Susan Kerrigan-Harris


Hello and welcome - I'm a portrait artist and i love to use soft pastel and sometimes graphite. I've been a professional artist since 2015 and I love my job! My passion is people portraits and then I was asked to paint animals too. I love painting life - especially eyes - it's a shame we only have two! One Christmas a few years ago my sister bought me a surprise gift or 6 pastel pencils. I laughed out loud both curious and nervous at why she had given me 'colours' to draw with. After all, I only use graphite. My sister said "you can colour in your portraits" more laughter. But I took my sketch book and did as I was told in a tongue in cheek kind of way. Well, my sister thought it was fabulous (I didn't) but it was just enough encouragement to spark my curiosity and have a go with these 6 pastel pencils. I thought I better had after she was so kind to buy them for me. So I painted a very naive portrait of a girl in the only colours i had - red and blue hair! Again my sister loved it and so I thought I'd have a serious attempt at a portrait. Needless to say, I am in love with pastel now and haven't gone back to graphite since. If you'd like to see more of my work you will find it here: