Melanie and Nicholas Pet Portraits

Introducing Our Pet Portraits


Introducing our Pet Portraits by Melanie and Nicholas. If you have just landed on our Art Studio Blog and this is the fist post you are reading – welcome! We are delighted to see you here and are glad that you dropped by. In a nutshell, Nicholas and myself are professional pet portrait artists. We have been creating pet portraits…

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lily our tibetan terrier

Introducing Lily Our Tibetan Terrier


Introducing Lily our Tibetan Terrier. We have had Lily since she was 8 weeks old and she was so tiny. Such a little bundle of joy. We loved her from the moment we saw her. There is quite an unusual story behind her name which I have laid out below. We hope you enjoy reading about Lily our Tibetan Terrier,…

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Introducing Our Ordering Process


Introducing our ordering process for our pet portraits. If you are looking to commission an oil painting or pencil drawing of your dog, cat or horse, our ordering process page might be perfect for you.   Introducing Our Ordering Process – Photos The first step is to send us photos of your pet. Photos for a pet portrait is key.…

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Horse Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest horse oil portrait of Elly. The oil painting of Elly was actually completed earlier this year, however it was for a 50th birthday  surprise. We wanted to make sure that the recipient didn’t see her painting displayed on here until she received the portrait. The recipient was delighted! The portrait was commissioned by Hannah who was…

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Cuddly Toy Drawing of Piggy


Welcome to my latest artwork of a cuddly toy drawing of Piggy. I absolutely loved drawing Piggy for returning client Jo from the UK, it was so much fun. Jo commissioned the drawing of Piggy as a gift for her niece for Christmas. The drawing was completed by myself in coloured pencil. I used to offer coloured pencil as a…

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Cat Oil Portrait


Welcome to our latest Cat Oil Portrait of Mitzy. Helen in the UK commissioned an oil painting of their family’s beloved cat called Mitzy. It was to be a surprise present for her husband. Sadly Mitzy has passed away and Helen and her family miss her dearly. Mitzy resembled my grandmothers cat when I was a child who was also called…

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Dog Portrait of Dessie and Jasper


Welcome to our latest dog portrait of Dessie and Jasper. This portrait was painted by Nicholas at a lovely size of  28 x 22 inches. The oil painting was commissioned by a lovely client here in the UK as a surprise gift for his wife on her birthday. Sadly Dessie the Black Labrador had passed away, however Jasper is still…

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King Charles Spaniel


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest King Charles Spaniel pet portrait. Readers may have noticed that we haven’t posted any of Nicholas’ oil paintings recently. I will be adding them to our blog over the next few days as surprises have been given and frames have arrived! This is the beautiful portrait of Boone that Nicholas painted in October. Cindy and her…

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Beagle Pet Portrait of Blue


Welcome to my latest portrait and yes it’s another beagle pet portrait! I love that my clients rescue dogs, it warms my heart to know that they are now in a loving home and safe environment. That is just what happened for Blue in the last couple of months for returning client Ben and his family. If readers visited our blog last month they will remember the lovely portrait of…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in November


Welcome to Melanie’s monthly news in November! I can’t believe how quickly the months have been flying by. We really haven’t been out and about much at all this month, mainly due to the amount of work we have been doing in the studio. I’m sure you can see judging by how many posts of drawings and paintings we have…

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Framed Cat Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest framed cat pencil drawing of two beautiful cats called Lucy and Leo. They were commissioned by Kevin in the USA as a gift for his wife this Christmas. Kevin has given me permission to add the portrait to my blog prior to Christmas which is fabulous! Thank you Kevin! Kevin took a beautiful photo of Lucy…

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Boxer Dog Drawing


Welcome to my latest Boxer dog drawing of the gorgeous Lola. Linda emailed me a few months ago and asked if I would be able to get a pencil drawing completed and framed for her husbands birthday in November. The timing was going to be close and so Linda told her husband John something exciting was being made and that…

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Dog Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest dog pencil drawing of a gorgeous dog called Stormy. The portrait was commissioned by a lovely family here in the UK. I spoke to Mike on the phone a number of times making the arrangements. Sadly Stormy is no longer with us and so the drawing will be such a lovely reminder for all of the…

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Beagle Pet Portrait of Frannie


Welcome to my latest Beagle pet portrait of Frannie! Frannie’s portrait was commissioned by a returning client in the USA, Ben, who has commissioned a number of portraits of his dogs. They are all rescue dogs and Frannie has been with them a short while. Ben thought it would be wonderful to have her portrait drawn as a surprise for his…

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Happy Halloween 2018!!


