Pastel Portraits, Fine Art and Art Tutorials
My name is Emma Colbert and I specialise in pastel painting. I work in a realistic style but always aim to create a painting with more depth and vibrance than the photo reference. I spend my time working on people and pet commissions, as well as my own series of wildlife and landscapes.
You can commission me directly. I specialise in domestic animals like dogs, cats and horses but paint many other animals both to commission and from my own photo reference. I find such joy in capturing an animal’s personality but also find joy these days painting the chair a dog is on, or a windowsill in the sunlight. It’s always about capturing that light convincingly.
I also love painting people, be it a special wedding moment, or a child’s portrait. It’s an entirely different challenge to painting animals, but I find pastel to be the perfect medium for both.
For more information on commissioning a painting have a look in pricing where you will find full details of how to book your place on my list. You can see examples of commissioned and original work in my portfolio above.
I aim to paint what I love when I choose a non commissioned piece to work on. I spend many hours in nature observing and photographing wildlife and it is this connection with nature that has inspired all my recent work. My series of wildlife and landscapes can be seen in several galleries in the UK and Ireland. I also have a limited edition print range available in my shop above.
If you would like to learn how to paint in pastel, have a look on my Patreon channel. With hour long tutorials and demos, reference images and more I hope to share a lot of the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years as an artist. You can see more about me, my work and current filming in the video below.