I am Bee Skelton, a portrait artist who happens to be bonkers about dogs. I paint people and pets, but here I want to indulge my particular passion for dogs and the art they inspire.
When living in Europe my husband and I rescued many dogs from neglect, cruelty and near
death situations. We are now back in the UK, still with three of the five dogs we brought home with us, Teddy, Daisy and Lady. Sadly we lost two of our furry girls, Choo Choo and Sally to old-age last year.
My artwork is inspired not only by my love of all dogs, but also
a relationship with their owners and their favourite photos. My process
is very personal and involves lots of email chats with dog owner/clients
to seek out the character and personality of my pet subjects.
I also enjoy sharing the creative process with
my doggy clients, by emailing work-in-progress images as paintings develop. Many say how much they
appreciate my way of working, which offers a personal insight into the
development of their painting, and the opportunity to collaborate by sharing feedback.
I lived in Cyprus for
several years before returning to the UK. I studied at the
Cyprus College of Art, and the Open College of the Arts UK.