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Birthday Becki 2024

Pencil drawing

A3

March 2024

So this isn't a new commission as such. It's an old commission, from 2020, that I have taken it upon myself to update.
I'm a painter, not a sketcher, so was rather taken aback when I was asked in lockdown to do a sketch portrait. But I took on the challenge and gave it my best shot at the time.
However, it has always bugged me that I could do better. Plus, I wanted to see how my skills had developed over time. So this is the 2024 version.
Maybe I'll have another go in another four years!

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Chartreuse

Acrylic on stretched canvas

100cm x 100cm

December 2023

Can't tell you how much of a pleasure this painting was to create and I love the fact the awesome client trusted me with such a statement piece.
From start to finish, this was such an exciting and enjoyable experience, so much so I didn't want the painting process to end.

Was given the freedom to come up with an original composition incorporating my trademark energy and movement. And my greenfinch is not as green as you might expect.
Chartreuse will be taking up residence in a dining room in Ireland soon. But until then I get to enjoy this piece for a bit longer.

Client's reaction: 'I absolutely LOVE IT. Just stunning. I'm in awe of your talent. It's just wow, amazing. I'm delighted.'

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The Queen's Jubilee 

Acrylic on canvas panel

50cm x 40cm

September 2023

Have painted the Pump Room a few times now and loved this opportunity to give it some cool colour and nighttime atmosphere. 
This was commissioned as a surprise present.

Presented to the new owner in December.

Client's reaction: 'It was well received and will take pride of place in said study. A poignant, beautiful painting of an incredible event marking the Queen's Jubilee.'

Woolly Thistle

Acrylic on paper

A5

April 2023
 

Delighted to have been asked to take part in Discover the Artists for the first time this year.

This original sold at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud at the event in August 2023 to raise money for local art projects and Nailsworth Rotary Club charities.

Inspired by a photo I took on one of my many dog walks at Barber Woods.

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Cass

Acrylic on canvas panel

40cm x 30cm

April 2023
 

Cassius the Staffie may be an old man but he's still got a smile.
Sleeps a bit more than he used to and hobbles around for shorter distances, but is still up for a belly rub and loves it when visitors come calling.
Was supp
osed to be for a June birthday present but the client wanted to present it straightaway and it was hung on the wall with haste.

 

Client's reaction: 'It's taken pride of place in the sitting room. We couldn't wait. He is SO pleased with it!' 

Little Red

Acrylic on multi media paper

17.5cm x 13cm

April 2023

My charity donation Little Red was created in a day.
Most UK robins would probably fly to France, Portugal or maybe Spain, but mine had to 
get ready for a long-haul flight to Vancouver to take part in 2023's Twitter Art Exhibition.
Love painting most birds but there's something special about a robin.
Hopefully he landed safely in Canada.
This year's event is being held in June to raise funds for the Urban Native Youth Association.
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Craft circle sign

Solid oak wooden sign

February 2023

Guess it shows how versatile I am as an artist that here's another commission that's a bit out the ordinary.

Christchurch Craft Circle in Gloucester asked me to create a sign for them. They needed one for their popular craft stall and fancied something a bit like mine.

Always happy to oblige, I had another lump of oak going spare so was able to fulfil the request.

Sketched out the design first and then painted it onto the wood in white gesso before applying acrylic colour in several coats on top, finished off with a satin varnish.

How very fitting, a handcrafted sign for a local craft club.

Client's reaction: 'It looks great. Thanks so much.' 

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Sarah and Ash's Invitations

Wedding invitations featuring original artwork

November 2022

Was delighted to be asked to design wedding invitations for a special couple. Not something I'd considered before and always like to try something new.

Featuring my original artwork Go Wild!, they have a gloss finish, matt on back to make it easier to write on and were printed by Cheltenham-based Prom Print.

Was great to work on this project with the client, who will in fact become my sister-in-law this summer!

And lovely to use my design skills from my journalism days again too.

