Sara Abbott - Portrait Artist - Pet Portraits Artists in Steyning, West Sussex

Sara Abbott - Portrait Artist

Unit P, Cobblestone Walk
74 High Street
West Sussex
BN44 3RD
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  • Renowned pet portrait artist
  • Contemporary oil paintings
  • I visit to meet and photograph your dog
  • Dogs, cats or any other animals
  • Perfectly captured for life
  • Works to commission & for exhibition

Sara Abbott - Portrait Artist

Sara Abbott - Portrait Artist - Pet Portraitist In West Sussex

I have been painting professionally for over 15 years. My work ranges from the disciplined, formal, oil on canvas portraits to highly decorative animal works, large format landscapes using spray and oil paint and delicate nudes and still life works.

Sara Abbott - Portrait Artist

A studio move now has me located back in Sussex, in the beautiful village of Steyning. I will be re-establishing contacts with Brighton galleries but continuing to visit clients for private commissions around the country.

I’ve been commissioned to paint 100s of dogs over the years.  The responsibility for creating a piece of work that will become a family heirloom, lasting more than a lifetime, is one I take very seriously. Meeting each dog with their human family is an important ingredient in my work and so I will visit, wherever possible, for a gentle photo shoot at the dog’s home.

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Once a month I do a ’round Britain trip’ from my studio in Sussex to visit clients and deliver finished paintings all over the country. A photo shoot usually takes an hour with the choice of the final image and background colour resting with the client.

Even for posthumous portraits, if possible, I like to visit, to hear stories of your dog and look through your treasured photos for the right one for me to work from.

These works are created in oil and spray paint, the most popular size is 60 x 60cm and I use a deep edge canvas, taking the colour around the sides, the work is delivered ready to hang.

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I have a six month waiting list so a deposit is taken to secure a slot in my work load.

Loose Sketch
In addition to the formal portraits I am pleased to offer loose sketches on fine artists paper, also created using oil and spray paint with pencil detail. For these works clients need to send a suitable photograph. The finished works are supplied rolled in a tube and so would need framing by the client.

A deposit is required to secure a slot in my work schedule and there is a six months waiting list for these also.

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“ I have been following the progress of this remarkable Artist for the past 10 years. Her work is renowned thoroughout the world and I am pleased to own 5 of her painted cows, they have hung in my house and been admired by friends. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting a portrait, her love of animals has lead Sara in the direction she takes today of capturing the sprit and soul of every animal. You will not be disapointment. ”

- Jenny wilkins

“i have had the pleasure of seeing Sara's work displayed and seeing her work, a very talented lady who captures animals expressions like I've not seen before, Sara takes time to photograph the dogs then capture their beauty which just looks so life like, want to have plenty more dogs just do Sara can paint for me again, A true artist who I greatly admire, ”

- Kim Scott

“Dear Sara Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most beautiful and stunning portraits that you did of Willoughby and Daisie for my husband's birthday. I am sat here trying to find words but Andrew's face when he finally got through all the packaging 😊 was absolutely priceless, filled with emotion and speechless! - I will never forget that moment. You always seem to capture the spirit of the animals you're painting and I think that's because you take the time to personally photograph them and get to know them and that goes into your work. I can see every hair on their head, every glint in their eye and I can 'feel' them - the texture of their fur, the softness of their ears, and their floppy chops as my husband says. Something we will have and treasure forever! You have been an absolute pleasure to work with, thank you for helping me keep the secret for months, it has been worth every second and every penny. I hope you don't mind but I've posted pictures and a link to your website on my FB page and also on Westcountry Beagles and Beagle Talk UK pages. Keep in touch, all the very best, Lots of love, hugs, woofs and licks! Julie, Andrew, Willoughby and Daisie xxxx ”

- Julie

“Sara is an outstanding artist with an amazing talent. Her portraits are true to life & capture the animals personality perfectly. She raises funds yearly & is very dedicated towards animal charities.”

- The Good Guide Team

“Brilliant, brilliant work... I am almost tempted to go and get me a dog so that you could paint it! ;o)”

- Ian Williams

“I too, am a dog/cat potrait painter. I love your backgrounds and the expressions on the dogs. We need to get more love in this world- and a potrait of a happy loving dog on the wall goes a long way to creating that~”

- Ann Marie Hoff

“I came across your work through the Facebook site Dogs Trust. The examples of the dog portraits have captured my attention; the dogs expressions, the colors of the fur, they are so life-like! Beautiful, beautiful work! You are a very talented artist!”

- Lisa Fekete

“Thanks so much for the wonderful portrait of Max, our lovely dog. You have captured him perfectly, especially the eyes. It is a perfect addition to the painting of Bluebell, the cow, that John bought earlier for my birthday. I love them both.”

- john & jeanette fleming

“Thankyou so much for our portrait of our Briard Tilly, we are amazed that you captured both her essence as a character and expression even without her eyes,all our friends are really impressed and as I write I know friends are in touch re their red Lab Norman,many thanks”

- Em Bohannon

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