Collector’s Choice: Shelley S. Davies


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Art to Zucchini and Everything in Between
I’m an illustrator who lives beside the sea on the west coast of Canada with my family and an imaginary dog. Sometimes two. I have a background in animation, film and graphic design. I also love to take photographs, which gets me away from my desk with all those teeny, tiny bits of paper!

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I’m a Canadian artist living by the sea on Vancouver Island, creating paintings, collages, and photographs that are bold and colour-infused. All my work, aside from the photography, is proudly handmade with scissors, glue and paint; many with 3-dimensional aspects.

 

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With a background in animation, feature films, television and theatre, my many creative pursuits have led me to the joys of illustration. Colour, wit and a good dose of play are what I aim for, using collage, paint and a strong graphic design sensibility. For the past ten years, I’ve contributed illustrations to numerous magazines and newspapers on a regular basis with editorial, fashion and botanical themes, while my heart still belongs to children’s illustration.

 

 

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I’ve created a line of greeting cards, which you can find at my Etsy shop, and I’m delighted to be creating an ongoing series of photo-collaged jigsaw puzzles for Cobble Hill Puzzles/Outset Media. I also write the blog ‘Children’s Illustration‘ with author/illustrator extraordinaire Julie Fortenberry. You can find all my social media sites at the top of my home page, and my Instagram page has all my daily photographs.

Collector’s Choice: Sally Muir


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My approach is to keep
it simple, less is more is what I try and aim for — doing things succinctly.

Sally Muir

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Artist Sally Muir is based in Bath, UK and is a prodigious portrait painter of dogs. Other subjects include human portraits and landscapes, as well as the occasional rodent and bird. For years Ms. Muir focused on her knitwear business Muir & Osborne as both a designer and author. With her partner Joanna Osborne, they have published seven knitting pattern books that include Pet Heaven, The Animal Accessory Bible, Best in Show, Knit Your Own Dog, (also Cat, Pet, Zoo, Farm and Dinosaur) and the children’s book Patch’s Grand Dog Show. Ms. Muir returned to university as a mature student with a concentration on Fine Art. Children’s portraits gave way to dog portraits as is evidenced in her 365 Facebook dogfest “A Dog A Day”. Ms. Muir is the recipient of many awards and her work appears regularly in galleries. She accepts and enjoys commission work — dogs and humans alike.

 

 

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EDUCATION
Foundation: Bath City College 1997–1998
Degree: Bath School of Art and Design.
First Class Honors Degree: 1998–2003

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS
2015
RWA Open, Bristol
The Masters Bankside, London
Black Swan Open, Frome
Bath Society of Artists Portrait Prize
Quercus Gallery, Bath
The Dog Show, Brighton
A Dog a Day Pound Arts, Corsham

 

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Dog portraits by Sally Muir are flashes of line and color that perfectly capture the spirit and soul of the dog she is painting. When you see a dog portrait by Sally Muir, you know you have seen the heart of the dog, with all its universality as well as unique individuality. Her work is direct, intuitive, yet precise in its presence. Each mark, each brush stroke appears as absolutely necessary in conveying a distillation of the essential in each dog. This is a painter who knows dogs so completely that you can firmly believe that her every brush stoke contains absolute Dog DNA-essence.

Janis Kirstein

 

 

KIRSTEINFINEART would like to thank Sally Muir for sharing her unique dog portraits with us today. For more stimulating and insightful features on some of the very best contemporary artists working today, subscribe to KIRSTEINFINEART by going to the bottom of this page and clicking the subscribe button. Thanks so much for reading and please enter your comments. We would love to hear your thoughts!