males. However, we now know that Pip is definitely a little girl so we may well have some little ones in a month or so. I was a bit annoyed at the error as Pip is such a young pig. I just hope she manages everything OK if she is indeed pregnant. They are now separated until we can get Squeak neutered.
We still have Rosa, the cat, whose sister Tansy we lost some years back. Rosa is getting on a bit but, apart from total deafness and a little senility, her health seems fine at the moment.
Most of the fish in the garden pond also seem very well but, unfortunately, Fred, a large goldfish aged about 8 years old has disappeared. His partner Freda is still there but there is no sign of Fred. I do not know what happened to him, whether a Heron has had him, (they do fly overhead) or a neighbour's cat or even one of my own pets. Anyway, he is not there anymore.
2012 August 3 - My Dark Tortoiseshell cat Rosa aged 18.5 years, had to be put to sleep. Her health was fine throughout her life apart from her losing her hearing in old age, but suddenly she went downhill, so although we do miss her we could not make her hang on any longer.
There is no
death. the stars go down to rise upon some other shore. And bright in Heaven's
jeweled crown, they shine for ever more.
- John Luckey Mccreery -
Wild flowers, such as foxgloves, bluebells, primroses, meadow cowslips, ladies smock, buttercups, and violets, grow in abundance and the area is home to foxes, voles, field mice, moles, Muntjacs deer, owls, lapwings, pheasants, woodcocks, kestrels,buzzards, peregrine falcons, Bluetits, Longtailed tits, bullfinches. There is also a wonderful variety of butterflies, assorted dragonflies including the huge emperor dragonfly and so many other birds and animals I couldn't possibly mention them all.
The nearby pond is also home to more animals, mallard ducks, moorhens, frogs, toads, Great Crested Newts, Smooth Newts, Stickle-back fish, minnows, water boatmen and a myriad assorted other water creatures and insects, some of which are quite rare.
One of my greatest pleasures is wandering through the meadows with my dogs, sketchbook in hand, watching the English spring scenery pass on into summer and autumn and then watch the autumn leaves fall before the first snows of winter. Nobody has to be rich to enjoy these pleasures but how poor are those who can find no pleasure in them.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details or samples of my work, or if you have any query or just want a chat.
If you want a really unusual and special gift for a pet or animal lover for Christmas, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Easter, Anniversaries, Retirements, Presentations or any other celebration, a portrait of a beloved pet is always a unique and very welcome gift. Whether it is a dog painting, cat painting, horse painting, wild animal painting, bird painting, child or adult human painting or a painting of someone's home and garden, it will bring delight and surprise to the recipient.
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