My name is Niki Firmin and I am a pet portrait artist. I live in Ripon, moving here from Poole in Dorset 18 years ago. Art has always been a passion for me, having drawn for as long as I can remember. After bringing up my family and years of people telling me to, I finally decided, at the beginning of 2015, to really focus on my art and try to make my passion into a career.
Several pieces have been created to help raise much needed funds for animal related charities, most notably the Greyhound Trust. Other charities I’ve been privileged & delighted to help include cancer research and local fundraisers. I feel really proud to be able to use my skills to help benefit others, be it human or animal.
The medium I use is biro which causes a great deal of fascination. Many people find it hard to believe you can achieve such results from such an ordinary, everyday implement. I also use coloured pencils, another very underrated medium.