Client's reaction: 'Love the art work and knew you would come back to me with a spectacular design that's perfect.' 

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RPD Fabulous Finn

Acrylic on canvas panel

30.5cm x 22.5cm

May 2022
 

Now retired, police dog Finn  nearly died in the line of duty after being stabbed in 2016.
Thankfully, he survived
 and went on to change the law by fronting the campaign for tougher sentences for those who attack service animals.
This is a gift for his handler PC Dave Wardell after a special request by one of his most loyal supporters. Felt like the right thing to do in recognition of an unforgettable dog who has lived an unforgettable life and made an unforgettable contribution.

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Full Steam Ahead

Acrylic on stretched canvas

75cm x 50cm

May 2022

Centred around action shots of the birthday boy's daughter, with a whole heap of imagination and artistic licence thrown in.

Client's reaction: 'Wow, this is fabulous. Thank you so much. You have done a wonderful job.' 

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Forever Young, For Ever Awesome - PD Bobby

Acrylic on acrylic paper

17.5cm x 13cm

February 2022

My donation to the Twitter Art Exhibition fundraiser this year is a tribute to small but mighty police dog Bobby, whose young life was sadly cut short two days before his second birthday by an aggressive tumour.
An amazingly talented explosive detection dog, he was also a much-loved member of PC Paul Hopley's family.
The playful reference photo for this painting was taken by Bobby's puppy walker.
This year the exhibition, being held in York in June, is raising money for the Encephalitis Society.
And PD Bobby may already have a red dot too.

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PD Bobby

Acrylic on canvas panel

30.5cm x 22.5cm

February 2022

Making a habit of painting PC Paul Hopley's awesome dogs. 
Bobby was a little springer with a huge personality. A brilliant bomb dog, he made a lasting impression and brought much happiness in the short time he had before cancer claimed his life.
It was a heart-breaking loss for all concerned.
I painted Bobby for Paul as it's the best way I know to channel my emotions and take control of sad situations I have no control over in real life.


Recipient's comment: 'It's amazing, thank you so so much. Absolutely love it!'

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Enough Already

Framed acrylic on canvas panel

40cm x 30cm

October 2021

Recognise this? Based on my Enough original, I've breathed new life into my angel.
Was an absolute pleasure recreating her. It's not an exact replica, but pretty close.
I've added some subtle baby blues to complement the hints of lemon yellow to make it different, unique and extra special.
Was finished off in a grey vintage-style frame.
And the birthday girl who is now the proud new owner bloody loves it.

 

Client's comment: ''Thank you. It means a lot you did another one of these for me...and a little bit different! It's beautiful.'

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Always In Vogue

Acrylic on linen canvas panel

40cm x 40cm

October 2021

What to get a Madonna-mad couple for their wedding day?
I commissioned myself to come up with something suitable. 
And here it is.
Pleased and relieved to say, it got the reaction I was hoping for from them both.

Hopefully, the life-size cardboard cut-out of her at the reception approved too!

Recipient's comment: 'Literally blown away with this. Such a wonderful gift. We will cherish it.'

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Divebomb

Acrylic on acrylic paper

16cm x 12cm

January 2021

This was my donation to the annual Twitter Art Exhibition charity fundraiser.
Big thanks to awesome wildlife photographer Matthew Cottrell, who provided the fab photo that inspired this painting.
This year the exhibition was held at Cheltenham Racecourse in July to help people with leukaemia.
And, I'm delighted to say, Divebomb was snapped up early doors. My feisty little feathered friend did the biz for a great cause.

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Robin Poem

Framed memento

30cm x 20cm

December 2020

This was a lovely little project and my first foray into illustration.

It was a request to decorate a specially-created piece of poetry with my artwork, and then arrange for it to be printed and framed to create a lasting memento for the client's granddaughter Robin.

I created my Robin Triptych specifically with this in mind, to accompany The Boss, then it was over to Bradbury Design for the layout work, before being printed and mounted by The Darkroom Ltd, all finished off in a dark wood frame.