Happy Halloween 2018!! Welcome to our Halloween post of 2018. Every year we celebrate Halloween by carving pumpins and decorating our inglenook with them and differnt coloured lights. We started with the front of our cottage putting up christmas coloured lights and having two pumpkins outside. As you can see below we carved two Minions keeping a watchful eye over our garden!…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in October


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in October. Well, it’s definitely autumn! The leaves are falling fast and we took Lily to our favourite woodland walk in the forestry near us. It was full of fallen leaves for Lily to have fun in. The rivers were flowing fast and its definitely a time for wrapping up warm. The photos below were all…

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Black Labrador Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Black Labrador pencil drawing of a gorgeous dog called Albert. The portrait was commissioned by Steve here in the UK. It will be a lovely surprise for his family on Christmas day. Steve emailed a number of photos of Albert for consideration for the portrait. He did two photoshoots with Albert and both sets produced some fantastic…

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Dog and Horse Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest dog and horse pet portraits of Flash and Daisy! These portraits are for a returning client in Australia. I think a number of my latest portraits have been from returning clients which is absolutely wonderful. Jo emailed a few months ago asking if I would be able to draw another portrait as a surprise for her…

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Flatcoat Retriever Drawing


Welcome to my latest Flatcoat Retriever Drawing! This portrait was for a very special client with whom I have been working with for many years. I have created a number of portraits for Mandy of her beautiful Flatcoat retrievers and also for her friends too. This drawing is of Liffey, who is sadly no longer with us. I really hope…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in September


Welcome to my Melanie’s Monthly News in September! As usual, and I always say, it hasn’t the month flown! We have been busy with extra curricular activities in our downtime this month which has been fun. The biggest news was that lily passed her Kennel Club Good Citizens gold test. She has already done her Bronze and Silver and so…

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Cat Pet Portraits in Oils


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest cat pet portraits in oils. This is an 18 x 14 inches oil painting completed by Nicholas on Italian Linen canvas commissioned as a surprise gift for Christmas. I think the recipient is going to be delighted! Client Barrie commissioned the oil painting as sadly Tia is no longer with us, so this oil painting will…

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Cat Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest cat pencil portrait of Apache and Lynx. My client Chris contacted me a few months ago enquiring about a portrait. He asked if I would be able to complete a 16 x 12 pencil drawing of their cats for his partners birthday in September. The portrait was to be a big surprise and I spoke to…

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Pet Portraits Engraved Plaques


Welcome to our post about our pet portraits engraved plaques. We have been working with a new engraving company in the last few months and they are wonderful.  The previous company we worked with for a number of years moved premises. They sadly didn’t engrave any longer which was such a shame. They started to use laser engraving instead. There is…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to the portrait of Brodie. I have completed many spaniel pet portraits in pencil this year and Brodie was one of my favourites. Sandra commissioned the portrait for her husband and had a beautiful photo for me to work from. The portrait was drawn at 16 x 12 size. Sandra very kindly sent two photos of the portrait when…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in August


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in August! This month has flown by again. We haven’t been on many trips this month due to work being uber busy. We did manage to get to the beautiful Llanfsteffan however to take Lily our Tibetan Terrier, for a walk on the beach. It was a treat for her as she had to have…

