Custom Portraits Adelaide

With over 30 years of Art Experience, I have been trained extensively as a Fine Artistic. It is my absolute passion to capture the essence of the energy and personality of my subject when I am tasked to create a beautiful masterpiece of them.

I am able to work from photos and detailed descriptions, however my preference is to meet the person or animal first. This allows me to truly understand them, capture their personality and temperature, which I can then portray in their life like painting. I believe that the eyes are the window to the soul and the main focal point of my work.

Having been trained in oils, acrylics and recently working successfully with soft pastels allows me to work as a freelance artist with Authors on self published book covers and illustrations for children’s novels. I'm proud to present my work  below and welcome any new enquiries for custom paintings for beloved family members and pets, as well as freelance work.

Custom Animal Portraits

I can honestly say that creating a Custom Pet Portrait that will be an ever lasting momento for a family is a real honour for me. My family history with horse and dog training runs deep as we are fifth generation farmers here in Australia. Because of that I feel a strong connection and understanding of animals and have spent my artistic life observing their eyes, movements, body language, interactions and form.

I started sketching horses as a very young girl because back then that was my most favourite thing to do. Over the years I have learnt not only to mirror their image but to include their individual personalities within my work. With all my animal portraits, I strive to honour their special place in their families' lives by creating an emotive and life-like custom portrait.

Ann Shannon Art School - Hand Painted Animal Portraits

Ann Shannon Art School - Custom Pet Portraits From Photos Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Personalized Pet Portraits Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Custom Animal Portraits Adelaide

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Ann Shannon Art School - Custom Dog Portraits From Photos Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Custom Dog Portraits Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Personalised Pet Portraits Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Custom Portrait Paintings Adelaide

Custom Book Covers & Illustrations

It was such a wonderful experience to work with Author Ken Vincent on his book covers of novels and novella, published by Ginninderra Press. During this process I read his draft copies and then met with him to discuss my interpretation of the characters. Ken's descriptions were so detailed that I was able to find models with an uncanny resemblance to help bring his subjects to life. From there we created photo shoots with the models and I was then able to begin creating some really beautiful custom paintings for his covers that you can see below.

Ann Shannon Art School - Commissioned Book Covers Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Commissioned Book Portrait Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Commissioned Book Cover Design Adelaide

Ann Shannon Art School - Commission Book Portraits Adelaide

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