The Catherine Gallery


Welcome to the Catherine Gallery, which is an online display of the creative work of Hampshire based artist Catherine Cook.

Catherine´s portfolio of work includes animal portraits of dogs, horses and cats. Catherine completes animal art commissions in a range of media including: graphite pencil, oil pastel, coloured pencil to watercolour painting.

We are a nation of animal lovers and to capture a loving companion in a picture is a wonderful gift and an item to treasure. Browse the Gallery to view the range of work completed by Catherine.

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Spring and Easter blank Greeting cards on Etsy Kingfisher greeting card on Etsy Animal Inspired Blank cards sold on Etsy by Catherine Cook

A new range of greeting cards and gifts for animal lovers everywhere:

  • Greeting Cards
  • Animal Art Prints
  • Notebooks
  • Gift Vouchers



Meet Catherine

I have always found great pleasure when drawing and painting. From an early age growing-up in the countryside of Suffolk, inspiration was never far away. As a child I was regularly drawing whether it be a cartoon of Garfield or Mickey Mouse to pencil sketches of the family dogs, houses and buildings around me. I was never happier than when absorbed in creating a picture.

I followed my passion for artistic and decorative making and progressed along the road of education culminating in the achievement of a BA Hons in Contemporary Decorative Crafts.

I enjoy the journey of making from the anticipation when faced with the blank canvas, the challenges to observe the important details and to capture the spirit and emotion, culminating in the final complete portrait. The presentation of animal portraits to clients has provoked some very heart warming responses and always makes me feel satisfied I have achieved my goal. The ultimate critique and the most important opinion comes from the owners.

If you would like to discuss a portrait project with Catherine please click contact.

Commission a Portrait

Portraits are completed on a commission basis, so each painting or drawing is tailored to each client's wishes. Commission prices are based on the size and choice of media, a price guide for a portrait supplied in an A4 window mount is shown below:

(supplied in an A4 window mount )
Graphite Pencil Drawing or Fine Line Ink
Watercolour Painting
Oil Painting
Priced per commission
Framing services are available on request
Priced per commission

Copyright - Please note all Copyright permissions remain the ownership of the artist Catherine Cook, even when original artwork is purchased. Copies of the artwork commissioned may be used on promotional websites, portfolios and printed material by Catherine Cook.

How does the commission process work?

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  • Photos

    The starting point for a commission is to choose a clear in-focus photograph. It does not matter if there are objects or people in the background, as this can be excluded from the final portrait. The photo needs to show as much detail as possible and have even lighting. It is important to choose an image with reflects the character of your pet, with an expression or position they often display.

  • Media

    Catherine will review the photos and discuss the most appropriate media which can include: water colour, graphite pencil, coloured pencil, oil pastel and oil paint. The colouring of the animal and texture can lend itself to certain media.

  • Prices

    The price of commissioning an animal portrait is determined by the size of the final piece and the choice of media. The prices above are an indication, Catherine is happy to complete work to meet your bespoke requirements.

  • Sketches

    Catherine will start by completing sketches from the photo, which helps discover the textures and proportions needed for the final composition.

  • Painting

    Once Catherine is happy with the prepartory sketches the painting/drawing of the final portrait will commence. Catherine prefers to work aiming for a 4 week completion, but flexibility is always possible to meet an important birthday or speciic date.

  • Final Painting

    Once the painting is complete, if it is a watercolour or graphite picture it will be set within a mount, ready for framing when convenient. The grand unveiling and presentation of the portrait is an exciting time. Portraits capture a moment in time, of a loving companion and often an extended member of the family!

Client Reviews

  • watercolour commission

    "Having seen a display of Catherine's work in Alresford Library, I commissioned her to paint a portrait of my mother in law's Westie. I am delighted with the result, it is beautiful and incredibly life like. Thank you! "

  • watercolour commission

    "Thank you so much Catherine for our wonderful Artwork of our cats Stella and Marley that now join the Artwork you also done of Molly and Pepi a little while back, we couldn't be happier "

  • watercolour commission

    "The picture has arrived safety, and we are utterly delighted with the paining, it is amazing and all we could have hoped for. I know my dad is going to love it for his birthday. Thank you so much again"

  • pencil portrait commission

    "I have just received the portrait of Poppy which is delightful and captures her very well."

  • watercolour commission

    "I've just been given a painting of my dog for my bithday that you painted. It's great a true likeness. I hope its your first upside down dog painting and first of many thanks"

  • watercolour commission

    "Just to say that we are over the moon with the painting of Alfie and thank you very much."

Contact Catherine

If you would like to discuss an animal portrait commission or if you have any questions please contact Catherine:

Tel. 07940 854608 Email:

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