My name is Amanda Drage, and I work as a professional animal artist.
I spend most of my days creating portraits of much-loved pets for devoted owners both locally and internationally.
I also have a passion for painting birds and wildlife.
High Quality, Hand Drawn Portraits of Pets
I have been offering pet portrait commissions for a few years now. In that time I have produced many treasured portraits commemorating the lives of pets past and present, loved, and lost.
To create my portraits, I work from photographs. Before beginning I will study and sketch the photos closely, to get a feel for the animal's shape, form and personality. My portraits are done with care and attention in each and every pencil-stroke or brushmark. Special consideration is paid to the eyes, going beyond what can be seen in a photograph, to bring life and vibrancy. All this comes together to create a beautifully detailed, emotive piece, with depth and texture, that really brings the animal and his or her character to life on the paper.
I have created many portraits as surprise or secret gifts. The comments, emails and handwritten thank-you cards received from recipients are testament to the quality and accuracy of my work, and the personality I am able to capture by working from just a few photographs.
As well as portraits of pets who are still with us, I have created many tributes to pets who have passed on. I deal with these portraits sensitively, and the results have always been very gratefully (and sometimes emotionally!) received.
I use the highest quality materials to produce my work. This ensures that, with care, it will last for many years to come.
Original Paintings and Drawings of Birds and Wildlife
As well as pet portrait commissions, I also spend time creating my own original artworks of animals and birds.
I'm particularly moved by the effects of light, shadow, and vibrant colour, and my focus is often on the gaze of the animal and what it reveals. Close views and unusual compositions have formed a strong theme throughout my practice.
My own development and explorations as an artist are extremely important to me, and I feel strongly that by working on personal pieces alongside commission work, my scope as an artist will continue to broaden, and this will greatly benefit all aspects of my work.
Many of these pieces become available for purchase, either through exhibitions or directly from me.
Should you wish to see any work in person, my studio in Northamptonshire is open to visitors by appointment.