Dog Portraits and Animal Portraits by Ann Seward
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Testimonials for Ann Seward's Animal Portraits

Below are various testimonials which have been fed back to Ann Seward with regards to the quality of her work, the character likeness, and the punctuality of her service:

 

Fabulous...........

.....once we had decided that we wanted a portrait of our older Springer Spaniel, Dexter, we searched the internet for several months looking at the work of a number of artists. We finally decided to commission Ann Seward. We arranged to take Dexter to meet Ann in order that she could experience some of his character. Ann took a number of photographs of Dexter and spent time explaining the options for the portrait. We decided that, as well as a head and shoulders image, we would have 2 small pencil sketches of Dexter in different poses to the bottom left and right of the picture. Our concern had always been that the picture would be technically flawless but would not capture Dexter’s essence. The dilemma would then be whether we wanted a painting that looked like Dexter but didn’t express his personality. So, it was with great trepidation that we then went to view the completed picture. Our fears were unfounded. Not only was the painting technically brilliant but it was Dexter. From the way his fur had been painted to the fall of his ears and the light in his eyes: we were absolutely delighted. The 2 pencil sketches also perfectly captured Dexter in typical poses. It was so worth the wait. Since then, Dexter has unfortunately died, but his portrait hangs at the top of the stairs and I say good morning to him every day. We also now have 2 further portraits of our other Springers, Katie and Quigley. These paintings are as superb as the first and we would highly recommend Ann to anyone who wants a wonderful, special reminder of a much loved pet.

Mr & Mrs Taylor, Solihull

 

Well what can I say... 

I have just received my painting of ‘Althrey Dandy’ and I really cannot thank you enough. The painting of him is absolutely out of this world and I shed a few tears when I first opened it as it is him through and through. He has been an absolute star to our family and you have even managed to pick out his cheeky character in the painting.

It was a lot to ask to try and include my father within a photo where he wasn’t present, but you have managed to do this and the sketch of him is brilliant. My father is no longer with us and it is so nice to include him in such a special painting. I showed the girls at work the painting and they recognised that it is me riding in the sketch – so that must show how brilliant your work truly is.

I had to say goodbye to Dandy last week and although that was really hard, having this painting in pride of place in my lounge will remind me of all the fantastic memories I have of him.

Thank you so so much for doing this for me and I must say that it was worth every penny, you certainly get what you pay for with your paintings.

I will be in touch next year (I have started saving already!) for an order for my other horses. I really cannot thank you enough.

C G, Cheshire

 

Thrilled to bits with the portrait of "Billy", the likeness is just amazing. This is the fourth dog portrait Ann has done for us and they just get better and better, a truly talented artist. We also have three horse portraits, again they are a wonderful testimony to Ann's talent.

We have commissioned yet another dog portrait of a very special member of our family and I know we will yet again be thrilled with the result.

Thank you Ann.

M.M. Devon

 

Ann's fabulous portrait of my dog  'Ghillie'‘ is stunningly life-like, she has managed to capture her personality in watercolours; I couldn't have hoped for more.

 

Dr B. W, Somerset 

 

We are absolutely delighted with the Painting that we commissioned from Ann. The care that she took to capture each of our dog's individual characters, shines through in the finished article. Ann kept us in touch with progress and delivered the painting on the agreed date.

I can whole heartedly recommend Ann Seward's work

 

E.D, Wiltshire 

 

Emer has arrived Ann, and appeared from out of the clouds of bubblewrap beautifully perfect.  I am thrilled, all in the office who knew her are hugely impressed, so thank you Ann very much.  I shall really enjoy hanging her in pride of place tonight and I can’t wait to show Conor and others from the “Emer fan club”.  Its so lovely to have a lasting memory of her smiling face.

S.N, Hampshire

 

Yet again you have surpassed yourself with your portrait of my lurcher Lydia! Way back in 1991 I commissioned you to paint Liam, Lydia's grandfather and remember only too well the feeling of trepidation welling within me as I drove down to Bradford on Avon to collect the finished article. What needless worry - in fact I burst into tears on seeing his portrait. Ann, you captured his likeness completely, and I have loved the painting ever since. So much so, that in 1995 I asked you to paint his daughter Perfect Rose. Her beauty shines through in your exquisite painting, and once more I have a piece of artwork to treasure. This brings us to 2010 when I commissioned you once again to paint the third member of my lurcher family, Lydia who is Perfect  Rose's daughter. And once again you have produced the most fantastic likeness - a portrait which shows all of Lydia's innate qualities.  
How can I thank you enough for three such wonderful paintings which totally encapsulate the family line. Many, many thanks.

