When it comes to pet portraiture, the choice of artist can have a big influence on the final
piece, their painting style often adding (or subtracting) to the way your pet is portrayed on the
Rob Tyrrell is a UK based pet portrait artist using the traditional techniques of the Old Masters to create portraits in oil that jump off the canvas. The majority of his work comes from dog owners however, cats can also be very characterful and property can also benefit from his more traditional painting technique. This technique uses a series of glaze that are laid over an 'under painting' to build up colour and depth. The accumulation of which helps create a painting that has warmth and a 'presence' that reflects life and activity.
Rob uses the photos taken by the pet owner as references and, whilst in some cases these are sourced from previous collections, it's much better to have those photos taken specifically for the purpose. This allows the owner to make sure important character details are included. In addition, other considerations such as location and toys can also be included in the final painitng, all adding to the final effect.
Rob has been painting for over 35 years and, in that time, has developed his technique which is based on that of the great masters of oil painting. Masters, including Jan van Eyck who first developed the process of using coloured glazes. The process can be a long one, requiring up to 20 glazes to be added to each painting with each glaze needing 12hrs to dry before the next can be applied.