Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson Artworks

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Hello and welcome to my website!

My name is Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson and I am a pet and wildlife artist living in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside totally surrounded by the wildlife that I adore!!

I’ve always been dotty about animals and, over the years, have been owned by lots of pets... dogs, cats, budgies, rabbits, mice, chickens, horses and even the odd frog or two!!

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie underneath the mistletoe with her Chocolate Labrador, Brodie

I know how precious our pets are to us and that is why having a portrait created is a wonderful way of capturing their individual character and spirit.

My passion for my subjects shines through my work, and my attention to fine detail gives a natural and lifelike appearance. Each portrait takes many hours of work and I use the highest quality pastel pencils, soft pastel sticks and paper to achieve the best results.

Original pastel artwork,fine art giclee prints and greeting cards are always available to purchase. Please contact me for details.

I am a member of the Society for All Artists (SAA).

Please feel free to contact me by email to discuss a special pet or wildlife portrait. Whether it’s a gift for a lucky friend, relative or for yourself, I’d be happy to help you make your choice!!

If you are unsure about what the recipient would like, I also offer gift vouchers for you to give!


If you would like to commission a portrait, the first step is to contact me with your details and requirements by using the ‘Contact Me’ form. I require a £20.00 deposit before I begin your portrait. When your portrait is completed I will ask you to view it online. Once you have confirmed that you are 100% happy with it, I will ask for the balance to be paid prior to despatch. If you don't like the portrait, you don't have to buy it. I want you to be happy with my artwork. I will make changes until you are completely satisfied. If I don't succeed, you don't have to send payment and I will refund your deposit... as simple as that. So you have absolutely nothing to lose. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or Paypal (you don’t need a Paypal account). I will invoice you initially for the deposit and then again later for the balance of payment upon completion. If you are paying by cheque, despatch will be after clearance of your cheque. I aim to be able to complete your portrait within 14 – 60 days depending on its size and the time of year. Please make cheques payable to: Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson.


Prices are for head and shoulders only with a plain or simple background. Double mounting and framing can be arranged for you at a very reasonable extra cost and I will be able to help and advise you with your choice.

Approximate Size
10" x 10" £140
12" x 12" £165
14" x 14" £190

Please add £70 per extra subject.
Sizes are the paper size and not the image size. The image will be sized to best fit the paper. Please note that size 10 x 10 is not suitable for a double portrait and 12 x 12 is only suitable for 2 smaller animals. For special commissions and other sizes, please feel free to contact me. Prices do not include postage, please enquire if you require your portrait posting. Overseas customers please contact me for a postage quote to your chosen destination.

Pastel paintings need to be handled carefully as they can easily smudge and they should also not be placed in direct sunlight as this would provoke fading.

Photography tips

I specialise in head and shoulder portraits, therefore in order or me to produce the best likeness of your pet, it is vital that I work from good quality, clear photographs. Other photographs you may have are useful for extra reference for things like colouring and markings and will also help me get an idea of your pets character.


I can work from actual photographs or jpeg images.

Photographs are best taken level with the animal and not from above. This will help to make it look a far more natural pose. You may need to recruit the help of a friend with a squeaky toy to help you get your pet’s attention too!

I can only paint what I can see, so care in taking the photograph will ensure the best likeness. Details like colouring, markings and most especially the eyes will make it look more like your pet.

If your pet has passed away, I will do my very best with the photographs that you have. I know just how precious these memories are.

All photographs will be looked after carefully and returned to you when the portrait is completed.

Whilst good, clear photographs are my favourite to work from, sometimes this isn’t possible. I have, in the past, been able to reproduce a pets' photograph for people whose pets have passed away when they only have one or two grainy photographs. If this is the case, I can advise you whether it is possible to create a portrait from such a reference photograph.

Dogs Gallery - Click on thumbnails to enlarge

Cats Gallery - Click on thumbnails to enlarge

Big Cats Gallery - Click on thumbnails to enlarge

Neither Cats or Dogs Gallery - Click on thumbnails to enlarge

Thanks to the following for the use of their reference material: Cat’s Eye; Omar Riva. Tiger Cub on log; 8 Eyes Photography.
Colobus Monkey; Sam Sam. Barbary Macaque; Belgian chocolate / Frank Wouters. Cat; Lisa Solnynko. Scottie Dog; Lovestruck Gillie.
Amur Leopard; DigitalART2. White Tiger, Cheetah, Golden Lion Tamarins , Jaguar Cub, Tiger Cub and Leopar ; Emmanuel Keller.
Bright Eyes’ Elise Thomas; ‘Harvest Mouse’ Ken Taylor; ‘On the Catwalk’ Stan Jackson; ‘Mr Fox’ Jan Smith


A great service from Anne-Marie. Luna’s portrait was absolutely spot on and the detail was so very real. I would highly recommend Anne-Marie, she is a very talented lady! Thank you! - M.W.

