Hello, my name is Jewel Mathieson and I'm a self-taught artist who specializes in very finely detailed portraits of animals using a medium which is still relatively uncommon, coloured pencils.
I have been passionate about art for as long as I can remember, with many of my childhood hours spent sketching, drawing and painting. Although I found inspiration in a variety of subjects, I predominantly drew wild animals, mostly wolves, and old antiquated architecture. Since starting my own pet portrait business in 2010, my artworks can be found all over New Zealand and around the world.
I'm inspired by the unique personality and character that animals show through their body language and facial expressions. I have spent many hours learning to recognize these subtleties and love capturing these precious moments in my drawings. I want the owners to look at my portraits and really recognize 'their' pet looking back at them.
Moving to Christchurch as teenager presented me with a whole new range of experiences and inspirations which heavily influenced the direction of my art. I found myself spending much of my spare time at a small farm just outside of Christchurch. Spending hours in the company of dogs, cats and various other animals that inhabited the farm, surrounded by the simple beauty of the old sheds and farm equipment, I discovered a new love and passion. Even now, you will still see my rural influences shining through in some of my work.
You will also notice that Sled Dogs and Spitz type breeds appear frequently in my work. A chance encounter with a lovely lady who is the secretary of a sled dog club opened the door to a whole new direction and influence for my art. I am now associated with several clubs all over New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America.
The two defining moments of my career so far would be the honor of seeing one of my portraits published in the book "Paws for Charity" which is now being sold worldwide, and receiving the 'Runner Up' Award in the Arts Council Nelson Impressions Art Awards 2010. It means a lot to have my coloured pencils artworks formally recognized in the art world.
Through my art I am able to help support a number of little-known dog clubs, rescues and charities that make a big difference in our community. This will always be an important part of my business as many people underestimate the difference that these groups can make.
Feel free to contact me any time either by phoning me or sending me an email. I am always happy to receive comments and questions. I hope you enjoy your visit and come back again soon!