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Golden Retriever Oil Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Golden Retriever Oil Pet Portrait of Charlie and Eliot. Charlie and Eliot are sisters and they were commissioned by Nicole (USA) at 20 x 16 size. Nicholas traditionally hand painted the portrait in oils on Italian Linen Canvas. Nicole enjoys photography and taking photos of Charlie and Eliot. Why wouldn’t you, they re so gorgeous! She…

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Black Labrador Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my most recent Black Labrador Pencil Portrait for a returning client called Craig (USA). The black Labrador in question is called Zip. Craig wanted a drawing of Zip as an adult and also one has a puppy. Craig had a favourite photo of him hiding under a log in the grass which was perfect. I completed the drawing…

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Weimaraner Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Weimaraner pet portrait, hand painted by Nicholas Beall. Isn’t it fantastic! I think it’s one of my favourite portraits to come out of the studio recently that Nicholas has painted. The Weimaraner in question is called Ramses and he was commissioned by clients in the USA at 14 x 11 inches. The portrait was painted on…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in July


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly news in July. Another month has flown by and we have been really busy in the studio painting and drawing portraits. However we have had time to get out and about too. The weather has been absolutely delightful and a real treat. It is never this sunny here in Wales so we took the opportunity to…

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Oil Painting of Pets Harry & Oscar


Welcome to the most recent oil painting of pets Harry & Oscar. They were traditionally hand painted by Nicholas Beall in oils on Linen canvas for lovely clients in the USA. Judy and her family commissioned the oil painting of both Harry and Oscar at 20 x 16 size. They requested the background to be of their garden with their…

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Flatcoat Retriever Drawing

Flat Coated Retriever Pencil Portrait


Welcome to my latest Flat Coated Retriever Pencil Portrait. It was traditionally hand drawn by myself Melanie Phillips, using graphite pencil. The size of the drawing was 18 x 14 inches on Italian Fabriano paper. The pencil drawing was completed for clients here in the UK. The drawing will be sent off this week to the owners. Kali and Poppy were an…

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Do You Varnish Your Pet Portraits Oil Paintings?


Welcome to our blog post about answering the question – Do You Varnish Your Pet Portraits Oil Paintings? We are asked general questions from practicing artists and prospective clients about our artwork and process. We thought it would be a brilliant idea to start a new category for our blog called Q&A with M&N! One such instance was a question from Nathan…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in June


Welcome to Melanie’s monthly news in June! It has been an extremely busy month here, which isn’t all that surprising as our lives are just generally busy all year around anyway, there is never a dull moment here! The garden has really flourished now summer is here and the weather is absolutely beautiful. This has to be the warmest weather…

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Black Labrador Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Black Labrador pet portraits! This is Iggy and he was traditionally hand drawn by myself (Melanie Phillips). Suzanna commissioned a 16 x 12 size as a birthday surprise. however we decided that the portrait should be 15 x 13 inches to work with Iggy’s shape. Iggy is a gorgeous Black Labrador and Suzanna was very happy…

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Spaniel Pet Portrait

Spaniel Pencil Portraits


Welcome to my drawing of a gorgeous spaniel called Mr Frodo, one of my latest spaniel pencil portraits to come off of my easel. I have completed many spaniel drawings this year, my next drawing is a spaniel too. Returning client Jennifer commissioned Mr Frodo as a birthday surprise for her father called Dave. You can see the previous portrait of Aspen…

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Dog Oil Portraits of Dora and Dolly


Welcome to the dog oil portraits of Dora and Dolly. These two gorgeous little girls were painted by Nicholas on our usual Italian linen canvas using traditional methods. Returning client Lady Bamford commissioned the oil painting which will be framed by their own framer. Our client requested their names to be written by hand under each dog too which makes…

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Pencil Drawing Pet Portrait

Pencil Drawing Pet Portrait


Welcome to my most recent pencil drawing pet portrait of a gorgeous dog called Biscuit. The portrait is a 12 x 10 drawing which was the perfect size and shape for her. The portrait was commissioned by a very well known TV and Film actor here in the UK. The drawing of Biscuit is going to be a given as…

