Brenda’s animal magic

Brenda Hunter with some of her work
Brenda Hunter with some of her work

Antique business proprietor Brenda Hunter has embarked on a new career - as a painter.

Brenda is a familiar face on High Street, Garstang, where she and her son, Michael, aided by husband Ian, run Millbrook Antiques.

But a love of painting and a talent for capturing the expressions of domestic, farm and wild animals – as well as a distinctive style – has led to her setting up her own fledgling business as an animal artist.

Brenda lived in Scorton for 10 years, but her home now is in South Cumbria where she has a studio. She said: “It’s a hobby that’s turned into a bit more. I’ve been painting all my life really. Then I painted my own dog Saxon, a cream Labrador, three years ago and it’s gone on from there.”

She now prefers working in oils on canvas or board and does portraits to commission, including one of dogs, cats, horses and birds, as well as pictures of wildlife, such as foxes.

She recently exhibited at the Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, and is a member of the Association of Animal Artists.

But you will not find her paintings on sale at Millbrook, where she works two days a week. She said: “It’s an antique shop and I’m strict about that.”

It is not Brenda’s first artistic venture, as a passion for home furnishings led to her setting up a soft furnishings business after her work was admired and commissions included work at the Inn at Whitewell. A keen classical guitarist, Brenda is also selling prints of her paintings and her cards are on sale at the Richard Seed stationery store in Garstang.

She has also set up a website – brendahunter.co.uk