Such a heart-warming commission and fab to be able to help make the vision a reality.

 

Client's comment: 'Beyond my expectations!'

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PD Stark

Acrylic on canvas panel

40cm x 30cm

November 2020

This is PD Stark who had to undergo emergency surgery after being attacked with a machete as he detained a suspect in the early hours of November 14. 

How anyone could hurt such a beautiful creature is beyond me but, in business mode, he is surely a force to be reckoned with.

After reading about it on Twitter, I was totally moved by his bravery and utter awesomeness. Stark has stolen my heart. What courage, what a hero!

Was inspired to paint him to thank Stark and his partner PC Paul Hopley, of West Midlands Police, for everything they do every day to keep us safe.

It is a huge relief that Stark will make a full recovery from his multiple wounds and will be back catching criminals before you know it.

Recipient's comment: 'Wow...that's amazing. Thank you so much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you've done. I love it.'

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Scruffy

Acrylic and oil on stretched canvas

45cm x 35cm

July 2020

My first pussycat. I like firsts, they're exciting.

A stray that wandered into the perfect home and is now very much loved.

This was meant to be a present for a November birthday but the cat was let out the bag rather early!

It's mainly acrylic but, as a little experiment, I did the eyes and a bit of finishing detail in oil.

Think the combo worked particularly well. The eyes look glossy and the fur looks matt and, well, furry!

Client's comment: 'WOW! Love it.'

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Birthday Becki 2020

Pencil drawing

A4

May 2020

Yep! My first drawing commission! Only started daily drawing practice as a lockdown challenge to myself to get better and address a weak point.

Was delighted and apprehensive in equal measure when this job landed as I'm a painter not a sketcher.

But how awesome that an old school friend liked my drawings enough to ask. Never expected that!

This was a  birthday present for the lovely lady in the picture, who is also celebrating 25 years of marriage this year. Double congrats.

Client's comment: 'It's great, it really is Tamsin.'

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For Lorna

Acrylic on canvas panel

30cm x 23cm

May 2020

My second contribution to the Portraits For NHS Heroes initiative.

Lorna Sayers (married name Cox) is a health care assistant in her 60s, on a Covid-19 ward at Northampton General Hospital, nominated by her colleague Simon, who described her as the heart of their team.

Client's comment: 'Amazing.'

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For Fiona

Acrylic on canvas panel

30cm x 25.5cm

May 2020

A small token of my huge appreciation to all the NHS workers on the Covid-19 frontline, but particularly to Fiona Parry.

She is a nurse in critical care at Cheltenham General Hospital with over 25 years' service in intensive care.

In normal times she is the lead nurse at Cheltenham College but ex-colleagues at the hospital asked her to return after a five-year gap to help with the pandemic effort.

This came about as a result of the Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative started by Oxford artist Tom Croft. 

I offered my services not really knowing if I could deliver the goods.

I'm not a portrait artist but I was willing to have a go. 

I surprised myself with the results and made a new friend in the process.

Client's comment: 'I feel very privileged that you did this Tamsin. Thank you so much, hugely appreciated. It's amazing.'

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Pink Panther

Framed acrylic on canvas panel

30cm x 30cm

March 2020

This was a retirement gift for a top bloke on the completion of many years' service with Avon and Somerset Police's press office, who has a passion for trike racing.

The brief was it needed to be pink and needed to look active. The rest was up to me.

The bright pink colour was particularly important to him.

Didn't know how tricky it was going to be mixing a hot pink so had to purchase a lovely Liquitex magenta for this beauty but was so worth it. A fab fun colour and a wonderful creating experience.

Finished off with the perfect grey wood-effect box frame.

 

Client's comment: 'He absolutely loved it. The detail and the colour. You are a genius!

Thank you. I knew I could trust you to do the best job.'

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The Dell

Acrylic on canvas panel

21cm x 15cm

March 2020

A birthday present for an avid Southampton supporter from his two young sons.

