Heralded for her whimsical dog portraits, artist Sally Muir is a tremendous artist who worked with Collab Society before its inception. Based in Bath, UK where she lives in an Edwardian house, Muir works in several mediums: painting, drawing, and printing. While she specializes in painting canine creatures, her work also includes landscapes and portraits.
Muir and Jennifer Rome (of Collab Society) met many years ago for lunch at the National Portrait Gallery sharing stories about their love of dogs. Together, they worked on several home products featured at Anthropologie as well as a gallery show at Anthropologie Kings Road.
In working with Rome, whom Muir describes as “enthusiastic, inspired, and knowledgeable,” Muir received unprecedented attention as an artist. “Getting that sort of exposure has made a massive difference to me and my career,” she shared.
True to her dog-loving nature, Muir owns two Whippets, Lily and Peggy. “Lily is 14 and very devoted to me while Peggy is seven years old and not that bothered about me,” she laughs. “They are both very beautiful, as all Whippets are.”
Her most memorable subjects are located in Spain. “I love painting the Galgos, Spanish hunting dogs who are very badly treated,” she explains. “I’ve visited a rescue in Spain called Galgos del Sol several times, and they are wonderful dogs, totally trusting, wanting to participate in everything!” She’s incredibly endeared by them saying, “Trying to eat your pencils and drink your painting water, they just love being with you. And they are the most gorgeous dogs to paint!”
Outside of her artistic career, Muir heads up knitwear line Muir & Osborne, co-founded The DOG SHOW Brighton, and is the author and illustrator of many animal-ccentric knitting pattern books and a children’s book about dogs.
photos courtesy of Sally Muir