Michele Ashby is an artist living in Essex, England. Having trained in Graphic Design at Kingston Polytechnic, she followed a career as a graphic designer.

One Mother’s Day, Michele gifted a pastel drawing of her beloved Labradoodle Bobby to her mum and unthinkingly posted the picture on Facebook. After a grand and unexpected reception from friends and family, she began taking commissions to draw other peoples’ furry friends and so, Michele’s Pet Pawtraits was born.

In pursuit of new challenges, Michele saw a new avenue down which she could take artistic strides. She drew a close member of the family in the way of a gift, then pretty soon people began requesting artwork of their loved ones.

Now, as well as continuing her work with Michele’s Pet Pawtraits and Michele’s Portraits, she draws personal pieces that are more reminiscent of what she drew in her spare time in her youth.

Inspiration comes to Michele by way of shadows dancing on an otherwise routine dog walk, sailboats half-sunk in a muddy estuary or a row of cows lining up to stare as she walks by.

Van Gogh once said that “great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” and this is certainly true in the case of this artist. Whether it was sketching her children as they slept or taking on the largest pawtrait of her career, Michele Ashby didn’t become who she is through one giant act of artistic spontaneity, but instead through a lifetime of creativity.