My first go at a building and my first football-themed creation so was a refreshing change to try something new.

As the family were in isolation at the time, it was dropped off on their doorstep, along with some eggs. And, due to the strange coronavirus circumstances, ended up being the birthday boy's only gift, so even more special.

Client's comment: 'Aww, brilliant, thank you. That's just perfect.'

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Luna

Framed oil on canvas panel

30cm x 23cm

January 2020

My first commission in oils and my first time creating a wedding present, so delighted with how she turned out.

This is Luna, a cheeky, playful cockerpoo. Currently having a great run on doggy commissions.

Wasn't expecting to be able to show this one until after the big day but the client was so excited to show her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law that the proverbial cat was let out the bag early.

Luna was framed in a wooden with metallic effect frame with an ivory mount.

Client's comment: 'They are ecstatic about your painting! Such a success Tamsin. Thank you so much.'

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Toby

Framed acrylic on canvas panel

40cm x 30cm

January 2020

My first commission of 2020 is Toby, a retired racing greyhound.

Under the name of Desert Falcon, he raced 63 times, won eight and came second in six.

Now aged six, he's adapted to stretching out on the sofa very well. A cool dude with such faraway eyes, like he's eyeing up the finish line.

Client's comment: 'Wow, amazing. '

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Merlot

Framed acrylic on canvas panel

40cm x 30cm

November 2019

This beautiful old boy still has puppy eyes. Merlot is always the perfect gentleman and, despite his 13 years, can still be found bounding around like a youngster occasionally.

There were happy tears when I revealed it to the client and the new owner was 'blown away' when he opened it on Christmas morning.

Client's comment: 'Everyone absolutely loves it. You have really captured him. And yes I cried again. '

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Blue

Acrylic on box canvas

90cm x 60cm

November 2019

Here's Blue. He's a proper poser as any chance he gets he's admiring himself in the mirror. And he's thought to be a Welsh section D, known for their prancing and with a nickname of fire-breathing dragon! So he's a cheeky wee blighter too.

But pleased to say he behaved impeccably for me.

Client's comment: 'Oh wow!!! That's cracking! You've caught Blue's expression so well. I absolutely love it.'

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Pathfinder

Framed acrylic on canvas panel

35.5cm x 28cm

November 2019

An unusual request and certainly not a subject I've tried before. But just to show I'm more than happy to accommodate all requests if I can.

The composition came from a favourite picture for setting and style along with a sketch I did of an angel brought together in close consultation with the client for her husband's birthday present.

Client's comment: 'It's beautiful Tamsin'

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Callie and Co

Acrylic on stretched canvas

40cm x 30cm

November 2019

Here's a family's beloved pets, past and present, brought together for the first time in a group portrait for a Christmas present. A truly treasured gang, Poppy, Casper, Callie and Rubble, who I now feel I know, having studied them so intently.

Some of the reference photos were quite old and not as detailed as I would like but I do love a challenge.

Client's comment: ''OMG, that's beautiful. I have tears in my eyes. It's amazing. They will love it. Seriously, I could cry.'

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Bertie

Acrylic on stretched canvas

40cm x 30cm

October 2019

Meet Bertie, a very cute border terrier who was a total dream to paint.

Created from one of his owner's favourite photos of him, he made the perfect surprise birthday present for her husband.

It's not easy finding something different to buy a special someone year after year.

But I'm reliably informed the birthday boy loved this original pet portrait.

Client's comment: 'It's amazing'

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Sidney

Acrylic on stretched canvas

40cm x 30cm

September 2019

Took the dog for a stroll and came back with a commission to paint this pooch.

Painted Sidney from a photo I took of him in the park.

A friendly, if somewhat yappy, old chap who is good at keeping our young pup in her place when she gets too playful and bouncy.

His owner didn't specify any particular colour scheme but when I delivered it to her home we found the perfect place for it and the blues and greens were just the job.

