Devon based artist Deborah Mills specialises in animal portraits. Working predominantly in pastels her portraits are produced on simple backgrounds accentuating detail therefore emphasising the animals’ characteristics. Her compositions are usually off set and profiled portraying the animals’ inquisitive nature. She initially underpaints blocks of colour to create the shadow and composition then meticulously overpaints layers of detail bringing the portrait to life. Her work is influenced by her lifetime love of animals and her surroundings. Living on a small family farm constantly inspires her work and her passion for rare and endangered animals.