Sara Abbott Studio - Pet Portraits Artists in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Sara Abbott Studio

2nd Floor
Salem Community Centre
Hebden Bridge
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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 – Pet Portrait Artist
I have been painting professionally for 20 years. Unique in the fact I visit my clients nationally to meet and photograph their animals, my works hold not only the necessary likeness but by meeting my subjects I’m able to paint their soul and character, an obvious important ingredient in my works.

Ranging from the disciplined, ‘Formal oil on Canvas’ portraits, I also offer ‘Loose Sketches on Paper’ and an ‘A3 Minis in Mixed Media’. A style and budget for everyone.

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Most importantly, I donate part of my fee to dogs in rescue in your dog’s name, £100 from the Formal works, £25 from the Loose Sketches and £5 from the A3 Mini works, please visit the charity page of my website to see past campaigns.  I’m eternally grateful to all my clients over the years, together we have sent £1000s to the front line of dog rescue.

A studio move now has me located in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, but I continue my visits to clients for private commissions around the country, so distance is absolutely not an issue.  I am able to meet and do photoshoots outside and so can carry on my work following safety guidelines re covid.

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.

I’m often asked to create posthumous portraits where a meeting is not possible, in this instance a telephone conversation with the client about the character and working from a selection of photos available allows me to connect with dogs no longer walking by our sides.

Formal Oil on Canvas
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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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, these works are approx. 50 x 60cm. For these works clients need to send a suitable photograph. The finished paintings are supplied rolled in a tube and need framing by the client under glass.

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A3 Mini, Mixed Media
These little works are just smaller versions of the Loose Sketches, so I need a suitable photo to work from, again they are sent rolled in a tube ready for you to frame under glass.

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For all of the above a 50% deposit is required to secure a slot in my work schedule, there is currently a three months waiting list. Please send me a message and I can let you have a full pricing details.

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“We commissioned Sara to create a portrait of our beloved Shih Tzu, Kayla. Sara made the whole experience very special, she photographed Kayla and spent time getting to know her. This is so important as it has enabled her to produce a portrait which captures Kayla’s personality. Sara takes the time to make sure the expression, colours and every hair are correct. She is an incredibly talented artist and has truly created a piece of work we will treasure forever, immortalising our very special wee dog. Sara very generously supports many animal charities with her work, including two of our favourites, Cavalier Matters and Blue Highlands Bird Rescue. ”

- Trevor and Nicki Hughes

“Sara painted a beautiful portrait of my labrador Max. He left this world far too soon and this portrait was done posthumously but Sara captured everything about him perfectly. I love being able to see his gorgeous face every day now. Thank you so much Sara.”

- Wendy Pockett

“Sara is the most amazing artist. She somehow captures the living essence of her subject, you expect them to move! She captured the characture and spirit of my greyhound, along with his smile. I treasure his portrait.”

- Anne Grace

“ 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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