Welcome to my website


My name is Lucy Swinburne, I'm a pastel portrait artist specialising in animal and pet portraits but am also keen on people and family portraits too!

I have always had a love of animals, domestic and wildlife inclusive. At home we currently have three Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs (Zack, Max and Temi), a Border Collie (Gemma) and Kesha the Staffy. Add to the mix a rescue cat (China), 2 dwarf hamsters and 2 rabbits. Yes, we are bonkers!

I trained as a Graphic Designer in 1988 but spent the following 10 enjoyable years working as a print estimator and account executive.

Since 2001 I have been successfully completing commissions for clients' and demonstrating and exhibiting at Dog Agility shows in the UK. I was selected as a finalist from 10,500 entries in the Daily Mail's first "Not the Turner Prize" competition in 2003 and subsequently exhibited at the Mall Galleries. I also write articles regularly for the Leisure Painter magazine.

Over the last six years I have been holding regular artist workshops, where I tutor students in my pastel technique. These painting workshops are based on animal subjects, wildlife or domestic and more recently, people portraits. I also provide individual tuition, demonstrate for art groups and run a private class in Hertfordshire.

Most recently I have been commissioned to write a book by Search Press called 'Drawing Masterclass - Animals'. The book is aimed at beginners and amateurs alike and the medium is based on Graphite pencil. 

Do click the link to my Facebook page for extra information, tips and tutorials and to talk to me. I love to hear from you and see any work you are doing! And please don't hesitate in contacting me whether it is to leave a comment, ask about forthcoming workshops in pastels or enquiries regarding commissions as I would love to hear from you.

I hope you enjoy looking at my website.