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Pet portraits go worldwide
Artist has had a brush with success after a far-flung holiday resulted in a number of commissions.
Martin Cayless, 70, from Marks Road, visited New Zealand to see his daughter Ruth, 40, and her family in Christchurch.

He met several pet owners who were keen for him to paint their animals.

Once he returned home, he used email photos to complete the pictures.

A trip by his brother, Alan, 65, and his wife to Australia led to more pictures appearing in Mr Caylessís inbox after they spread the word there.

He said: ďI have been interested in painting all my life, but I have really got into it since I retired four years ago.

I do a few landscapes and a bit of watercolour, but itís animals I concentrate on.

Iíve done a few unusual things; someone asked me to do a guinea pig the other day.

We spent five weeks in New Zealand earlier this year, my daughter moved there with her family two years ago.

Itís a fantastic place, my wife and I spent two of the five weeks travelling around Ė it is so spectacular.

The reason we went was my daughterís 40 birthday.

At the party there were a lot of animal lovers. They saw a painting Iíd done of my daughterís dog and were interested in having some done.Ē

Mr Cayless and his wife Joan have lived in Wokingham for more than 30 years.

He took up pet painting after retiring from his job as an export sales engineer.

He started doing paintings of friends and familyís pets, then branched out after meeting dog owners around the area.

He has also painted Bracknellís famous shire horses Bracken and Bramble, and one of his paintings is hanging in the reception area of St Vincentís vet surgery in Crescent Road.

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Image and text by Get Wokingham, UK

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