Its all Gone Otterly Mad!

After many hours of painting layers of fur, fabric folds, shadows and fine details the time has come to share with you my completed otter. The rescue otter has been named Colin by members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton and is now ready to hit the trail with his 99 otter friends. Colin is currently at otter HQ in Bovey Tracey until the trail begins in June, I'm already missing him at home; he has been a big part of my life for the last 4 months even acting as my Christmas tree! Yes I hung festive baubles from his ears and fairy lights (flashing ones) wrapped around his body.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Colin the rescue otter.

If you would like to know how Colin took shape over the last few months please visit my Artists Facebook page or my website.

Colin also has his own twitter account @therescueotter #rescueotter where you will be able to follow his Dartmoor based adventures until he is sold at auction in September.

If you would like to visit Colin and his 99 other friends for more information please visit: Please feel free to send me any photos of yourselves with Colin taken during your visit as I will be starting Colin's very own Hall of Fame. Well why not? Its not every day you get to paint an otter! Please send pictures to

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