A last minute request for a painting to celebrate a 90th birthday and to remember a faithful friend. For this one I was working from a number of photographs. I wanted to capture both the bond between this elegant lady and her beloved dog, and also their similarities of colour and tone. Apart from the stylish navy of Audrey’s sweater, I found myself using a very limited colour palette, with the same champagne and peachy tones in the scarf, the hair, the gorgeous dog, and the floaty trousers. I asked for permission to draw Audrey in her sotckinged feet, as she appeared in one of the photos, as it emphasises the intimacy of the moment. I could tell by the emotions on collection that I’d got it right.