C D, Hereford

 

Ann has been painting portraits for both me and my friends over the past thirty years. She captures perfectly the spirit and character of her subjects. The life-like appearance is quite simply outstanding, as shown in the latest commission of my three terriers completed Christmas 2007. Having seen many artists' work over the years I can honestly say that in my opinion Ann's portraiture is the best on the market and I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone who wants a really superior portrait of their horse or dog.

J B, Wiltshire

 

One of the most heart rending things about owning ponies and horses is when the the time comes to part company with them. Every one of my daughter's mounts has become an important part of our family set-up but as she has grown up we have acquired four very different “characters” each of which we have grown to know and love.

The amazing thing is that everyone who has known our horses and ponies, former owners, subsequent owners, even other riders, has commented to a man how Ann has captured the very essence of the creature that they know so well. We are lucky that through Ann's skill and artistry we have on our walls a visual reminder of the wonderful relations Charlie has enjoyed with these beautiful creatures that have been such an important part of her life as she has grown up. I have been happy to recommend Ann and her work to the most critical and discerning of friends without any reservation and will continue to do so!

J G,  Wiltshire 

 

Pauline and I were delighted with the initial portrait of our three girls – Amy, Pip and Tara. Hence there was no question as to whom we should commission for our second generation of girls - namely Mud and Gipsy. Yes, it had to be Ann. Mud's portrait projects her cheeky nature and hyperactivity, whilst Gypsy's loyalty and love shines through her eyes, so well depicted by Ann’s artistry. There is no question that the best artist was commissioned yet again to portray our Girls. 

 

B P, Wiltshire  

 

I wanted to say a big thank you for the  painting that you have just completed for Dane and I of our Weimaraner 'Finn'.  It is absolutely fantastic and we are both delighted with how it has turned out.  This is the first time that we have commissioned a portrait of any of our animals but it certainly will not be the last.  We are amazed at how lifelike your painting is; it is as if you could reach your hand into the picture and really feel and stroke the warm velvet of his ears.  An absolutely brilliant piece of artwork, thank you. 

J P, Dorset

 

Firstly just to say a very big thank you for the most beautiful painting you have just finished for my partner as a surprise birthday present of his gundog. I would just like to say that Ann never got to meet "Tide" to take any of her own photos or to capture her character / presence. Ann has done a truly amazing painting that looks so realistic and the detail is perfect. This is the first time I have had any animals painted, and I would most certainly ask Ann again to do the next! For anyone who is considering having their animal painted I would defiantly recommend Ann without any hesitation - Thank you".

N W,  Suffolk 

 

The painting of Ben has now been up for a month and every time I look at him from different angles I notice different features and even elements of his character which you have captured so successfully. We are absolutely delighted - Ben will now be with us forever.

PM Hertfordshire

 

"I can't tell you how thrilled Rupert is with the picture of "Holly" - his mouth just dropped and he kept saying "I can't believe it"! .. you have really 'caught' her look and I know it will give Rupert great pleasure for the rest of his life."

L S F, London

 

"Sheer delight... I have had my dog for over 10 years and feel I know her very well, yet you managed to capture her every detail on canvas and made me feel that the picture was three-dimensional."

ESW, Oxford.

 

"It really is a superb portrait. It captures his expressions and character quite magically."

C H, Somerset.

 

"Love my painting of Monty. You really have made a super job of him without making him 'chocolate-boxy'. It's him to a 'T

M S, County Durham.

 

"The picture has exceeded our expectations and to say that we are thrilled is an understatement. It is a joy to find a picture of a hare that looks like a hare; in fact I'll go as far as to say that I chased that very hare for more than one Saturday afternoon!"

T H, Oxon.

 

"Thank you. It's Ben to a 'T', you can even see his brain working 'what are these idiots up to now?'"

C E,  Essex.

 

"Cressy, Honeybun and Saffie were commissioned as a present, and a total surprise for me. I treasure this picture as Ann has managed to capture the individual characters of these three generations. It will always remind me of those who gave this to me and my three gorgeous girlies. I strongly recommend Ann's work to you all"

Ginny Scrope, Hungerford

 


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