Living in Bridport, where being eccentric is elevated to an art form, I felt perfectly at home being mad, writes Emily Pykett.
It takes bravery to be a pet portrait painter. Just think about it. You often only have a photo or two to work from, particularly if the pet you’re painting has died. You have to satisfy somebody who loves their pet and knows all its quirks and features better than you ever could. Also, you have to please somebody who might never have commissioned an original work of art before — and might never commission one again.