English artist Gayle Mason was born in 1959 and prefers to work in graphite and coloured pencils and pastels. Gayle says...

I was born in Lancashire but crossed the border into Yorkshire when I got married, and I still lives in Yorkshire with my family, which includes the Glenspey Rough Collies.

I usually works in acrylic or mixed media with the occasional graphite drawing when I want a break from colour. As a full elected member of The Society of Feline Artists, I exhibit with them in the annual exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London.

After gaining a BSC (Hons) in Zoology at University my aim was to work with animals. Sadly that didn't work out so instead I started a small kennel of rough collies, encouraged the birds to visit my garden and spent holidays photographing animals in the wild. In 2001 I started drawing with coloured pencil. My own dogs acted as the models for my early drawings and paintings as well as being the source of my 'Fur in the Paint' blog.

My aim with my artwork is to capture the essence of each animal so that they almost appear alive on the paper. My giclée prints and originals are found worldwide in both corporate and private collections, and I am developing a range of guides on techniques in coloured pencils with a cat and a dog available now.

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