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...


The Horse in Art Exhibition at the Museum of the Horse

I have six paintings included in The Art of the Horse, which is the annual exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists.  It is taking place at Sally Mitchell's Gallery & Museum of the Horse, Tuxford, NG22 0LA. The exhibition runs from 31st August to 15 September. Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 8.30am - 3.00pm

Pictured below is one of my entries: ‘Dancing in the Spotlight’, oil, 36x52”

Dancing in the Spotlight oil painting by Mary Herbert

Osborne Studio Gallery exhibition

Four of my pastel paintings were selected amongst the ‘Best Works’ from the Society of Equestrian Artists to go on from their Art of the Horse exhibition to represent the show in London.  The exhibition is at the Osborne Studio Gallery, Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU 19-26 September 2015 (please note, dates showing on OSG website are incorrect at the time of writing)

paintings by Mary Herbert at Osborne Studio Gallery

The Art of Arabian Racing, Newmarket

I have three drawings on display at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket as part of their exhibition of invited artists’ work on The Art of Arabian Racing.  The show is open from 1st August to 5th October 2015

drawings by Mary Herbert at NHRM Art of Arabian Racing

Cardigan Bay Gallery, Aberystwyth

I’m very excited to be part of a brand new co-operative of artists running a gallery in the centre of Aberystwyth, showcasing local art and craft.  The gallery is on Terrace Road close to the promenade and is open daily 10-5. Click here for more

Cardigan Bay Gallery Aberystwyth

British Horse Society Christmas Card 2014

I was approached earlier in the year by the BHS who asked if I would paint their 2014 Christmas card. Of course I said yes! The card shows three rescue ponies who are the faces of an appeal by the charity to address the problem of abandoned horses and ponies in the UK.  Read more about their stories here.  Proceeds from the cards sold and the original artwork will go directly to help the campaign.  Click the following links to buy: Large cards (5 for 10) - Small cards (3.50 for 10)


British Horse Society Christmas card 2014 by Mary Herbert

Another pastel article for The Artist magazine

See the October 2014 issue of the Artist mag, featuring my practical article on Realistic Textures in Pastel Pencil. A follow-up to the previous piece on colour, there are lots of examples of how I tackle paintings of different surfaces, and a three-step demo of my Icelandic horse painting, “Another Bad Hair Day”.  To buy a copy click here


Realistic textures in pastel by Mary Herbert

Peoples’ Choice Award at Society of Equestrian Artists exhibition

Huge thanks to everyone who voted for my donkey painting, “Cuddle Monsters” at the SEA annual exhibition at the Mall galleries, London in September.  I’m very proud indeed that this painting won the prize for the most popular artwork chosen by members of the public; it means a great deal to me that visitors to the show enjoyed my work.


Society of Equestrian Artists award for Mary Herbert's "Cuddle Monsters"

Article on colour in pastel for The Artist magazine

The September 2014 issue of The Artist magazine features 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

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



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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