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I am always thrilled to receive joyous and heart warming testimonials from my Lives in Graphite customers - it makes the work of creating personalised drawings all the more rewarding! A special thank you to all of you who have offered generous feedback and provided photographs of your drawings in situ.

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After receiving the portrait of our three children commissioned as a gift to my wife, I was amazed at the level of detail achieved. The drawing really captures the character of our children.

Andi & Nazeema

Mara Shaw is an incredibly talented pencil artist and I highly recommend Lives in Graphite for personalised portrait commissions. Her professional service is second to none and the quality of her drawings makes them worth every penny! She turns ordinary photographs into stunning works of art.


Mara Shaw has an exquisite ability to produce photo realist portraits which surpass a 2D photograph as she has the rare skill of being able to inject life and personality into her drawings. A first class artist.


Easy to commission and great feedback throughout the whole process. The end result is outstanding! Mara captured Billy's character with such accuracy and charm. You only really appreciate the quality when you spend some time looking at the outcome. A class above the rest. Our family will cherish 'Billy in graphite' for years to come.


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When we asked for a drawing of Psalm 23, we always knew it would be good after seeing some other work by Mara Shaw at Lives in Graphite. Then we received our commission and it far exceeded all our expectations! To say we were thrilled with it is an understatement! It is a creation we will treasure for years to come.

Michael & Holly

I commissioned a sketch of my sister in law's late mum betty as a special present for her 60th birthday. When it arrived I was blown away by the way Mara had captured her beautiful smile. My sister in will adore it!


I am forever grateful of your gorgeous sketch of our wedding day and we will treasure it forever. Thank you.

Aimee & Raymond

I commissioned a sketch of my daughter for her grandma on a bookmark as a get well soon present. Mara worked with me to get it just right and was very flexible. I’ve sent thousands of moonpig cards over lockdown and she has hundreds of photos up around the house so I knew this would be a bit different!


We were gifted these pencil drawings of our parents as a surprise for our 80th birthdays. We were over the moon with them and they made us both cry when we saw our mum and dad in the beautiful frames. We have hung them side by side in the hallway and every time we pass them, we think about our parents and this brings happy memories. We miss them very much. Many people who come into the house have praised them and think they are an amazing likeness of character. It is a wonderful way for our great-grandchildren to meet their great great-grandparents!

Paula & Arthur

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“I saw this beautiful sketch on the Soul Midwives shop and just had to have it! It captures the grace and beauty of wood drake ducks perfectly and the detail is amazing! The sketch has pride of place in our hallway and I’ve already commissioned another wild life sketch to pair up with it! Thank you to Mara for creating this inspiring peace of art and for her kind and helpful service.”


I loved my drawing of a mother & child giraffe given to me on Mothering Sunday from my son. Very gentle and loving picture - excellently executed!


Thank you so much for your beautiful drawing. I have put it on the Soul Midwife newsletter in pride of place, which will be sent to over 2000 subscribers. I hope that you get some visitors to your website as a result. I'm sure that you will. I'll also post it to the Soul Midwife Facebook page and I know that it will touch all their hearts as well as inspiring them to continue with the passion for caring for the dying. Bless you for your great kindness in sharing your talent with us.

Felicity Warner - Founder of Soul Midwives

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My beautiful sketch has arrived, it is just amazing. The service I received was excellent, my package was so well wrapped and came so quickly. I loved the bookmark and the certificate, such personal touches. You have such a gift Mara, I will frame it and hang it where it can be seen and admired.


Mara thank you for the amazing sketch of my son. you truly are talented you can see with every sketch care and love goes in to each one.


Thank you so much for the sketch of my 2 children. You have captured them beautifully- my mum will be chuffed with it. Will defo be using your talented service again in the future.


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I commissioned a portrait of my mother's dog Lucy as a Christmas present - Lucy passed away some years ago and is missed greatly by my Mum. She was delighted with the result and over the moon with the attention to detail. Highly recommended.



Excellent artist. Fantastic real life drawings of our lovely dog and also a fantastic drawing of our home with amazing attention to detail


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Beth & Alex

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