Charity accolade for Upper Heyford Artist

By Sarah Edwards at

Professional artist, writer and illustrator, Stephen Yorke, from Upper Heyford, has been named as The Official Artist for The Blue Cross – the pet welfare charity.

“I’m hugely honoured with the title,” said Stephen, “and I’m pleased to donate 10% of all my animal commission fees to The Blue Cross to help them with their excellent work.”

At the age of 11, Stephen won a place at the Moseley School of Art in Birmingham, established by the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, where he studied classical rendering techniques in all aspects of art.

He has exhibited in France, were he lived and worked for 7 Years, Cyprus, New York and extensively in the UK.

His subjects include landscapes, still-life, seascapes as well as his pen and ink illustrations for his series of ‘Crumble Cottage’ books.

“Animal portraiture has always been a favourite amongst my work and now I can do something I love to help deserving pets and their owners.”

For much-loved creatures great and small

Commissioning your own original animal portrait couldn’t be simpler – there is no ‘sitting’ required, all you need to do is send a good quality, in focus photo, either by email or through the post and decide what size and in what medium you would like the work to be in-so for example oil, watercolour or pencil.

An original pencil or watercolour image starts at £195, 10% of which goes directly to The Blue Cross. Art prints are also available of any image on the website gallery or of you own original artwork. Professionally printed on acid-free paper, prices start at £45, making them ideal special gifts or a lasting treasured memory.

For larger works and more complicated subjects, such as full-figure or oil on canvas, contact Stephen on 01869 232972 or email or visit