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Hi, thanks for dropping in on Paw-Traits4u part of Soo’s Arts ‘n’ Crafts. I’m Soo, (the one with the long blonde hair) with Scroat, yes you read right, Scroat by name and Scroat by nature.......


About the Artist

I am, I suppose, what you would call a ‘Hobby Artist’, if there is such a term.  I have always had a natural ability to draw and paint and was able to do so as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. I possess no formal qualifications in Art apart from an A-level gained at night school in 1983. At school I always received the highest marks from my teachers for my Art work (which was more than I could say for any other subject), and my pictures were invariably exhibited at open evening etc.

My love of animal portraits probably stems from my love of animals, I would have loved to work with them, but things weren’t to be, so I have a menagerie at home which comprises of four dogs at present, a pond full of fish that just appeared one day, and a host of frogs and toads. Other animals I have owned, at one time or another, if you can own cats, two beautiful long haired cats, which you can see from the pictures under ‘Other Commissions’, five lizards (making me a Herpetologist of sorts), budgies galore, Jackdaws and Love Birds. People used to bring me injured birds because I had an outside avery (which I built myself), hence I ended up with two Jackdaws, I constantly had to keep extending the avery.

My repertoire consists of:

Animal Portraits, You can commission a completely unique picture of your pet(s) in a combination of pastels and water colour.

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Aboriginal Kangaroo Wix

Traditional Narrowboat Art

Painting on Glass and Mirror Painting

I like to use ethnic patterns such as Celtic Knots , Aztec/Mexican, Aboriginal and Russian patterns as well as flower borders and pictures of boats and yachts.

Aboriginal Art

I am also an Arctophile, no it’s not rude, this means I am a collector of Teddy Bears. I have a collection of over 300 assorted bears and still rising. I collect old and new alike, famous bears and not so famous bears, china bears, wax candle bears, very rude bears, battered bears, you name it I’ve got it. When anyone goes abroad I get them to bring me back a bear. So bring me your bears and I promise to look after them and give them a loving home and lots of friends.  You can see more of my bears at http://growlers-teddybears.co.uk

I recently qualified as a ‘Dog Behaviourist’. unsure of what this entails or have an unruly animal, then check out my site ‘Cerberus’ at http://cerberus-k9s.co.uk


If you would like a portrait of your pet and you have a good quality photograph, I will endeavor to capture your pet’s individuality and character for you to keep for ever.

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