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About Artist Emma Gillo

South Downs National Park
Welcome to The Gifted Hound! 

My name is Emma and I work from my West Sussex studio at the foot of the South Downs. I have always been creative and worked in fashion for many years. I started to draw again once my children were both at school. However, I would often struggle with what to draw, so, as inspiration, I started with our family dog! I soon found that I absolutely loved drawing and painting animals of all shapes and sizes. It seems my enthusiasm was infectious as I began to get commission requests through friends and family. 

A few years on, and with many animal drawings done, I launched The Gifted Hound card range. I now have a successful Etsy shop and the card range has grown to include many gift ideas, from mugs and tea towels to brooches and notebooks.

The core of my business though is always your pets, I love creating their portraits and getting an insight into their personalities through your stories. A pet portrait is a wonderful gift or a fitting tribute to those no longer with us. 


I now have the pleasure of working with many varied animals and owners, capturing something of their beloved pets personality, to be treasured forever.

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