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I started painting dogs and cats as watercolour practice. Given that I work mainly in oils, I wanted to spend more time familiarising myself with watercolour and I decided that a fun way of doing this would be to execute guerilla portraits of people's pets from my friends' photos on social media, then posting them to see whether they thought I'd captured a likeness. I found that I really enjoyed doing this and it resulted in quite a few commissions which have been such a pleasure to do. There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of really capturing the spirit of a much-loved pet in a painting. This is Rocky Long Dog who belongs to a member of UB40's entourage!