Our gorgeous Rottweiler, Joey has been perfectly captured by Anne-Marie and has pride of place on the wall next to the picture of our Cat Anne-Marie did a while back. Both pictures capture perfectly our little fur-babies and I would highly recommend Anne-Marie. - A.C.

I am absolutely thrilled to bits with the stunning portrait Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson created of my much loved Labrador Retriever Indi - it is so unmistakably him, the likeness of the portrait still takes my breathe away - Anne-Marie managed to bring him back to life for me and I love starring at his portrait now he is no longer with me. Anne-Marie made the entire process enjoyable, and I loved how much she took the time to get to know Indi - his personality is captured in abundance. An amazing artist with incredible skill and a wonderfully kind and generous human! I'd recommend Anne-Marie to anyone looking to have a portrait of their pet - you will be in save hands - she will do them justice! - H.K.

Anne-Marie did the most amazing art work for me. Despite having only photos to help her she captured the very soul of the two cats. She clearly has an incredible talent,nay gift,for what she creates.I totally recommend Anne-Marie and cannot emphasize enough how thrilled I am with the art that was beautifully framed and shipped to me in Canada. ★★★★★ - L.K.

The quality of the portrait Anne Marie did for me of champers is fantastic she has taken great care to detail and has captured her magnificently it’s just like her. I would definitely ask Anne Marie todo a portrait for me again in the future and hope she will do one containing my four dogs. - D.G.

I would highly recommend Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson Artworks, as her work is truly beautiful and her attention to detail is incredible. I arranged for Anne-Marie to commission a portrait for my partner, of his beloved dog, Ben. There was excellent communication with Anne-Marie throughout. From discussing my requirements, to providing her with photographs and keeping me updated with the progress. My partner doesn't cry much, but on opening his present, it brought a tear to his eye. It was the exact image of his old dog. It was like a photograph. To this day my partner says it is one of the best presents ever. Having been impressed by her work, my partner then decided to arrange to have a commission portrait of my gorgeous dog, as a gift for me. And once again, Anne-Marie did not let us down. From the detail on her fur, glistening eyes, to the gloss of her coat. The portrait is absolutely beautiful. We are now own 2 portraits by Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson Artworks, which take pride of place on our wall. I would highly recommend Anne-Marie, you wont be disappointed and the customer service is excellent. - S.J.

The artwork Anne Marie has done for me has brought so many smiles, happy tears and the best memories to our hearts. I feel truly lucky to have found someone to capture the beauty and soul of our much missed pets. Would recommend Anne Marie 1000 times over!! - K.B.

I sadly lost my dear cat Spike earlier in the year. I was heartbroken and the house felt so empty without him. I commissioned Anne-Marie to do a portrait of him and I was absolutely thrilled with the finished portrait. Anne-Marie kept me updated with her progress on the portrait and checked with me several times that I was happy with it. She has captured him perfectly and I now feel like I have my boy back home with me. It certainly helped me to get over his loss and I just love it. Anne-Marie framed the portrait for me and it arrived beautifully packaged. I can't recommend her artwork enough and I will certainly be having a portrait done of my next furry pal - J.S.

If you are considering commissioning a portrait of your beloved pet, look no further. You have just found the perfect artist in Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson. Her portrait of my beautiful Golden Retriever, Rosie, hangs in pride of place on my living room wall, a source of constant pleasure. Go for it! You won't regret it, I can assure you. - D.M.

Anne-Marie is very talented and puts a lot of care into her portraits. We've had 3 commissions so far (more to follow), all brilliant and I am exceptionally pleased with the latest portrait of our little one Chloe, she has truly captured her personality and I cannot thank her enough. - C.M.

I am now the very proud owner of one of Anne-Marie’s paintings. She has captured Inky’s charm and character so well. I will be recommending to my friends. - J.S.

Wonderful ,stunning realistic work. Delightful to view ! - K.S.

You won't find a better artist than Anne-marie. Awesome talent. Captures the character and emotion. - S.A.

Amazing animal portraits! So lifelike and beautiful. You are a very talented Artist! - V.P.

