"Avril, if there is a real Father Christmas you should be it this year. When we opened the paintings, we cried. We are in total awe of the sheer class of the work you have done. We could not ask anything more from you. You have made our Christmas and we will never forget what you have professionally done for us. The work is absolutel incredible. Thank you so much" Mark and Krystal, (North Wales)
"Your portrait of Joe brought tears to our eyes, we will treasure it for the rest of our lives. We would like to order two more portraits for each set of grandparents"
Nicky and Lance (Neston, Wirral)
"Hi Avril. I am so sorry it has taken an age for me to contact you! Anyway I just wanted to say thank you so much for the most amazing picture of Nala! It is absolutely incredible and captures her perfectly! My husband and I and kids love it! I know my mum checked with you about me passing your details on but I have now given them to the German Shepherd owners group that I am part of. Thank you so much again!"
Sarah, James and the boys (Wigan)
"I felt that I must write to tell you how elighted my husband was with the portrait of Kate. The likeness was so exact that even the dog recognised herself!"
Belinda Lambie (Church Stretton, Shropshire)
"Our relatives thought that your painting of Zoe was wonderful. We're sure both paintings of Sophie and Zoe will be treasured forever"
Pauline and John Appleby (Buckley, Flintshire)
"Thank you so much for the portrait of Lucie, I gasped when I saw it - you have captured her so perfectly! I felt quite in awe of your wonderful talent - her colouring and expression are exquisite. I would certainly give you the highest recommendation and have passed your details on to my club members"
Pat Edwards (Staffordshire Agility School)
"Many thanks for the paintings of Jasper and Derry, they are gorgeous. We can't wait to see Kathy's face when she sees them, what a talent!"
Margaret and Alun (Wrexham, Clwyd)
"After talking to you and commissioning the portrait we were not sure what the result would be, three boxers in one picture! When the portrait of our three dogs arrived we were absolutely delighted. It is a cohesive unit however you still caught the individual characters of all three dogs. (They almost seem alive even now.) The portrait has pride of place in our sitting room and friends and new visitors often comment on the life, accuracy and detail of the painting"
David Clare (Littlehampton, West Sussex)
"May I thank you so much for painting Jasper for my daughter Sarah. When we had to put him to sleep it broke her heart and you have recaptured him to perfection for her. She was completely overwellmed by your painting and could not speak - Just cried with joy that she now has him home. My husband and I were shocked at how you never missed any details from photo to painting. You are indeed a very talented person and once again thank you so much for all your hard work and perfection in bringing him back home to us all"
Arthur Dougherty (Warrington, Cheshire)
"Thank you so much for the beautiful painting of Pablo. My sister was so overwhelmed by it totally made Christmas. She said it was the next best thing to having him home alive! We will be recommending you. Thank you again"
Nikki Childs (Bickerstaffe, Lancashire)
"Just a quick note to thank you again for the beautiful portrait of Guinness, my Welsh Terrier. You have absolutely captured her expression and personality. I've already got it hanging in pride of place over the mantelpiece and can't stop gazing at it - even though I've got the genuine article chasing her ball around the room! I've already passed your details on to several other dog people. It must give you a great deal of satisfaction to use your talent to bring such pleasure to so many people"
Lesley Hood-Bourton (Hope, Clwyd)
"When I returned home from work today and saw Bramwell's portrait I was both amazed and excited. You have captured him perfectly, it simply could not be any other dog. Bramwell's portrait will hang in our lounge, where I'm sure it will be very much admired. We will be more than happy to recommend you to others"
Dennis Orwin (Preston, Lancashire)
I can’t begin to tell you how overwhelmed I am with the portrait of Holly you did for me. You captured her beauty and spirit perfectly. Thank you so much. I hope you don't mind but I have passed your details on to a couple of my colleagues who were also hugely impressed with your extraordinary talent.
Michelle Aspinwall (Wallasey, Wirral)
Thank you for the beautiful picture of Toffi and Biggles which we have received safely. It was a great thrill to see our little ones looking back at us from the paper, and they look so real they almost appear to move. You have given us a lovely picture which really catches their characters in a super setting, and all the family love it.
Peter and Sandra Wells (Woking, Sussex)
Thanks for Sid and Pyes portraits, I am very pleased with them. In fact myself and Linda Cummings had tears in our eyes yesterday when we got them. I think it is because you show the dogs characters, I have had professional photos taken before but your paintings are something special. Thanks again.
Les Wills (Derbyshire)
Thank you so much for the absolutely fantastic portrait of Zak and Tia. We are really pleased with it. From the samples of your work we saw we expected it to be good, and we are not in the least bit disappointed. I really can't express how pleased I am with it. The portrait will hold pride of place in my house for many years to come. I will hold on to your contact details for future use!
Jackie (Broughton, Brigg, North Lincolnshire)
Thank very much for the portraits. I must say how wonderful they are. I would not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends.
Michele Guernin (Wembley Park, Middlesex)
Thanks for the painting, it's great. You have captured them perfectly, especially Libby. I've showed it to all my "doggy" friends and a lot have shown interest so you should get some more work from it. Thanks again, it brought a tear to my eyes when I saw it.
Thank you for the painting, you have realy captured our babies perfectly.
Cathy Candy (Crowle, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire)
Hi Avril, Just to let you know that I received the portrait of Wexford yesterday.
Thank you so much it is lovely and Tom was really pleased with it. He has been quite down since Wex passed and hopefully this has lifted his spirits somewhat.I wanted to express my gratitude for the portrait and your friendly and professional service. I would certainly recommend you in the future.
Burgess Hill, (West Sussex)
A total surprise did not expect the painting, on first sight I thought it was a photo,
such a fine and true to form painting. Thank you ever so much.
Martin & Diane Hughes, (Anderton, Cheshire)