Hi, welcome to my site!  I’m Avril, and I’m an artist based in Wantage, in Oxfordshire, UK.

I specialise in animals and pet portraits using pastels and coloured pencils, and I am always looking for new ways to explore different mediums.

Avril Parkes at her drawing board


I believe that all animals have their own personality, and sometimes even a sense of humour.  If you watch an animal for long enough, it will do something entertaining – possibly on purpose.

I aim to combine my passion for drawing and colour with my love of animals to create colourful and interesting art.  If you would like to chat about commissioning a pet portrait, or something a bit different, contact me now.


You can buy limited and open edition prints of various pieces of my art.  Prints are a great way of getting your hands on an affordable piece of art for your wall.


Some original pieces are still available, and will appear on my shop page soon.  If there is a particular piece of art that you would like to enquire about, contact me now.

Pet Portraits

Do you have a pet with the most adorable face and an exceptional personality?  Are you looking for a gift for someone who would love a portrait of their fur-baby?  I will create a pet portrait for you that will capture your pet’s character.

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© Avril Parkes 2020