Home   Prices & Ordering   Art for Sale   Creating Your portrait   Photographic Tips   Testimonials   Wit & Wisdom   Contact   Links

Faithful Friends Portraits - Beautiful pet portraits, animal art and wildlife paintings in acrylic by Nicky Jones

 

 

 

 

Nicky Jones  -  Animal Artist / Wildlife Artist / Botanical Artist

Covering a wide range of subjects including Animal Art, Pet Portraiture, Pet Art, Animal

Portraits, Animal Paintings, Wildlife Paintings, Wildlife Art, Nature Art, Bird Art,

Miniature Art, Botanical Art, Floral Paintings

 

 

 

 

Painting in my studio.  Nicky Jones - Pet Portrait and Animal Artist.

I have been sketching and painting animals, birds, flowers, and even insects for as long as I can remember, and I have always had a great love of nature and wildlife art.  School projects were often embellished with extra drawings of animals and birds, sometimes to the annoyance of my teachers.  My art teacher even once wrote in my school report ".....she tends to be rather exclusively concerned with horses at the present....."  Having such a great love for animals I even  thought  about  studying  to become a vet, but  science  has  never  been  my  strong  subject.  However, that didn't stop me from bringing home all sorts of waifs and strays!

I think life would be very dull without our amazing furry and feathered friends.  They make the world a more beautiful place to live in and they add humour and amazement to our busy and stressful lives, with their zest for life and survival.  What better way is there to entertain ourselves than to study all creatures great and small?

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

I previously worked with a small group of artists producing hand-painted items for an exclusive interior design shop in Sloane Square, London.  With my ability to produce lifelike pet art and animal portraits from photographs, I accepted the challenge of painting commissioned portraits of animals, mainly miniatures on raw silk, for customers of the shop (see the Miniatures Galleries for examples), and realised I had found my true vocation.    Although the shop has since closed, I now have my own studio which enables me to concentrate on painting portraits of animals as an animal artist for a living.  I receive most of my commissioned work from my website, and from the recommendations of previous customers, many of whom come back for further portraits of other family pets.  I am also now extending my range of wildlife art, animal paintings and nature art.

Painting for a living is something that I have always wanted to do, and it still gives me such a thrill to produce a piece of artwork that someone will treasure for years to come. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting animals for my pleasure, but the real pleasure comes from the look of joy on someone’s face as they are presented with their pet art portrait, or when I receive a letter to say that the portrait of their pet had brought tears to their eyes.

I live in Oxfordshire with my wonderful husband, Leslie, and our two fabulous cats, Jake and Holly. As well as painting animals, my other interests include gardening, dressmaking, and dancing – we run The Oxford Swing Dance Society with friends, teaching weekly Lindy Hop/ Swing dance classes and workshops.

Jake - our black cat

                                     Jake

  Leslie & Me

                                 Leslie & Me

Holly - our tabby cat

                                       Holly

I hope you enjoy your visit to my website.  If you would like to commission a pet art portrait or wildlife painting, or if you would like to leave your comments, then I would love to hear from you.  Please e-mail me, and if you leave your telephone number I will call you back, or you can call me on 01235 529895.

Exhibitions/Galleries/Craft Shows

2013

  • Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013  Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.  Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 June, 10.00am - 5.00pm (4.00pm Saturday).  Exhibiting my Fox painting.
  • Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year Competition 2012 Winners and Highly Commended artists exhibition.  Wednesday 6 to Tuesday 19 February, Osborne Studio Gallery,  2 Motcombe Street, London SW1X 8JU.  Exhibiting two artworks: "Am I Bothered?" (English Bulldog) and my Kingfisher painting.

2012

  • Art in Steventon  Saturday and Sunday 10-11 November 2012, Millennium Room, Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Oxon OX13 6RR.
  • Didcot Town Council 17th Annual Art Exhibition  Saturday 25 - Monday 27 August.  Civic Hall, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7JN.
  • Blewbury Festival of Art 2012  Saturday 31 March - Sunday 1 April.  Blewbury School, Westbrook Street, Blewbury, nr Didcot, Oxon OX11 9QB.

