Mary Herbert, artist

pictures of horses and ponies in the gallery of equine portraits pictures of dogs in the gallery of canine portraits pictures of cats and more in the gallery of other work pictures of people and more in the gallery of other work

Introducing Mary Herbert, animal and portrait artist...

I’m a full time professional artist based in Ceredigion, Wales, originally from Leicestershire. I specialise in pastel portraits.  I love to paint animals, especially horses and dogs, and I’m always happy to consider commissioned portrait work of any animal or person. I also offer tuition

Here on my website, you can discover more about me and my art in the ‘Insight’ section, or simply browse my horse pictures, dog pictures, and other commissioned artwork in the portrait galleries.

To find out more about commissioning a portrait, click here

If you’d like to discuss a portrait, have any comments to make, or there is anything you’d like to ask me that isn’t in the information section, please feel free to contact me.

Mary Herbert's Paintings


Latest News & Upcoming Events...


Live painting demo at CLA Game Fair

on the 18th-20th July I'll be joining some more artists from the Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Ltd stable, demonstrating on their stand at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.  Original paintings and prints will be available to buy.


Sally Mitchell stand at CLA game fair

“Animals by Mary Herbert” exhibition in Ashbourne

I’m pleased to announce my second solo exhibition for 2014.  The venue is St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, Derbyshire and my work is on show from 26th July until 16th August.  Opening times are 9.30-5.00 Monday to Saturday.


Animals by Mary Herbert exhibition Ashbourne

The Artist Exhibition 2014

I’m delighted that my pastel over watercolour painting, “Waiting His Turn”, has been juried into The Artist Open Competition and is on exhibition in the Barn Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Notts 5th June-20th July.

Waiting His Turn by Mary Herbert

Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Ltd

“Cuddle Monsters” and “Have You Herd?” are now available as limited edition prints from Sally Mitchell Fine Arts, along with several of my other images.  Order online direct from the Sally Mitchell Fine Arts website or call 01777 838 234

New prints by Mary Herbert at Sally Mitchell Fine Arts

Akhal Teke Art exhibition in Newmarket

I have two specially painted pastels of Akhal Teke horses included in The Golden Horses of Turkmenistan, an exhibition of work by selected members of the Society of Equestrian Artists on show at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket.  The exhibition runs from 30th April to 13th July 2014 and includes a collection of original paintings, drawings, print and sculpture featuring the Akhal Teke horse.

Mary Herbert's pastels on exhibition at NHRM

Video of ‘Reins of Silk’ pastel painting in progress

My latest YouTube video shows my painting of a Lusitano horse and rider from the Portugese School of Equestrian Art in progressive stages


Learn My Art Secrets!

I’m now taking bookings for courses and workshops where you can learn pastel and animal drawing techniques.  Lots to choose from, to suit everyone from complete beginners to experienced professional artists.  Visit for more info and to book your place. Only very limited places remaining for 2014 but I also offer private tuition for individuals or groups of up to four.

art tuition by Mary Herbert

IJF Christmas card and calendar

Along with other members of the Society of Equestrian Artists, I’ve donated a brand new image to the Injured Jockeys Fund 2014 calendar (mine is September) which was selected in a competition this autumn.  I’m also very proud to have been chosen to paint their card for Christmas this year.  Both items are very important for the IJF’s fundraising and can be purchased at their online shop.

IJF Xmas card & calendar images by Mary Herbert

Christmas items by Mary Herbert for the Injured Jockey's Fund

Peoples Choice Award at Patchings 2013 - second year running!

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for ‘Workmates’ at the Patchings Exhibition, I’m delighted to have won the public vote in the Artist (professional) section two years in a row

Workmates by Mary Herbert - Patchings Peoples Choice Award


Online Shop for Mary Herbert’s Originals and Prints - now open

I’ve set up a web gallery where you can browse and buy pictures “off the peg” directly from the studio.  Easy online ordering and PayPal payment.  Visit Villa Gallery


Portrait portfolio pictures

My portrait portfolio galleries are full of commissioned paintings: take a look at the horses and dogs, as well as the cats, people, sketches and combined portraits.


Portfolio of Horse Portraits
Portfolio of Dog Portraits
People, Sketches, Combined Portraits



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