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Corgi Oil Painting


Welcome to our latest Corgi Oil Painting by Nicholas Beall. The portrait, a 16 x 12 oil painting traditionally hand painted by Nicholas, was commissioned by local client Suzanna of her Corgi Luke. We know Suzanna from our local dog club where we take Lily to once a week for obedience classes. Luke’s full name and title is Ch Nireno Luke Skywalker…

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Cat Portrait in Oils of Dudley


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest cat portrait in oils of Dudley. This commission has been utterly delightful and we have really enjoyed working with our clients from the outset. Dudley sadly passed away during the commissioning process, so this painting will serve to be a wonderful reminder to our clients Gordon and Kirstie from Scotland. The painting is a 14 x…

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Melanie’s Monthly News in May!


Welcome to Melanie’s Monthly News in May! To go alongside our artwork posts, I thought I would do a little news of what’s been happening here each month. All about two pet portrait artists and their dog on their travels outside of the studio. Lots of photos! We have finally had some wonderful weather here this month in May. The…

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Spaniel Pencil Pet Portraits


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil pet portraits! My drawing is of two beautiful spaniels called Jenny an Fern. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing them. The portrait was a retirement gift for Gail, purchased by Tara and Mark for all of Gail’s hard work over the years. Gail emailed me lots of photos of her dogs when she received her Gift…

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Horse Oil Painting of Chino

Horse Oil Painting of Chino


Welcome to Nicholas’ latest horse oil painting of Chino. Olivia and Hannah Dix, mother and daughter, contacted us about having an oil painting. They wanted one created of their beautiful horse called Chino. I spoke to Olivia on the telephone a number of times at the start of the process. We chatted about the kind of photos required for an…

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Horse Pencil Portrait Montage


Welcome to my latest horse pencil portrait montage! The horse in question is called Locksie and the portrait was commissioned by my client William here in the UK. The portrait was an 18 x 24 montage pencil drawing. It was traditionally hand drawn by myself, Melanie, here in my studio in the heart of Wales. William commissioned the drawing to…

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Great Dane Pet Portrait


Welcome to our latest Great Dane pet portrait. Jennifer, from Florida USA, emailed to see if we would be able to create a painting of her two Great Danes. She wanted to commission it as a birthday gift for a her husband. We were delighted and asked Jennifer to send photos of her dogs, along with ideas of the kind…

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Spaniel Oil Portrait


Welcome to our Spaniel oil portrait of Wilf.  Steve contacted us asking if we would be able to paint his gorgeous spaniel Wilf who had sadly passed away. Steve’s first email was wonderful. We really appreciated his words and were thrilled to hear he loved our artwork in both mediums. ……I’m hoping you maybe wiling to take on a commission…

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Spaniel Pet Portraits


Welcome to my Spaniel Pet Portraits of Bren and Bee. My client Helen saw one of my pencil drawings at a friends house. She had actually been looking for a pet portrait artist to create portraits for her of her spaniels and hadn’t yet found one. Her friend gave her our details and Helen got in touch! She wanted to commission two…

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Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting


Welcome to Nicholas latest Rhodesian Ridgeback Oil Painting. This portrait will be a very special surprise for our clients wife as a birthday surprise! The Rhodesian Ridgebacks are called Maddie and Amber and  the portrait is a traditionally hand painted oil on Italian Linen canvas in fine grain at 21 x 21 inches. We worked closely with Neil in taking just the…

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Oil Portraits – Tilly


Welcome to the story of the oil portraits painting of Tilly. Nicholas painted this beautiful portrait of Tilly for our client Diane. Tilly’s oil painting was created to 14 x 11 size in traditional oils on Italian linen fine grain canvas. If you scroll further down, you will be able to see all of the stages in progress of the oil…

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Horse Oil Painting of Remy


Welcome to the horse oil painting of Remy and his story. Remy’s horse oil painting was commissioned by a returning client, Marianne, from Canada. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see there three horse portraits Nicholas painted a few years ago. Marianne had a new horse she wanted Nicholas to paint at the same…