Simply love Anne-Marie's art she captures the very soul of the subject, I've had 3 commissions done by Anne-Marie so far, and absolutely love them, they are among our prized possessions! there may be another one very soon!! - K.B.

I am lucky enough to have two of Anne-Marie's origInal paintings. Stunning. A commission I asked her to do of a spaniel was just as brilliant - Barney was just so real. Anne-Marie is an extremely talented lady. - R.B.D.

Anne Marie's works speak for theirselves. and the fantastic talent she has. - G.B.

We can’t find the words to express what this portrait means to us. You have brought Shep back to life for us. Mr & Mrs M D. Norfolk

What a wonderful portrait of Barney. You have really captured the look and character of this lovely boy. We had this portrait painted for Barney’s owners and it was very hard for us to part with it!! Thank you so much, Anne-Marie!! RB Devon

Thank you so much Anne-Marie for the beautiful painting of our much missed Chocolate Labrador, Holly. You have totally captured her lovely eyes and almost impish smile! The mug in her mouth just reminds me of the time she picked up my mug after a cup of tea!! You are so talented and no one should have any qualms about having their pet painted. A very big thank you!! JW Yorkshire

The portrait of Cody was brilliant!! My mum broke down when she saw it and my dad had to walk out of the house to take a breather. They said that they couldn’t believe how amazing it was and how much it looks like him sitting there. A C Norwich

 Cody was our first dog and he grew up with the girls, loving all of the family as much as we loved him. 2 years ago he became very poorly but with the help of the vets lasted longer than we ever thought. I cannot believe the sadness and emptiness a dog can leave in your heart, but to open that portrait of him on Christmas Day was such an emotional moment but also joyous. Thank you so much for our lovely portrait. He was 11 years old.Mrs C Norwich

The following is from a letter published in the North Norfolk News September 8th 2016
‘Reggie’s portrait is doggone lovely’
We want to say how delighted we are with the pet portrait that we have received following our dog, Reggie winning the recent Pet Idol competition. The artist, Anne-Marie Wills-Wilson, succeeded in creating a wonderful likeness of Reggie. She is so talented and kept us informed throughout. Thank you so much. S&TW, Cromer

Thank you so much for the stunning portrait you completed of our beautiful dog Reggie, commissioned as part of his prize for winning a competition. The portrait has exceeded our expectations and your talent is second to none. The portrait is hanging in our living room for everyone who visits to appreciate - Even all of us who live here cannot stop admiring it! Thank you once again, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for animal portraits in the future. Anna, Cromer

Robert and I were thrilled to see our two Japanese Spitz so beautifully sketched. You have really captured their personalities. They are lifelike. These portraits will be cherished forever. M&R. London

We met Anne-Marie and her chocolate lab Brodie at puppy classes with our Clumber spaniel Gus. A lovely lady with an exceptional talent for creating the most beautiful portraits .
Unfortunately we lost our darling boy Gus at only 8months old very suddenly ,it totally broke our hearts .We now have 2 clumber spaniels Bronn almost 3 and our baby Bayda who’s 10 months old .We decided to have a portrait done of all 3 of our boys . Ever since I met Anne -Marie , I knew it would be her to do this for us !!
We are so over the moon with the portrait it is absolutely beautiful , it has pride of place in our lounge ,where we can enjoy and think of all the cherished memories we have of our darling Gus. She has captured Bronn’s soft angelic look , just as he is ,and Bayda’s cheekiness ,we are so so happy with this .
We are soon going to be asking Anne-Marie to do another two portraits for us of our previous two dogs, our Benji a cross lab/ springer & Zebedee, our liver & white springer spaniel , can not wait to see what we know will be beautiful .
A huge thank you to Anne-Marie for all the work and hours you have put into our portrait ,we couldn’t be happier and look forward to the next two portraits soon. C & KB, Norfolk

Jay: Me and my nan asked Anne-Marie if she could do a portrait of my parents dog for them for a Christmas present. The process was so easy thanks to her kind and friendly emails. When my parents opened the portrait they were so pleased. They didn't have a clue what is was. My mum cried and said it was the best present. It is such a beautiful portrait and it take pride of place in our lounge. J.W. Norfolk

Flynn: We had this painting done of our beloved Irish Terrier Flynn for Christmas as it was a year since I lost him. My wife was delighted with it and it is hung above her desk at home so she can remember him daily.
A perfect likeness, thank you so much. R.O. Norfolk

‘The portrait is just perfect!! Thank you!!’    IDJ

‘Stunning detail and emotional presence’        KM  (USA)

‘An amazing artist! Such beautiful detail. Thank you very much‘. S.M.J.

