13th September 2017
This is the intro to 'Scottish Pet Portraits', which is about to be scrapped in favour of my new site 'James Collins Illustrations'.
Scottish Pet Portraits
Welcome. Here's how my pet portrait site works. I hope you enjoy it
Scotland is famous for its many breeds of dogs, both pets and working dogs. There is the wonderful Border Collie, admired all over the world; the Rough-Haired Collie, popularised by Queen Victoria and originally a working dog, but now mostly a pet, the tough Border Terrier and the Cairn Terrier. There is also the Shetland Collie or Shelty, a barky but feisty little relative of the Rough Collie.
Apart from the Wild Cat, (definitely not a pet!) Scotland has produced the Scottish Fold Cat, with its forward facing ears, probably to keep out the wind. Also several horses; the impressive Clydesdale and the diminutive Shetland Pony.
In Scottish Pet Portraits you can find a selection of some of the paintings and drawings of dogs,cats and horses I have been asked to produce in the last ten years or so, plus the occasional house, car or landscape commission. Many of my customers are from my home country of Scotland but I also get commissions from England, and the occasional order from Ireland, America and Australia.
I work in watercolour, gouache, pencil, pen and ink and lately in pastel and coloured pencil. I feel lucky that I am able to combine my main interests - art and dogs, but in my galleries you can also see pictures of cats, wild animals, boats, cars and houses.
If you would like a painting or drawing of your dog, cat, horse, or even your house or vintage car, just send me one or more photos by email or post. The better the photo the better the result will be. You're welcome to ring me on 01309 641556 or 07981 041158 to discuss the project.
I can usually finish a picture in about two weeks. I'll need a deposit of 20% and you'll receive a proof to OK before you pay the balance. The artwork will arrive by guaranteed post the next morning.
Some of my work is available as A4 and A3 prints on Facebook. Collins Prints Also see my other art website Pet Portraits UK or visit my Facebook page Collins Prints
'About me' from the same website.
I have been a musician and artist, man and boy for, well, a long time. I was born in Dunfermline, Fife, in Scotland, but lived most of my life in the south of England. Having returned to Scotland some twelve years ago to make peace with my celtic side, I thought I'd see if I could earn a living as a pet portrait artist, and to that end I taught myself how to design a website, after which I set up shop ( alright, it wasn't as easy as I'm making it sound but I got the idea in the end). I now have three websites, two centred on my pet portrait business, (the other one being Pet Portraits UK) and one featuring essays I've written over the past dozen years or so, called Scottish Essays.
I live in the north of Scotland, on the edge of the Highlands, with my wife Karen, our daughter Abi, and our three dogs, Oscar, Lucy (Goosy) and Lillie, all related. I play guitar like a ringing a bell, I'm pretty good at chess, and pretty bad at snooker. I read a lot, mostly historical fiction and cop thrillers, as in Michael Connelly, and I love my dogs.
I also love Johann Sebastian Bach, some jazz and rock, and country music.
If I could have my life over, I would probably live in a log cabin in Alaska, and get to know the wolves, except then I would never have known Karen and my daughter Abi. And J.S. Bach. And Martina McBride. Oh well.
Scottish Pet Portraits
See me on Facebook at Collins Prints