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Corgi Pet Portraits


Welcome to our Corgi Pet Portraits oil painting of Thomas. Nicholas has been working really hard on his latest Corgi pet portraits painting, which you can see below. Thomas, the Corgi in question, has been traditionally hand painted in oils by Nicholas on Italian Linen canvas at 12 x 10 size. Thomas headed over to Massachusetts to very happy clients as…

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Spaniel Pencil Drawing


Welcome to my latest Spaniel pencil drawing of the most gorgeous dog called Monty. Monty is a 12 x 10 pencil drawing commissioned by a lovely client called Allie here in the UK. Sadly Monty is no longer with us. Allie and her family wanted to have a drawing to remember him by. It has been wonderful to portray him…

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Horse Portrait of Inca


This is Nicholas’ latest painting, a horse portrait of Inca in oils, is beautiful. Jamie emailed us in 2017 to find out if we would be able to paint his wife’s event horse. The horse is called Shannondale Inca, by way of a 60th birthday present in October. Unfortunately we were fully booked as we have a fairly long commissions…

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New Pet Portraits Frames!


We have some wonderful news we have lots of new pet portraits frames! We are working with a brand new framing company who produces the most beautiful hand crafted frames. The care and attention to detail they take over their frames is stunning. They create each frame from scratch and hand finish them so they are unique. Our framers are…

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Pet Portraits Stickers and Studio News


Welcome to the first blog post in a long time all about our pet portraits stickers and studio news. Readers of our blog, I’m sure that you have noticed we haven’t made a blog post for a while. It’s not that we don’t have anything to blog! On the contrary, it’s that I have just been really busy drawing and…

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Merry Christmas to all of our readers!


Nicholas and myself would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who commissioned portraits from us in 2017. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you all. Thank you so much for supporting our blog and signing up to our newsletter. This year…

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Sinuses and Christmas Trees


Welcome to my post all about Sinuses and Christmas Trees. Bizarre you are thinking! It’s been quite a while since I sat in my lovely little studio and tapped away on my keyboard. I have been unwell this week with a sinus infection. It actually started three weeks ago, however I wasn’t absolutely certain what it was and of course…

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A Tiramisu Of Artists!


You maybe wondering why this blog post is titled..A Tiramisu Of Artists! Funny story. We have some lovely friends which we head on out with each year for a special gathering. Karen and her son pop over from New Zealand this time of year to do a bit of travelling with Chris Chalk, a good artists friend who lives locally…

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Snow!


We have had a very pretty fall of snow here in Wales and we thought we would share a few photos with everyone. The first photo is one of our studio nestled down in the garden between the snowy trees. Everything looks so pretty when it has snowed. We then took Lily out and about down the lane and took…

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Montage Pet Portrait Framed


Welcome to my latest montage pet portrait framed. The portrait was an 18 x 14 inch montage drawing, traditionally hand drawn by myself using graphite pencil. The portrait was commissioned by a local client Roger, who wanted to have a portrait of his wife dog drawn. They very sadly lost their dog suddenly after an operation. Rogers wife Louise was…

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Horse Portrait Framed


Welcome to my latest horse portrait framed! The drawing is of a beautiful horse called Cherokee (Cherry) and was commissioned by Pauline and her sister Maureen. They wanted to give it as a joint gift to their niece Caroline on Christmas day 2017. Pauline emailed when the portrait arrived…… He has arrived !!! Cherry is brilliant !! The frame is…

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Pencil Pet Portraits of Mamesuke & Cinnamon


Welcome to my two Pencil Pet Portraits of Mamesuke & Cinnamon. Yuki emailed me via my website asking about commissioning two portraits of her dogs Mamesuke and Cinnamon. Mamesuke is Yukis boyfriends dog and she wanted to surprise him with a drawing for his birthday and also commission one of her dog to match for herself. Yuki, from Japan, emailed…

