My two great loves have always been animals and art and I have pursued both throughout my life. I was born in England into an army family and spent years of my childhood in Cyprus, Nigeria and Germany. After attending art school, I emigrated to Sydney, Australia and there I raised my two children while working as a qualified veterinary nurse. A job I loved. I returned home to England in 2019 and live in the beautiful Kent countryside with my husband, who is a writer, and the pets I adopted whilst nursing.
While in Australia I sought out different ways to express myself artistically but I have always returned to the simple pencil. With graphite pencils I honed my skills drawing the animals I loved most, my own pets. My drawing took on another dimension altogether when I braved the world of coloured pencils and started taking on all creatures great and small. Since arriving home in England, having taken up my pencils full time, I have been creating realistic and highly detailed portraits of animals, capturing their unique, wonderful personalities for clients. I have always thought of my pets as members of the family and have been an advocate for animal welfare all my life. I honour this by giving all of myself to each and every portrait. So much so, I ultimately end up feeling quite an attachment to the much loved animal I am drawing. My hope is this bond, along with my love of animals, is conveyed in the finished artwork.
"I'm so happy with Bruno and when my Mum sees it she will want one doing. Thanks for making such a beautiful portrait, you have been wonderful" ESTHER
"Tamsin drew Dave for me and her ability to capture his spirit is extraordinary. It's as if she's drawn his character as well as his face. I'm so delighted to have such a timeless picture of him". ELOISE
"Tamsin is insanely talented. Not only is the drawing we commissioned absolutely beautiful but she managed to capture the essence and character of the dog to a tee. She's a total perfectionist. She also happens to be lovely to deal with. I cannot recommend Tamsin highly enough. Thank you Tamsin" PRU