Artist and sculptor Louise Shaw works from her studio in Henley-on-Thames

My extended practice embraces portraits by commission. I draw from your photographs to capture the individual character the lies beneath the fur.
I work solely in willow charcoal, literally a burnt stem from a willow tree, building up and refining form and texture with layers of soot and smudges.

Presented clean, contemporary frames your artwork is then shipped to you nationally and internationally.

Individual comissions take up to 6  weeks to complete and gift vouchers can be supplied from £150.

Vizsla pup

My drawing style suits a wide variety of breeds and characters. Browse a selection of recently completed portraits in the Gallery.

Boxer Process 2017

I work from client photographs to create a portrait of your dog as you know and love them. I've put together this guidance on the commissioning process to help you.

Portrait Dogs at Henley Show 2017

I love meeting dogs and their humans at events like The Great British Dog Walk and Henley Show. Check my 2018 calendar for upcoming dates.


An email is the ideal way to reach me in the first instance. Once I have an idea of your potential project, we can arrange a time to discuss the details in more depth.


'Just to say our son and daughter were truly DELIGHTED with their great surprise Christmas gift of their pets' portraits.  They thought the likeness amazing and were absolutely thrilled' 

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