But there was one that really touched me. I got asked to do a personalised pet portrait of a rat for someone who had very recently lost their little buddy.
Having had many rats over the years, some who have affected my life in big ways who I remember almost on a daily basis I know how close we get to these little guys.
They might be small but they offer so much love and affection, you get so attached and unfortunately they don't have a long lifespan.
I know the pain of losing these amazing animals, it feels like there's something missing and can be so painful.
So when I was asked to paint Puck the rat I jumped at the chance!
He looked so much like one of my last rats, a rat who was my best little pal it was in it's own way a bit of therapy.
But the most amazing part was a while after I'd sent the painting to its new home I received a message from the lady who bought him thanking me and telling me that he was now framed and sat on a bedside table. I'm not embarrassed to say I actually got tears in my eyes from making someone happy.
I've recently gotten some great feedback recently from customers, all very good and very kind and I cannot express how happy this makes me. Sure I sell for money, I do need to eat and live but the biggest reason for me is to make people smile.
There's so much rubbish in the world I want to make it a better place by giving people little packets of happiness.
So hearing back from customers is the icing on the cake for me, I get to hear how happy people are with something I've created with my own hands.
I'm hoping to do a few more pet commissions involving rats next year, I love drawing them so any excuse is a good excuse and I know when it comes to rat owners, we blooming love our little mischiefs!
If you're interested in a ratty commission please get in touch via my Etsy shop HERE