Juliet's studio overlooks the beautiful Golden Valley of the Cotswolds

Juliet trained and worked as a designer for 15 years and has worked in chalk pastels for more than 20 years. In 2009 she set up her specialist portrait studio. She displays in galleries around the south-west of England and works to commission from her design studio overlooking the Golden Valley in Gloucestershire.
On the easel now; the latest lucky doggie having his portrait drawn

"I create individual, hand-crafted portraits in pastel of your dog or horse. My aim is to capture a unique moment in your pet's life. I will always work with you to make sure that your pet's portrait brings out the character and uniqueness of your pet, so that you have much more than just a likeness or a picture.

Over the years of creating animal portraits I have found that portraits drawn from photographs - if well taken, are always as successful as those where I am able to meet the animal in person. If you live within 20 miles or so from my my studio in Gloucestershire and would like me to meet your pet in person, I am happy to travel to your home to meet your pet.

If you live further away, I can still create a top quality portrait from well taken photographs and I can advise on how to get the best photograph for me to work from. It is sometimes also useful to send a tiny sample of fur, so that I can match the colour exactly as different lights can show this as different hues.

Dogs tend to be consistent in their coats throughout the year, but horses tend to look best in their summer coats, so photographs or visits are best made in the summer months for horses.

Natural light is important to all artists and pet portraits are no different. I always work only with natural light in my studio - which makes for short drawing days in the winter months. Photographs taken outside in natural light will always give a superior portrait to those taken inside, because of the effects of natural light on the colour of the animal's coat.

I want you to be delighted with your portrait and will always work with you to ensure you receive exactly what you want from your commission. Please feel free to get in touch if you are thinking of a portrait even if you are unsure and would just like to discuss the idea - there is no pressure.

Terms & Conditions

Finishing touches
Pastel drawings and oil paintings on flat canvas or paper need framing (whereas box–framed canvases or board can be framed or hung just as they are). This finishing touch is an important and personal thing and I am happy to arrange for framing after we have had a chat about your preferences and budget. I use a professional maker of frames for artists and galleries who frame for major galleries and know my work well, so I would highly recommend this option to get the very best effect.

I include secure postage to you (as long as you are in mainland UK) at no extra charge. If you want the work sent to a non-UK mainland address, I will let you know in advance what the additional cost will be.

I (the artist, Juliet Matthews), am not responsible for artwork that is damaged, lost or stolen during transit. If you (the customer) wish to insure the artwork during transit, this must agreed with me before posting and will be charged at cost.

I ( the artist Juliet Matthews) reserve the right to use the your comments about the artwork for marketing and advertising purposes. All artwork created by me (Juliet Matthews) and all images shown on this website remain the copyright ownership of me (Juliet Matthews). I (Juliet Matthews) retain the right to use images of the original artwork for any purpose including marketing and publicity purposes. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.