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Dog Portrait of Leon


Welcome to our latest dog portrait of Leon painted by Nicholas Beall. He has to be one of our favourite dogs that we have portrayed this year. Just look into his eyes soulful eyes! Are they gorgeous! Richard and his wife Chantal from Crete emailed to ask if Nicholas would paint Leon for them. Richard describes Leon … “He is extremely clever,…

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Pet Portrait of Amber


Welcome to the pet portrait of Amber. Richard emailed in August 2017 to arrange a portrait as a Christmas gift for his wife of their labradoodle. We do love organised clients! Richard took a number of lovely photos of Amber in their garden. He had a particular favourite of Amber that he wanted Nicholas to portray. Ambers painting is an…

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Pet Portrait of Agarn


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Agarn! The portrait was commissioned by our client Bill in the USA. It was to be a complete surprise for his husband at Christmas 2017. We worked closely with Bill to create the perfect composition of Agarn. Bill wanted the portrait to show Agarn in their living room and so using a few new…

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Day out at Mwnt


The weather was beautiful at the weekend and so we decided to have a day out at Mwnt. We headed out to the local beauty spot on the coast. The beach and little surrounding area is called Mwnt. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear you all try to pronounce it! Tourists come for miles…

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Pet Portraits Halloween!


We hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween yesterday if you were celebrating – we had our very own Pet Portraits Halloween! We worked for most of the day on our paintings and drawings, however stopped in the afternoon to head out and purchase some sweets for any potential trick or treaters. We live quite rurally so don’t usually have…

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Pet Portraits Article for Terrier Group Magazine


Welcome to our pet portraits article for Terrier Group Magazine. A few months ago we were contacted by a lovely lady called Melanie (yes! same name!) who asked if we were interested in writing an article for them. They wanted us to write about our Pet Portraits for their ‘Terrier Group’ Magazine. We emailed Melanie straight away and jumped at…

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Horse Portrait of Radley


Welcome to our latest commission, a horse portrait of Radley. The painting, by Nicholas, is a 14 x 11 oil on Italian Linen Canvas. Our client Richard emailed asking if we would be able to portray his partners horse Radley.  Sadly Radley wasn’t with us any longer, so we need to work with the photos Richard already had. Richard sent…

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Great Dane Portrait – Deano, Ole & Neo


Welcome to my latest Great Dane portrait of Deano, Ole & Neo. Our clients wanted a portrait of their three beautiful great danes, two of which sadly aren’t with us any longer, only the great dane on the right called Neo. Nicola emailed all of the photos she had of Deano and Ole to find out if they were suitable for…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy


Here is my latest Pencil Pet Portrait of Poppy. This pencil drawing is a 12 x 10 portrait which I completed for a lovely client called Emma. Sadly Poppy passed away a few months ago and Emma contacted me to find out if I was able to draw a portrait of her. Emma didn’t really have the perfect photo of…

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Pet Portraits of Marley and Nohea


Welcome to the two beautiful pet portraits of Marley and Nohea! Our client Polly emailed us in 2017. She asked if we would be able to portray her two beloved dogs who had sadly passed away. She wanted oil paintings as the centre piece in her home to remember both dogs by. Polly had two favourite photos and we were…

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Happy Clients – Zeke’s Portrait


We love hearing from our pet portrait happy clients! Last year Manuela commissioned me to draw their dearly departed dog called Zeke as a pencil drawing. The whole family missed their labrador so much and so Manuella commissioned a drawing as a suppose for them. You can see the final scan here  Zeke’s Portrait >> Manuela and her family miss…

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Pet Portraits FAQ’s


Good Morning everyone on this lovely Sunday morning and welcome to our post all about our Pet Portraits FAQ’s! This past week has been busy and I have lots of blog posts to follow. My first post though is about our updated Pet Portraits FAQ page. We have been inundated with enquiries in the last couple of weeks, as of course…

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New Studio Sofa and Website Updates


Welcome to our New Studio Sofa and Website Updates post! We have a new studio sofa! It has actually been here for just over a month however with the build and getting organised I hadn’t been able to take photos until now. So along with the new about us pages for the cottage renovations we also added a number of new…

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Welsh Cottage Renovation Photos!


