It started with Charlie!

I am a dog lover first, artist second. And that’s how my pet portrait business started!

My passion is working with my clients to truly understand what they want out of their portrait, so that together, we can plan and develop what will be a beautiful painting of their pet that will give them happy memories forever.

I believe in kindness, loyalty, honesty and value. These four things are not just how I try to live my life and run my business, they are characteristics of the pets we love and what they give us and bring to our lives.

For me, it is important to bring these principles into my work; you can be assured that what you get from commissioning a painting from me will not only result in a stunning and unique keepsake to treasure for years to come but also a great customer experience. Don't just take my word for it, have a look at the testimonial further down this page.

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The main reason I paint is to make people happy. There is nothing better than seeing the pet owner’s reaction when they see the finished painting for the first time; it gives me warm and fuzzy feelings of delight and satisfaction. Here's the reaction of one happy recipient of a pet portrait on a slate heart.

Dawn Owen Pet Portrait Artist Clebran

My name is Dawn Owen and I started painting pets a couple of years ago, after getting our Labrador, Charlie. I used to paint landscapes and seascapes as a hobby but after moving from Anglesey in North Wales to Worcestershire, life got busy, work was stressful, and I didn’t have time to paint. So after 25 years working for the NHS, I realised that I needed to change my work-life balance and gave up the day job! I now spend my days painting, doing a bit of other freelance stuff (yep, there are bills to pay!) and most importantly, enjoying time with Charlie – usually walking him on the beautiful Malvern Hills.

In general, visitors like you who come to this page are either:

  • Pet owners who are thinking of getting a portrait of their beloved pet – please have a look at my gallery to see some examples of recent paintings; if you need any help with choosing the type of painting to commission, you are welcome to contact me for a chat about what would be your perfect picture.

  • Someone who is looking for a surprise special gift to give to a loved one (and maybe wondering how to get a great photo of the pet without the owner knowing! Don’t worry, I can help with some tips on that)

  • Another artist who is having a look to see if my stuff is better or worse than yours (gotcha! – I’ve done this too! Welcome my fellow artist, I hope you enjoy what you see. Feel free to give me some feedback!) 
  • Whatever the purpose of your visit to my site, a great place to start is with my products page. This will give you an idea of the kind of paintings I create, the materials used and the sizes and prices.
    I am here to help with any questions you may have or if you need advice on what would be the best type of portrait to buy; just send me an email or give me a call on 01684 252112.

    Pet Portrait Testimonial Recommendation

    Alfie the Cockapoo

    Sue Nutt

    "I received a pet portrait on canvas as a gift. I was absolutely overwhelmed with the quality and spot-on likeness to my Cockapoo. Thank you so much Dawn! It will take pride of place in our home.  The packaging for protection in the post was superb"