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the best hand painted pet portraits online!"
the Artist - Steven Patrick Sim
I guess you might be curious to know a bit more about
Well, I'm Scottish born and bred. Arriving 1969, in Arbroath
Angus on the east coast of Scotland. Lived here all my
life! It's a town full of history and character, with
some terrific coastal scenery!
I've always wanted to be an artist - right back to my
school days! In fact I was very much influenced and encouraged
by my mother, Scottish artist Sheena Christie, who herself
has been a portrait artist since 1979! She's created thousands
of paintings in her career to date!
a self taught artist, looking back, I'm real glad I decided
not to go to university to further my art education. So many
students are graduating stereotyped with no clear goals in mind,
with too few jobs on offer!
With now nine years experience in my own business as a professional
artist, and a rapidly expanding portfolio of work, I'm real
happy where I'm at in life!
my customer's much loved pets
...and seeing their reaction, gives me the greatest
sense of satisfaction from my work!
pet portraits since 1988
fact, as far back as 1988 I started painting! Working freelance
with oils and acrylics. I painted pet portraits (as well as
wild life), landscapes and still life, always wanting to capture
a sense of realism in my work. Local restaurants commissioned
me to paint still life compositions of fine foods such as wines,
cheeses and fruit, with flowers also being quite popular.
Two years later, in 1990, I had a slight change of direction
when I took employment as a graphic designer. This not only
widened my horizons as an artist, but also introduce me to a
whole new experience - working with computers and the
exciting creativity possible by digital media.
Despite this new line of work I still
continued to paint as a hobby.
However, after 11 years working in graphics, latterly in a senior
role, I decided it was really time to make some BIG changes!
I resigned and set myself up as a freelance artist and graphic
designer, with the business name dreambox®, offering amongst
other things websites for my customers.
This was a real
bonus as I was able to design and build all my own websites,
including this one - www.PetPortraits.co.uk!
my real motivation for going solo was I wanted to
start painting again, as this had always been my
was something I had really missed!
thing I can say for sure that has never changed over the years
is my fondness for animals! My family has always had pets -
dogs, cats, gerbils, budgies, even snakes. A house without one
(or two or more!) is hard to imagine!
So, for me right now, painting animal and pet portraits is
the only thing I want to be doing!
I'm really pleased to
now launch my updated pet portrait website! Have a look around,
and if you have any questions please get in touch!
Enjoy your visit