PORTRAITS by Kate Marr in Bournemouth, Dorset | Pet Portraits & Art

PORTRAITS by Kate Marr

Montague Road
  • Professional specialising in commissions
  • Captures the character of your loved one
  • Pencil drawings
  • Gouache paintings
  • Oil paintings
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Portraits by Kate Marr

Portraits by Kate Marr

I make beautiful heart-warming portraits that capture the essence of each individual. Each portrait is a unique drawing or painting of people or pets. Please contact me to commission.

Commission a beautifully drawn or painted portrait which captures the character and essence of your loved one.  Please let me know your portrait idea and I will guide you through the commission process. Initially we will talk about your idea, the individual's character and which size and media you would prefer. You are welcome to see my portfolio and work at my studio in Bournemouth. I usually start working from a photo. Send me your photos, or I can arrange to take them for you instead. I will create a mock up using the selected photo, and then begin the portrait once this is confirmed. If necessary I can work from sittings later on. I will keep you updated on its progress, and just before completion you will be able to review and suggest changes. Finally you will receive an incredible, heart-warming portrait!

Pets Portraiture


Top quality materials are used to give the best results.

Pencil drawings: I use pencil on thick acid free off-white cartridge paper for drawings, which usually take 1-2 weeks. 

Gouache paintings: Designer’s gouache gives vivid bright colours, delicate details and depth by building up the composition in layers.  Gouache is similar to watercolour but has brighter pigments and is opaque.  Gouache paintings take 1 week – 1 month.

Oil paintings: The oils I use are predominately handmade, and provide beautiful rich colours.  Oils take 1-2 months.  I can varnish your portrait with exhibition varnish when the painting is touch dry, but it will require another coat of varnish after 1-2 years as oils take a long time to fully dry out, I can do this or a local reputable artist should be able to do this for you if you live far away.

Please contact me should you have a short deadline, and I will let you know what is possible.



Prices vary according to size and detail. I can make portraits in all variations from single head and shoulder, half body, full body, group portraits, and work up to any size. Please contact me for a quote, including your contact details, budget and portrait idea. I am very happy to answer any questions you might have.


Please email me your best photos. Clear, well-lit in natural light photos are most helpful.  If it is easier I can take photos for you in my studio at Bournemouth for £20 per hour.


Your portrait can be framed using standard or bespoke frames.



Portraits can be posted to you, or you can collect them from Bournemouth free of charge.  All portraits can be shipped to UK destinations within a few days of their completion, and shipping abroad will possibly take a little longer.


Pets portraits


Look beneath the surface and you find a unique innate nature in each of us. Moving beyond appearances, my work describes the character, essence, and soulfulness of each individual. The purpose of my art practice is to encourage the viewer to connect with the subject, to wonder what they are thinking and to see who they really are.

Kate Marr Fine Art BA (Hons) grew up in Surrey where she found it a joy creating artwork in various media. She used colour to create lively paintings full of vitality, focusing on themes of music, dance and figures. Kate completed a foundation degree at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and Fine Art degree at Plymouth University. Here she experimented with mixed media, video, and painting. Her work centred on contemporary dance, capturing its movement, flow, energy and colour. She explored meaning, connection and purpose behind art, and wrote her dissertation on the link between art and spirituality.

After completing her degree she moved to London and started specialising in portraiture. Her work focuses on bringing out the liveliness, essence and character of the individual and imbues each work with rich and energetic tones. Kate will create the perfect portrait for you that will wow and touch your heart. She now lives in Bournemouth creating and selling portraits to individuals or galleries, and takes commissions from around the world. Please contact her for more information.




“I asked Kate to do a portrait of my girlfriends cat for Christmas and the final drawling was absolutely superb. The drawing was done in the exact style I requested and I was kept fully updated on the progress of it. I would absolutely recommend Kate! ”

black paw black paw black paw black paw black paw - Will Emerson

“My Gran loved the portrait, thank you so much. We would rate you and your service 5 stars. You really helped us out at such a busy time of year. The portrait was lovely and was such a great likeness. It was sent and received very quickly from me approving the final picture sent. It was well packaged to keep it safe. You kept constant contact throughout so we were kept up to date. Thank you so much for such an amazing service.”

black paw black paw black paw black paw black paw - Gemma

“Kate provided a professional, friendly and efficient service from start to finish. Guiding us through the process and helping us to make a decision for which medium and size painting to choose. Kate did a lovely photo shoot with our children and then we chose a photo for her to work from to create our beautiful portrait. We now have a heart warming, delightful painting that captures our precious children so well and we can treasure this piece of art forever. Thank you!”

black paw black paw black paw black paw black paw - Samantha Matthews

“Kate is an exceptional artist who captures both the body and soul of her subject. Her work is technically excellent and a wonderful representation of life. Not only is she a great talent but she is also a joy to commission and work with.”

black paw black paw black paw black paw black paw - Anthony Allison

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