© Jo Bates

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I’m a Pet Portrait Artist and work mostly with faber castell polychromos, and recently purchased Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils. I have a Higher National Diploma in General Art & Design but rather than pursuing my art as a living I used it as a hobby. It’s was 6 years ago that I was asked to do my very first commission. Since then my portfolio has grown rapidly. I would love to make this a full time occupation; however I’m not quite there yet, so therefore I welcome any commissions that come my way.

I entered the 12th 'World of Coloured Pencil' Exhibition in 2014
My picture won a "Highly Commended" award in the 2014 UKCPS exhibition in Keswick. Was such a wonderful surprise, as my picture was against so many other talented artists.