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About the artist

Hello!

MY NAME IS LAURA ANNE

I'm a mother of two, living with my partner and fluffy old German Shepherd, Toby, in the beautiful Wiltshire village of Collingbourne Kingston. 

I grew up in a military family, complete with copious obligatory house moves, however one of the main things that always came with me was my love for art, drawing and creating. Art became my safe space, the special thing I would, and still do, go back to when I need some me time.

My love for art continued through my education and into higher education where I studied Art & Design, inclusive of fashion design, textiles, fine art, art history, illustration, ceramics and more.

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Sadly adult life took over and I wasn't able to draw as much as I'd have liked to. However in 2014, a few months after the birth of my second child, I was diagnosed with chronic illnesses - fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. I was also within a bout of terrible postnatal depression, but within this negative time art shone through for me again. I found solace in drawing, it took my mind off all the pain and troubles I was going through.

 

One afternoon while the children were taking a nap, I decided to draw our dog, Toby, the fluffiest, handsome German Shepherd. Followed by a share of my efforts to social media, in came requests to draw pet portraits of people's pets.

From there LappsArt was born - in fact for a while it was Laura Anne's Pet Portraits, hence the acronym "LAPP's Art". It has happily grown into the business it is today.

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As well as drawing, i also teach. Art is such an important part of wellbeing and can facilitate so much more than just a beautiful drawing as an end product, and so I feel it is so important that people connect to their creative side. I run an afterschool art club as well as working in schools providing art wellbeing sessions with the children. I also teach drawing courses and workshops for adults. I have a very strong wellbeing led focus, which is also reflected in my other business - ANUVEYA.

Over the years i have drawn many animal portraits, for customers in the U.K. and overseas.  From bunny rabbits, labradors and bulldogs, to cows, horses and pine martens!

Now I draw my focus specifically to equine and working dog portraits. I love all animals, but have a deep love for drawing horses and working dog breeds. 

You will find my work in many homes across the U.K., from small country cottages, to manor houses. I even have a portrait hanging in a beautifully converted old train station home!

If you would like to commission a portrait to hang in yours or a loved one's country home,  you can click the button below to find out more.

Family History - My Great Grandfather 

It's no surprise I'm very keen to draw horses, as my great grandfather was Johnny Mack - racehorse trainer and head boy for Sir Noel Murless.

He trained well known British thoroughbred racehorse - Petite Etoile - notably ridden by Lester Piggott.

 

Petite Etoile won 14 of her 19 races and placed 2nd in her other 5. One of her races was the Victor Wild Stakes at Kempton Park in May 1960.

 

You can read more about this race and my Great Grandfather's injury, where he was trampled and dragged along by Petite Etoile prior to the race, causing significant injury. Prince Aly Khan had very kindly helped him with top quality healthcare, only a matter of days before Khan's tragic death.

My Great Grandfather also has several other notable mentions in Sir Noel Murless' Biography, as seen in the photo's below.

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