Mans Best Friend
Alison Perkins
A true country girl, I grew up in Edlesborough on the Buckinghamshire/Bedfordshire border. As my mother worked with horses and my father was a farm labourer, it was inevitable that I developed a life long passion for wildlife.
Often inspired by the wild places on my doorstep, I began to paint at a young age. Though I excelled in Art at school, I have had no formal training and have honed my skills the hard way, with lots of practice!
Though originally a watercolour artist, a switch to the mediums of graphite and coloured pencil has enabled me to develop my art further, allowing for more detail and poise to be expressed in my work.
My fiancee adds...
As many have realized, getting any kind of animal to sit still for more than a few minutes is impossible. Those spoilsports at the RSPCA say the use of Superglue is illegal, immoral and very probably fattening. So, Alison draws from photographs, which don't run away very much and almost never require feeding. The only downside is that I'm the one who has to chase the subject matter around with my camera! Anything for a quiet life.
Some time ago, I completed a course in Pet Portraiture with the London College of Art. This has really broadened my horizons and enabled my career to move in an exciting new direction. So far I have produced portraits of horses, dogs, cats and an alpaca.
I am a member of several art societies, including the Society For All Artists (SAA) and the UK Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS).

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