Hello and welcome to my website, my name is Sema Martin and I am a professional Pet Portrait Artist based in Wales, UK. I grew up in Kent which was a wonderful opportunity for a weekly trip to the National Gallery in London. It was my happy place when growing up. I then moved to Sheffield to study and surrounded by the countryside I decided to join the caving society which allowed me to explore much of the Yorkshire Dales, both under and over ground. I was also able to go on various expeditions to discover new cave systems in Morocco, Crete and Spain. During my studies of Engineering and Space based subjects I was able to live, study and work in France, California, Chicago which opened up more viewpoints and opportunities to take.

In 2016 I re-found my love of art through colour pencil projects and decided to take the leap and become a full time artist, changing careers entirely. I have always loved drawing and colouring since childhood and have drawn pictures for family and friends as gifts for Birthdays and Christmas. I loved seeing the look on their face when they saw my art and it was always so heart-warming how appreciative they were for my hard work. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to create pictures that people would love so much they would treasure them forever. Now I am a professional Award Winning artist doing just that for everyone around the globe.

You can read more about my journey to becoming an artist from an engineer in my blog post here.

ABOUT MY WORK

I have been a professional fine art artist for a few years now, providing unique and highly detailed hand drawings for people all over the world including the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Since launching my pet portrait business I have been featured in numerouse magazines and won a few awards for my work, you can see these more in depth by scrolling down. I specialize in a realistic style of human and animal portraits, using a mixture of Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Luminance colour pencils on high-quality Super Smooth Bristol Board paper, drawn from your photographs. You can find examples of my completed portraits by going to my Gallerys.

I am incredibly dedicated to creating the best possible portrait of your pet or loved one that accurately depicts their character and soul. I have 100% positive feedback and you can read many of my customer’s experience by going to my Testimonials page.

Contact me today to commission your very own fine art portrait. I would be more than happy to hear from you so we can start the journey of creating something beautiful together.

Artist Influencer for the following brands:

STABILO Influencer

STABILO UK Contacted me and invited me to be an influencer for their products. Every month they send me free gifts of their latest or greatest products for me to test and review and post about on my social media. This is such a great opportunity since I love this brand and now, I can show others why.

Arteza Art Influencer

I was contacted by Arteza Art supplies to be one of their artist influencers which was an amazing opportunity to try out this new brand’s products. I have written a few blog posts on the products I have tried. You can find them on my blog in Artist Tips.

Member of the following societies:

 After joining the Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia I quickly became involved in the community and I am now part of the committee helping to share artworks and inspire other artists. I also run a help and support group for the UK Coloured Pencil Society where I answer questions from artists about their work, giving helpful hints and tips.

My Studio

My wonderful studio is my happy place. I am lucky enough to have enough space to work from home, with my husband, and draw everyday. My studio consists of my drawing board, equipment and medium storage and my computer desk for all the admin and business side of having your own art business. I have written two very useful blogs on the equipment I use to create my commission work with amazon links to buying them. You can find them here. Since I work from home I get to share this space with my loving husband Luke, who also works from home as an entrepreneur.

Materials

Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran Dache Luminance and Caran Dache Pablo Pencils

Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran Dache Luminance and Caran Dache Pablo Pencils

My go to art materials for my proffessional pet portraits are of high quality and lightfast pigment for long last bright colour.

  • Faber Castell Polychromos

  • Caran D’ache Luminance

  • Caran D’ache Pablo

  • Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board