Katrin Snell

Pet Portrait and Wildlife  Artist

Hi, I am Katrin a self taught pet portrait and wildlife artist working mainly in light fast acid free, Coloured Pencil. I also like to work in pastel pencils and acrylic paint. 

Growing up in South Yorkshire I have drawn and painted since I could hold a pencil. I have always had pets and a love for Wildlife, as children my family had dogs, cats, a rabbit, guinea pigs, hamsters and fish.

Walking in the Yorkshire countryside with the family dogs was a part of our daily routine.

We relocated when I was 16 to West Somerset, now living in West Somerset at the foot of the  Quantock hills which I can see from my back garden and also close to Exmoor. 

live with my husband, 3 young boys and our two springer spaniels Alfie and Barney, spending  a lot of time outside  exploring the surrounding countryside and spending our summers in North Devon. All these  landscapes and their wildlife inspire me in my artwork.

We all have a great love of animals and spend many dog walks learning more about the wildlife and habitats. My sons also have a love of animals especially my eldest who is a great lover of birds.

I have a real passion for my art, always developing new techniques and finding new materials. My style is highly detailed and photorealistic, I like to make each piece as realistic as possible but also like to capture the animals personality and characteristics. I like to study various photos and have recently started trying to learn more about specific animals to help me understand them more and portray them in my work. I love challenging myself and each individual piece, whether it be a pet portrait commission or a wildlife piece, it has a special place in my heart and much love and care has been taken to produce it. 

Each piece can take anything from 50 hrs  to over 100 hrs. 

I am one of Theo Paphitis’s Small Business Sunday winners. I have also been shortlisted for a Rural business award.

My work has been featured in Exmoor magazine and Somerset Living magazine.