Deborah Melville

Deborah completed her Diploma in Graphic Art in 1979 and has worked since as a professional Designer and Illustrator. In addition, she has applied her meticulous and outstanding skills to the painting of animals, notably pets. Deborah  has particularly excelled in portraying dogs and cats but has also very successfully illustrated other treasured animals such as breed cattle and major race-winning horses.  Her portraits of top-line prize winning horses, Sunline, Northerly and 3 times Melbourne Cup Winner, Makybe Diva, were produced for the Victorian Racing Museum.  Some of these have been included below.

It is fair to say that whatever animal you would like captured with paint on special watercolour paper, Deborah is, arguably, the best Australian artist to undertake the task. This is clearly in evidence in the following portraits.

In undertaking a portrait commission, each subject is photographed and keenly observed using a large magnifying glass on a set stand to ensure that the familiar expressions that you love are caught on canvas. This is painstaking but rewarding work. Using very fine brushes and watercolours, Deborah demonstrates a true passion for portraying the character and spirit of her animal subjects.

The portraits below need no other captions. Their quality stands out clearly and only needs to be observed to be be appreciated and valued. I have commissioned two paintings of pets from Deborah myself and testify to her amazing skill and passion for the tasks she undertakes.

Deborah Melville can be contacted through me or directly on (M) 0427 786 236 or emailed on

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One Response to “Deborah Melville: Animal Portrait Painter”

  1. digital art says:

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