Welcome to our Welsh Cottage Renovation Photos! I know that many of our clients and avid readers to our blog have been waiting for this post for a long time! We finally have collated all of our renovation photos of our little Welsh cottage and have added a few to our website for everyone to see. It is an understatement…

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Lily Tibetan Terrier and her Rosette


Welcome to my blog post all about Lily Tibetan Terrier and her rosette. Amazingly Lily passed her Novice Certificate Test at our local dog club and we are so pleased! We had a number of tricky tests to complete over the last few months. There are usually around 7 exercises and we can try one per week.  The most difficult exercise…

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Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher Mountain Dog


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Lance an Entlebucher mountain dog! Jennifer contacted in 2017 and wanted to commission a painting of her partners dog Lance who is an Entlebucher mountain dog. Jenifer had a wonderful photo of Lance. He was sitting on their deck covered in sawdust after they had been cutting wood fixing the deck. We did a number…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Sika


Welcome to the pencil pet portrait of Sika. My client Nick contacted me to ask if I would be able to draw a pencil portrait of their spaniel Sika. It was to be a gift for his sister Jessica. Nick had one photo that he particularly liked that captured Sika well. It was perfect for a pencil drawing. Photos are…

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Pet Portrait of Vinnie


Welcome to the pet portrait of Vinnie! Isn’t he gorgeous! I have added a scan along with a detail of the painting too so our readers can see him up close. The portrait was commissioned by a returning client Katherine for a special birthday celebration. As a result it was to be a complete surprise to the recipient. The portrait…

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Bank Holiday Weekend at Cors Caron


We have spent a lovely bank holiday weekend at Cors Caron. We had a friend to stay from the south of England for the long weekend. All of us visited a beautiful natural reserve a few miles from here called Cars Caron. It is a natural bog which has built up over 12,000 years. The bog was formed when the glaciers…

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Extending the chicken shed


We spent the weekend Extending the chicken shed! Its a fairly long story though. Some of our regular readers will remember the big storm here from 4 years ago. We faired pretty well considering many areas of the UK suffered much flooding. However we did have some damage….. That year we had purchased a brand new chicken house and put…

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Pet Portrait of Tobey


Welcome to the pet portrait of Tobey! Chuck and his wife Gaye wanted a portrait of their beautiful spaniel called Tobey. Chuck actually called us while we were in our car on errands, and he was at a stop light also in his car travelling near his home in the USA. We had a brief chat on the phone and…

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Horse Pet Portrait of Favorite


Welcome to my beautiful horse pet portrait of Favorite! Carrie from Sydney, Australia, emailed to ask if I would be able to draw her sisters horse called Favourite as a birthday surprise. She had one particular photos she loved and wanted me to use for the basis of the drawing. Carrie decided she wanted the portrait drawn at 14 x…

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Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie


Welcome to the Oil Portrait of Maco, Rex & Rosie. Our client Katie contacted us asking if Nicholas could paint their dogs for birthday surprise. Katie inlisted her daughters helping in taking photos. She took a number of fantastic photos of the dogs in their garden on a sunny day. Taking a variety of photos of the dogs all together they too took…

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Pet Portrait of Cinega


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Cinega. Karen emailed to ask if we would be able to paint a portrait of Cinega for her husbands birthday. The deadline was pretty tight but we had the portrait there in time for faming and then presenting to her husband on his special day. The painting is a 12 x 10 oil on Italian…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Henri Bell


Welcome to my pencil pet portrait of Henri Bell. This commission was very special for me. I was able to work with a very well known actress here in the UK. Meg and her family sadly lost their gorgeous dog Henri Bell at the age of 18 after having rescued him at aged 1yr. Meg got in touch as she…

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Cat Drawings for Packaging


Welcome to my two cat drawings for Packaging. I was contacted by a pet food company to draw two cats for packing. They needed to drawn to at size in the style of their current artist. Their artist was away on holiday and they needed two drawings created as soon as possible for deadline. Even though I was tempted at…

