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...


Article on colour in pastel for The Artist magazine

The September issue of The Artist magazine is now on the shelves, featuring my guide to using colour for pastellists, and including a description of how I painted 'Reins of Silk'.  To buy a copy click here


article on colour for pastellists by Mary Herbert in The Artsist magazine

Whittingham Riddell National Fine Art Open

I'm very happy that "The Big I Am" and "Morning Light" have been juried into the Whittingham Riddell National Fine Art Open Competition. The exhibition opens on 6th August, and continues until the 27th, at the Granary Gallery, Weston Park near Telford, Shropshire TF11 8LE. 11-4 daily, free entry.  Click here for more info


Art by Mary Herbert at National Fine Art Open 2014

The Horse In Art at the Mall Galleries

I have six new paintings on exhibition as part of the Society of Equestrian Artists annual show “The Horse In Art”.  The exhibition is open from 2nd - 6th September 2014 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1. Click here for more info


art by Mary Herbert at SEA 2014 Mall Galleries

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

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.  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 pairs.


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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