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A Dip

Acrylic on canvas panel

25cm x 20cm

July 2019

Was moved to gift this commission. It now belongs to a brave lady who is going through the toughest of times and needs some joy in her life. I'm in awe of her fighting spirit and it's important to me she has something she loves to look at.

Client's comment: 'OMG it's beautiful. I'm so touched. I will love it forever. I can't stop looking at it. '

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Alvin

Acrylic on stretched canvas

25cm x 20cm

May 2019

On a roll with horses at the moment.

This is Alvin. A surprise birthday present to put a smile on the face of the young girl who rides this fine chap.

Client's comment: 'I love it. It's amazing. You are so talented. Thank you. She will be so pleased.'

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Twister

Acrylic on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

May 2019

A tough call but got there in the end. This was a blend of a fuzzy Facebook photo for composition and a number of images of the boy Oscar and his dog Boris for likeness.

A smidge of artistic licence needed with this 40th birthday present for Oscar's dad, commissioned by his sister.

It challenged me to dig that bit deeper too.

Client's comment: 'The painting captured a typical moment between boy and dog, and my brother was very impressed. Thanks Tamsin. It looks great on their wall.'

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Maverick

Acrylic on box canvas

90cm x 60cm

March 2019

The late Maverick was an absolute dream of a horse, I'm told, as well as a striking beast.

A treasured companion immortalised on canvas and now hanging on the client's high walls in Glasgow.

Client's comment: 'Oh wow! I love it! I love how you've done his colour rather than him being a flat orange. He used to change colour in the seasons. The colour is perfect.

You've got his expression too. He was nice-natured.'

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The Chase

Acrylic on stretched canvas

80cm x 60cm

March 2019

Finished this commission in March but the birthday boy wanted to save it till his big day in June.

A nail-bitingly long time wait for the verdict but thankfully he liked it.

Features his three favourite racehorses, Castoret, Denman and Rooster Booster.

Client's comment: 'My fovourite bit is Castoret. Brilliant job."

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Chris and Chris

Acrylic on box canvas

40cm x 40cm

January 2019

A surprise present to capture a joyful outing for this cycling duo.

Yes, the bike is supposed to be that small. It's a little electric tandem.

Client's comment: 'Very happy with the results of my commissioned artwork. Tamsin has created a lasting memory from a snapshot of a fun day in the summer sun that will brighten our winter wall space.

Love the portfolio and just wish we had room for a wonderful bird study as displayed here. Hope the wider public are able to appreciate this clever artistry too. Well done Tamsin.'

Bunker

Acrylic on box canvas

45cm x 35cm

March 2018

Love that moment of impact in any physical activity. Never been a golfer myself but can still appreciate the satisfaction of a solid strike.

This one was for a very dedicated golfer indeed. Three times a week minimum. Happy birthday!

Client's comment: 'Delighted with the painting. It's exactly what I was looking for as a special birthday present. You capture the atmosphere of the subject matter so well. A very successful commission. Many thanks.'

Alex

Acrylic on box canvas

60cm x 50cm

March 2018

Continuing my recent run of bike-themed paintings, this was a birthday present for the action man in the saddle.

Another fab reference photo to work from.

As gifts go, you can't get much more personalised than that.

Client's comment: 'I love the colours and the movement. I love the way your eye gets drawn to the biker, my husband. It's awesome and will have pride of place in our front room.'

 

Bounce

Acrylic on box canvas

60cm x 50cm

February 2018

The client provided a great photo to work from.

Apart from my self-portrait, which was an experiment inspired by a trip to Edinburgh's National Portrait Gallery, this was my first proper go at faces.

Love a challenge. Always learning.

Client's comment: 'Thank you Tamsin. You've captured the exuberance of my kids perfectly. I love it.'

Ride It

Acrylic on box canvas

45cm x 35cm

January 2018

My first ever commission. Will be for ever grateful to the wonderful client who took a complete leap of faith in trusting me to do this and believed in me totally.

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