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Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie


Welcome to the Pet Portrait of Les and Alfie. Kerrie and her mum emailed us to see if we would be able to paint a portrait of Kerrie’s dad and their dearly missed and much loved dog Alfie. They had seen a portrait Nicholas painted of a man with his dog on a boat on our website and hoped we…

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Humphrey’s Pet Portrait


Welcome to Humphrey’s Pet Portrait. Joanna emailed to ask if I would be able to draw Humphrey as a Christmas gift for her husband. Humphrey is the most gorgeous Cavapoo and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Joanna. Joanna emailed a full range of photos she had taken of Humphrey that year. There wasn’t one photo…

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Jasper’s Pet Portrait Montage


Welcome to Jasper’s pet portrait montage pencil drawing. Richard contacted me enquiring about a montage pencil portrait of their horse called Jasper that they had to sadly have put to sleep that very same week. Their family were all deviated as Jasper had been with them for a very long time and was a much loved horse. Richard knew exactly…

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Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver


Lily passed her KC Good Citizens Silver! Lily and I have been training with our local dog club over the last couple of months. We have been studying the exercises for the Kennel Clubs Good Citizens silver test. We passed our Bronze last year however we all knew this one would be much more tricky! The test day was 2 and a half…

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Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny


Welcome to my latest Cat Pencil Portrait of Penny. Jeanette telephoned our studio to ask if i would be able to draw their beautiful black cat called Penny. Jenette wanted it to be a gift from her family to her on a special 50th birthday. Jeanette emailed and said – I have researched many pet portrait artists, and believe you…

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Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess


Welcome to my Pencil Pet Portrait of Tess, a very happy Labrador. The portrait of Tess was commission by a returning client who wanted a drawing of her sisters dog. They were heading over to Spain where Tess lives and wanted to give it as a birthday surprise. Lucky I managed to get the portrait all completed and framed just…

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Paint & Draw Magazine Article


Welcome to my Paint & Draw Magazine Article. I am very pleased to announce that my drawing of Poppy is is this months edition of Paint & Draw magazine! I was asked to produce a step by step guide of how I create my portraits for the magazine. Although every single portrait is unique and tackled in slightly different ways. This depends…

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Cat Portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes


Welcome to our cat portrait of Frankie Blue Eyes. You can see immediately why Frankie was called Frankie blue Eyes. He was a Snowshoe Siamese Cat and was commissioned by returning clients. Sadly Frankie passed away and so we are honoured to be able to portray him. Our clients can remember his wonderful character and personality along with his beautiful colouring…

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Cat Pencil Drawing of Mungo


Welcome to my cat pencil drawing of Mungo. Charlotte emailed me to ask if I would be able to draw their beautiful cat called Mungo. Charlotte emailed the following… I am based in Hong Kong, and my first year wedding anniversary is approaching. I was hoping to get my husband a portrait of our darling kitten, Mungo. Would you have the…

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Flat Coat Drawing of Saffy


Welcome to my Flat Coat drawing of Saffy in pencil on paper.  Saffy was commissioned by Tara who is based in Sweden. I was so thrilled when Tara emailed as I absolutely love drawing Flatcoated Retrievers, they are one of my favourite breeds to portray. I have drawn quite a few over the years and you can see just a…

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Daemon’s Pet Portrait and Superfast!


Welcome to Daemon’s Pet Portrait. Its been a pretty exciting and full week here and I will start with two drawings I have created of a very elegant dog called Daemon. I have not only drawn his portrait, but I have drawn his paw also. My client sent me a photo of the underside of his foot and wanted me to…

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Dog Oil Portrait of Ted


Welcome to the latest dog oil portrait of Ted. Nicola, a returning client from Cardiff, commissioned a portrait of Ted the Dachshund in oils on canvas. She wanted it to match portraits she commissioned of her other Dachshund at this age.  The portrait is 14 x 14 size on canvas. It was the perfect shape to work with a photo…

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