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Award-Winning Soft Pastel Artist, international Tutor & Coach, based in the New Forest – Hampshire UK. Specialising in realistic portraits of people, pets and horses.


Fine Art Portraits


Learn Soft Pastel with Sue


Detailed Video Tutorials

I came across Sue’s art work first, and was delighted to see she was offering online tuition. Sue’s classes are so good, she is such a good teacher. Her tuition style is so clear and easy to follow, even for a pastel beginner like me. I also appreciate the range of subjects and topics covered . My drawing has improved considerably and my confidence in the use of pastels is growing. I really look forward to taking more classes with Sue.

Diane Milligan

As a newbie to any form of art before joining Sue’s online art group a few weeks ago I am quite pleased with this actually looks like a Donkey 😃  I’m now hooked on Pastels and just want to improve ..and I love the vibe in this group ,encouraging, supportive and inspirational 💕 It is so useful to have Sue Kerrigan-Harris and the Dream Team of lovely people in the group 💕🙏🐶

Karen Ferris

I really appreciate all the tuition it has helped me to tackle more subjects. It’s almost like having individual tuition and the video recordings are so useful to refer back to. Sue’s advice on how to tackle a subject to avoid overwhelm has worked for me as I do an hour or two and day and find it’s working so well for me.

Julie Sharpe


“Your Complete Satisfaction Is My Priority.”


Dog portraits are very popular and I love painting dogs.  My goal is to capture your dog’s character and making your dog portrait a treasured piece of art  as well as a keep sake for your home., I can work from your photo or a range of photos if you have a number of dogs.   


I can paint your cat in the exquisite soft pastel medium.  Cat’s make the perfect portrait and they are a delight for me to paint.  Send me your quality photos for the perfect cat portrait


To fully capture the size and majestic qualities of your horse, the minimum size for a head portrait would be 10 x 12 inches. I have tried smaller sizes but they really do not work. The best size for a head portrait is 12×16.


I find painted portraits of people so compelling, the eyes capture me!  It is for this reason that I love painting people.  I especially love painting child portraits and special occasion portraits such as wedding portraits and anniversaries.   


When I’m not painting pet portraits, animals and people, I love to paint seascapes and I’ve just started painting wild animals.  You can view my collection here.


I run weekly pastel and drawing classes in Marchwood, Southamtpon.  My students range from complete beginners to those wanting to learn how to paint pet portraits.  Find out more below.


I provide art workshops and demonstrations to Art Groups and Societies around Hampshire.  I can provide workshops and demos on pet portraits, wildlife or people and seascapes.  I also run my own art pastel workshops in Southampton, Hampshire.  Find out more below. 


 Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Sue Kerrigan-Harris. I’m a Professional Portrait Artist from Hampshire UK. I live near the beautiful New Forest where I’m inspired by the constant source of scenery and animals. I specialise in painting pet portraits, people portraits and horse portraits. I have been a professional artist since 2015 but an artist my whole life. Aside from learning and teaching myself how to draw and paint I consider myself to be a privately trained artist seeking out top art tutors and artists across the country to learn the skills I needed to become the artist that I am today.

“Art makes my heart smile and my soul sing with joy!”

There is something that I find both deeply fascinating and satisfying about creating a likeness in a pet portrait of a dog or cat or a portrait of a person. The eyes are the window to the soul and I reach out to the soul of the subject to find a connection when I’m painting pet portraits and people.

The Portrait Process

To start the process, please send my you photos. A range of photos is usually best. You can email these to me if they are digital. I need good quality photos to work from because I need to be able to see important details that show the character of your pet or the person you would like painted. I have some photography tips for you here should you need them for taking your own photos. Getting the right photo that shows the subjects character, whether it be for a pet portrait or a people portrait of children or adults, the character is very important. Once we have chosen the ideal photograph I will send you the quote and approximate size. Sometimes I will send a range of sizes and prices depending on what can be achieved from the photos supplied. If you are happy with this I will then send you a digital mock up (this is generally only needed if the background is going to change) and details to pay the deposit and your painting time slot. It usually take 3/5 working days to paint 1 subject depending on size. Once you have approved the final painting, the balance must be paid and I will either post or you are welcome to collect from my home. For posting I use Royal Mail or Parcel Force, Next Day or 24 hours signed and insured. I always package my portraits in high density card to protect against impact damage, bubble wrap to protect against knocks and a waterproof layer in case it’s raining.

The Soft Pastel Medium

I use soft pastel for all my portraits. It is an exquist medium and the purest form of colour highly suitable for pet portraits, fur, details and skin tones. It is almost pure pigment with a little binder to hold it together so it can be used in a stick or a pencil. It doesn’t crack like oil paint and it’s not plastic like Acrylic paint. I use high quality soft pastels and pastel pencils which are light-fast meaning your pet portrait or people portrait will last a lifetime.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

I take pride in my work and for that reason every single customer receives 100% satisfaction with my No Surprises Guarantee. Every step of the way I keep you informed about the whole process. With an initial digital mock up of what the pet portrait or people portrait will look like once complete then after each painting session I will share with you the progress I have made by sending you a photograph via email, Messenger or WhatsApp. This gives you the opportunity to suggest amendments if necessary and you’ll also be able to see that I am achieving a likeness.

Booking Your Pet Portrait or People Portrait Commission

If you would like to book in for a pet portrait or a people portrait there can be a waiting list depending on the time of year. The wait can range from 2-8 weeks so it’s best to get in touch as soon as possible to secure a painting slot. Christmas can be a very busy time for a portrait artist – please book early to avoid disappointment.  It is always worth ringing me or emailing to see if I have space.  A lady phoned right at the end of my commission list last Christmas and managed to book in!  I don’t have a detailed price list because pet portraits and human portraits can be very individual. You can view my price guide here. I also sell Gift Vouchers in any denomination. Contact me here or by phone to order.

How To Stay In Touch

You can stay up to date with what I’m painting or find out about my workshops and classes in a number of ways. You can sign up to my newsletter or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Contact Details

If you’d like to contact me right now regarding a pet portrait or other commission then you can contact me here.

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Customers Love Their Pet Portraits

“I have no idea how she does it but when I look at her paintings and their eyes in each their character just comes shining through. You can even see each hair on the portrait of Blue. They are breath-taking and I really couldn’t recommend Susan highly enough to anyone looking to have their pet or horse captured in portrait.”

“When I look at the paintings I feel really happy because they capture a moment in time for each child and they remind me of their childhood. I can’t say what it is …the smile on their face or the look in their eye, but I see who they were then and who they are now. Maybe it’s there essence shining through. It’s a bit magical to me that a painting can do that! I am very happy with the results.”

“You should have seen my son’s face when the portrait of Moss our dog arrived for us – he’s cried over it in the framing shop, and cried over it when we hung it at the weekend. Bless him. He still misses Moss. Such a stunning piece of pastel work, it looks very lifelike. And Gorgeous in it’s frame on his wall”

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