2011

  • Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition.  Roysse Room, The Guildhall, Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3HL.  Saturday 22 October to Saturday 29 October.
  • The RSPCA Blackberry Farm Fun Day and Dog Show.  Blackberry Farm, Blackgrove Road, Quainton, Bucks HP22 4RJ.  Sunday 24 July.
  • Art in Chalgrove.  John Hampden Hall, High Street, Chalgrove, Oxon OX44 7ST.  Saturday 4 June.  Exhibited with four other local artists.
  • Abingdon Artists Spring Exhibition as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.  St Helen's Church, Abingdon, Saturday 7 - Saturday 14 May 2011.  My Yellow Labrador painting, "Gigha", was most voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

2010

  • Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition, St Helen's Church, Abingdon, Saturday 11 - Sunday 18 September 2010.  My Kingfisher painting was most voted for by visitors of the exhibition.
  • Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE, 11 - 29 August.  Exhibited my Fox painting as part of an exhibition by a selection of the Abingdon Artists group.
  • Eynsham Carnival and Craft Fair, Saturday 3 July 2010.
  • Artweeks  (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival) Stewart Village Hall, West End, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, OX10 0RY. Friday 21 May to Sunday 23 May 2010.  Exhibited with six other artists .
  • Art in Burford, Warwick Hall, Burford, Oxon, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April.
  • Abingdon Artists Spring Exhibition, St Ethelwold's House, 30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 5EB, Saturday 20 March - Saturday 27 March 2010.  My painting of the Fox was most voted for by visitors of the exhibition.

2009

  • Art Exhibition, Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Nr Didcot, Saturday 14 November - Sunday 15 November 2009.
  • Craft Fair, Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Nr Didcot, Sunday 8 November 2009.
  • Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition, St Helen's Church, Abingdon, Saturday 5 September - Sunday 13 September 2009. My painting "Am I Bothered?" was most voted for by visitors to the exhibition.
  • Eynsham Carnival and Craft Fair, Saturday 4 July 2009.
  • Lambourn Carnival Horse Show, Sunday 28 June 2009.
  • Fun Dog Show, Radley, Saturday 20 June 2009.
  • Scruffs Dog Show - East Ilsley Sheep Fair 2009, Sunday 7 June 2009.
  • Artweeks (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival) Village Hall, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, OX10 0RY, 22 - 25 May 2009.  Exhibiting with six other artists .
  • Fun Dog Show, Kennington, Nr Oxford, Sunday 10 May 2009. Featuring Lynne Davies from BBC 3's Dog Borstal.
  • Guerilla Gallery, Saturday 25 April 2009, 12.30-1.30pm. A group of about 50 artists gathered in Bonn Square, Oxford, to exhibit their work to passers-by as an "instant" gallery, a taster for the Artweeks festival in May.
  • Abingdon Artists Spring Exhibition, St Nicolas' Church, Abingdon, Monday 30 March - Saturday 4 April 2009.

2008

  • Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition, St Nicolas' Church, Abingdon, Monday 20 October - Saturday 25 Octoberl 2008.
  • The Kennel Club's Christmas Art Fair, 1 December 2008 - 9 January 2009, Piccadilly, London.
  • Whistler's Gallery, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, where some of my miniature portraits and paperweights were exhibited for sale.

2006

  • The Kennel Club's Christmas Art Fair, 6 December 2006 - 12 January 2007, Piccadilly, London.

Media

  • Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year Competition 2012.  My painting, "Am I Bothered?" was shortlisted down to the last 50 from 4,000 entries, and then picked as one of the few Highly Commended works being featured in the December 2012 edition of the magazine.
  • Artists & Illustrators Magazine July 2012.  My painting of Jubi was selected as picture of the month for the Portfolio Plus theme of Horses.
  • The Advertiser (Focus on Faringdon) February 2012 edition.  My "Eye of the Tiger" painting appeared on the front cover.
  • The Advertiser (Focus on Faringdon) May 2011 edition.  My Peacock painting appeared on the front cover.
  • Lotus Magma 'Off the Cuff', an online art magazine aimed at raising awareness and equality within the arts. My work was featured in the March 2010 issue of the magazine.
  • My website was featured in the Paws for Thought section of Vogue Magazine, February 2010 issue.
  • The Daily Mail, 3 December 2007.  A portrait of "Dexter" and his owner were featured, alongside other pet owners with their pet portraits.  Click here to read the article and view Dexter's portrait.
  • The Paul O'Grady Show, April 2006.  Paul O'Grady introduced a paperweight portrait of his little Shitzu, Buster, I had painted and sent in to the show.

     

     

    © Copyright Nicky Jones, Pet Portrait and Animal Artist 1996-2013.  All artwork on this site is protected by copyright law

    and may not be copied, downloaded or used without permission from the artist.  All rights reserved worldwide.

     

    57 Selwyn Crescent, Radley, Oxon, UK   Tel (01235) 529895

    nicky@faithfulfriendsportraits.co.uk

 

   

Home  Prices & Ordering   Art for Sale   Creating Your portrait   Photographic Tips   Testimonials   Wit & Wisdom   Contact   Links

Dog Gallery I   Dog Gallery II   Cat Gallery   Horse Gallery   Other Animals   Miniatures I   Miniatures II   Before & After Examples