‘The attention to detail is so precise. Thank you so much!!‘ K.S.

‘The work produced by this lady is nothing short of accurate and charming. She always manages to catch the essence of whichever animal that is lucky enough to have her duplicate it.‘ L.D. Canada

‘Thank you so much for the portraits of our Yorkshire Terriers, the likeness is uncanny and I am over the moon with the results, you will be highly recommended to my friends and family.Excellent work!‘ C.M.

‘I would like to thank you for the wonderful work you have done with the pastel drawings of our two Yorkshire Terrier dogs. The likeness is astonishing, you certainly have captured their natures perfectly. The drawings will take pride of place over the fireplace. Best wishes and keep up the excellent work.‘ G.S.

‘Thank you very much indeed for the portrait of 'Chocky' !! It's wonderful!! Absolutely superb!!‘ E.S.

‘What can I say, this stunning portrait has really captured my collies essence a thing no photograph has ever done. It is hard to put into words how talented this artist is and how much care and love is put into every portrait she does. Thank you again.‘ DT

'Anne-Marie, we can't tell you how much your picture means to us.
I had no idea you were creating this and was simply stunned when, after receiving it this morning and Ronnie carefully unwrapped it, I was looking right at our old Benji as if he was still alive.
I cannot express the words at how well you have shown Benji;s contentment in his expression as he looks over his shoulder at the world when we were out walking and we cannot thank you enough for taking the time and patience in creating our Benji's pleasure and fulfilment we always loved to see.
Each and every stroke of your hand shows the thoughtfulness you have shown for us and we will be forever grateful for the exceptionally wonderful art you have made that will keep Benji close to us always. We will always look upon this wonderful picture in our home and think of your drawing tenderness with gratitude that cannot be measured.
You also wrote a poem that captured how much Benji meant to us... thank you dear Anne-Marie, it was such a beautiful poem  xx
Thank you sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts.'  JJ & RD

'Thank you Anne-Marie so much for my Beautiful portrait of Katie my faithful friend and companion .When I look into her eyes I can see right into the real heart of my first Goldie. Forever loved and treasured. You have captured  the real spirit and love of a faithful friend. My Katie.'   JW

'What a wonderful surprise to receive a beautiful drawing of my dear late German Shepherd drawn by Anne-Marie. When I look at Zara’s picture, I can see her again. Thank you for your wonderful drawing, Anne-Marie. How clever you are!'  IJM

'We commissioned Anne-Marie to produce a picture of my parents retriever, Max, as a surprise Christmas present. We were delighted with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending Anne-Marie's work: the picture was beautifully executed and she had perfectly captured the essence of Max. My parents were absolutely thrilled with the picture which now has pride of place hanging over the mantelpiece in their cottage.'

'The portrait you did of Peggy is fantastic. I'm so impressed with the final product and would gladly recommend you to friends and family. The likeness is uncanny and has captured her sweet and gentle demeanour.'

'Animal portraits are not normally 'my cup of tea'. But, on being given "His Majesty" for Christmas and opening the gift I found the expression portrayed extremely moving. Anne-Marie has captured a look I find totally emotional - not wistful or reflective but a look indicative of great loss. This is a haunting and remarkable work.' R.D. Cornwall

'Such a wonderful portrait. I would love to stroke that thick mane, I can almost feel its texture. He does have searching eyes, looking for something. A fabulous painting by Anne-Marie.' R.B. Devon

‘Mum was absolutely thrilled with her picture of Thisbe. Thank you so much. The picture captured Thisbe perfectly, particularly her eyes and I was so impressed you were able to do this from only one photo. The portrait now has pride of place in Mum's house. Thank you again ‘

‘Thank you so much for the amazing portraits you have done for us of our late dogs Jake and Tilly who we sadly lost the at the beginning of this year. We felt we wanted to have portraits done of them to put on the wall so they were still with us. Your amazing talent has brought them almost back to life every time I look at them I just want to stroke them as they make us feel as though they are actually looking back at us.
It was such a hard decision to put them to rest but as I say your talent has made this much easier as we can still see them as they were every day.
We are all over the moon with you portraits and will recommend you to anyone who asks. Everyone I have shown the images to on my phone is amazed at your amazing talent.’



Even if you are using home photographs, permission should be sought from the photographer for me to use it. If you are using a professionally taken photograph, you must also obtain written permission from the photographer.

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