Category Archives: portraits nina squire commissions

Dog and pet portraits in pastel

Pastel of people and Pet portraits

Pet portraits, pastel seascapes and portraits of people

Pastels are a versatile media and recently I’ve been exploring different ways of working with both my dog portraits and Dorset seascapes. I have always enjoyed pastels for pet portraits, they have a natural quality that suits animal fur. I use the best quality materials and Jacksons Art Supplies have a great range of pastel cards and pastel pencils, which are my preferred media for getting detail into my work.

Pet and dog portraits in pastel

Dog portrait of a spaniel in Pastel

Pet Portraits

This is one of my recent spaniel portraits, the customer requested a background and, I hope you’ll agree, the end result is successful. I love working on Spaniel pastel portraits, they have beautiful eyes and I enjoy capturing the essence of their character within the final portrait. This one will be new addition to my online card shop.

I’ve recently been working on a commission of a Headmaster to be part of a permanent display in a school in Sussex. It’s not been presented yet so only a snippet for now. I love the way that hands capture as much of a persons personality as the rest of the portrait. Portraits of people are a lovely gift and especially portraits of people and their beloved pets.

pastel portraits by Nina Squire

Pastel portraits

My pastel classes and workshops start again on the 18th June, we look at a range of subjects but dog portraits are a favourite subject. It’s great learning the skills so that you can create your own pet portraits. We have also been working on Dorset Seascapes, here’s an example of what can be achieved with mixed media and pastels. It’s a fun and quick way of working and you are able to get good results quickly with a few tips and tricks.

pastel paintings of Dorset

Pastel of Dorset

Thanks for reading,

Nina Squire
the pastel artist

A new Etsy Shop

Etsy Shop

I’ve always admired Etsy’s beautiful website and the collection of artists and craft makers. Its the perfect platform for my updated card listing, for a limited time the cards are discounted to £1.99.

I hope you’ll enjoy visiting the display, let me know how you find it. You will need to create an account with Etsy but this helps with payment security which is why I have favoured it.



I sell on Etsy - Nina Squire  - the pastel artist

I sell on Etsy – Nina Squire – the pastel artist

Artist in residence at Larkhill, Home of the Royal Artillery

I returned to Larkhill, Home of the Royal Artillery Point to Point racing since 1947, for the first event of the season on 5th January. A beautiful crisp day and a great day for racing. I’ve been Artist in Residence at the racecourse for over 9 years and I enjoyed getting to know both the owners and riders. Its been a lovely opportunity to watch horses race and enjoy the view of Salisbury Plain. It’s helped my work develop enormously, you learn so much from watching the horses both on the track and as they prepare, you can find more about my pastel portraits of horses by clicking here.

I’ve completed numerous horse portraits in the South West, for owners and trainers including Mr J Barber, Mrs H Goody and Mr John Manners. Here’s one on display while I was working at Larkhill recently.