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When we started painting pets about 20 years ago we never dreamt that we would receive so many wonderful letters of heart felt thanks from our happy cleints - let alone some superb photos of clients with their portraits and pets too. We have been lucky enough to be allowed to share them with you here.

 

It often affects us emotionally when we read clients letters. They are so personal, in fact many we don't reproduce in full as we often feel it wouldn't be right. Here you can click on the images to view more photos and read testimonials about their portraits and below that are letters and emails some prior to us being online.

 
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Hand Written Letters & Email Testimonials

Sent between 2005 to present day
The emails below are from more recent clients, we unfortunately cant put everyone's paintings in the gallery but here are their lovely emails and letters to us during and upon receipt of their portraits.
 

Melanie. the portrait of Jessie is beautiful - and the most wonderful thing of all is that you have captured her personality in a really magical way - our brave little retriever with twinkling eyes and a heart of gold! She's just leaping off the canvas to us.You are both stars of the highest quality! I just can't thank you enough for everything - not least your kindness in helping me to sort things out, and your guidance and patience whilst we chose the background.

The framer was pleased to see it as much of his work does not consist of portraits of that quality. The framer and I chose the frame easily - he smiled when he saw those little bits of wood or whatever that you enclosed. I hope you like our choice. He'a actually going to hang the portrait in his gallery for the day, and I'm going to take our friends in to see the pictures, and hopefully David will see Jessie up amongst them !! Then I can tell him that it's sold -to him! The teashop are in on it too, and they are going to put a candle on the table etc. I have left your leaflet with details with him. More news after tomorrow!!

M and J
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Hello Melanie! It was all fabulous!! The framer had hung the portrait in his gallery, just as he said.
Eight of us had our first course in the restaurent, ordered our puddings, and then I suggested that while we were waiting, we just took a quick look at the gallery,which two of our friends had never seen. Everyone was "in on it" except David, so in we all went, and David spotted the golden retriever portrait almost immediately.We held back a bit, and he stared, and went closer, and stared, and stared... and then I went to him and gave him a hug and told him he wasn't seeing things, and yes! it WAS Jessie and it was his! Everybody was laughing and crying all at the same time, not least David - so I'm afarid no photos got taken right then.

We're having an end-of -the-birthday-week celebration party on Saturday night for more of our dog training friends, and I'll make sure we take some then so I can get one to you. It's already hanging on our sitting room wall.

The littlest puppy saw it last night and she could hardly believe her eyes - went up to it,looked, came to us,looked round to see where Jessie was: What better credentials for a true likeness could you wish for?!! The framer had done a brilliant job.He'd said to me earlier,"I expect there might be a bit of a cafuffle when he comes in?" That was to put it mildly!! None of us who were there will ever forget the look on David's face.

Anyway, Sue or I will be back in touch with a photo or two so that you can see the portrait framed.I hope you feel the frame does the portrait justice. I can't thank you enough for everything - I shall keep an eye on your web-site just for my own pleasure - and so,of course, will David. I shall miss our emails (though not the anxious wait!). Just can't thank you enough. Perhaps one day we might make it to your workshop in Wales.

Enjoy your week-end. Mary, Jessie and David

 

Hi Melanie,

I wanted to let you know that your painting arrived in perfect condition, and we absolutely love it! I admit I let it sit for a day or so until me, my husband and my mom (and the dog children) could open it together. Many oohs & ahhs. I can't thank you enough for all the heart and talent you put into their portrait. Looking at it up close, your brushwork, use of color and understanding of dog anatomy is amazing. More importantly, you've captured their expressions and personalities perfectly. (They should only look so sleek & well-groomed in person.) It's an artwork that I'll treasure forever, thanks to my sister's generosity. My entire family sends our heartfelt thanks!

I've hung it in the living room where we walk by it several times a day, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. You are so talented, and your work brings such pleasure to those of us lucky enough to own one of your pieces. I promise to send photos of my dogs with their portrait once the weather clears up. I want to stage it out in the back yard where the original photo was taken, but it's been raining all week here.

I also have to mention how happy I am with the framing, and I think it's a valuable addition to your line. Now the painting is truly finished, ready to hang the moment it arrived. Your choice of frame is perfect to harmonize with off the tones in the artwork. Special thanks to your framer -- the workmanship is perfect, and I love the fleur de lis paper on the back! A touch of Florence, yes? (I'm guessing he used an Italian paper from Florence.)

Thanks again for an absolutely smashing job!

Karen, Robert, Wilma, Winston & Daisy

 
Hi Mel,

You have definitely captured his eyes which I knew you would. When I showed it to Kevin's brother yesterday he couldn't believe it was an oil. He was very impressed, as am I. You have confirmed that you were the right person to capture his spirit.
I will be over the last week in October, so I will give you a ring to arrange a suitable time to visit if that's ok. I'm looking forward to seeing the lovely Amram again and obviously can't wait to see my boy's portrait in the flesh. Expect some tears though.

Best Wishes
Laura
 
Hi Melanie,
Received the portrait of max, it looks brilliant, my wife will be in for a suprise when she opens it. Thanks again,
Dave
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The portrait of Max was a present for my birthday and I have to just say it is absolutely wonderful, you have captured his expression perfectly and it is so lifelike. I am extremely pleased with it and It will definitely have pride of place. Many, many thanks.
Shirley Gorman
 

Hello Melanie,

The portrait arrived !!! It's magnificent . I cry every time I look at it because it's as though Ernie has come home again . We are so grateful for your talent, kindness and earnestness. These were the qualities that characterized Ernie, so it makes your painting that much more special to us.

Nancy and Paul

 
Hi Melanie - well he arrived today - and I "daren't" (see how I'm picking up so quickly) tell you that he sat on the porch for 2 hours! I work from home and get a lot of FedEx packages for work and they just drop them off. I heard the doorbell ring, but thinking it was them forgot about it. Anyhow, he was safe and sound : )

As for the portrait itself, I'm just speechless. He is beyond stunning. Just brilliant! There is not one thing I could alter. And I'm so glad I went up on the size as he is literally life size which I didn't realize he would be. It's like he's just sitting in the room with me. He's just beautiful Melanie - as beautiful as he was in real life - I could not be happier!! I'm a big sap and of course cried, but they are happy tears. I'm just so thrilled to be able to have this wonderful memory of him to carry with me always. He was such a special boy - there is not a day that goes by I don't think about him - so to have this to see everyday is just wonderful. It's just so very special. I can't thank you enough of course!!!! :) so THANK YOU!!!
Kelly
 
Hi Melanie,
Sammy’s portrait is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to present it to my friend. Once I have it I’ll arrange to present it to my friend. Of course, I’ll take pictures and send you one with Michele and her new portrait.
Thank you so much for doing a wonderful job. I’m so glad I found you!
Hugs,
Felicia
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Hi Melanie,
I can’t believe so much time has passed since I received the portrait of Sammy for my friend! My apologies, but I am finally sending you a few pictures. One is Michele and Sammy with the “just arrived” portrait, and the other shows Sammy, framed. Michele loved it. Hope all is well in Wales!
Thank you for a wonderful gift,
Felicia
 
Melanie - First, I am thrilled by the painting. As you said, this really more a portrait than a painting. I must admit to mixed emotions when I look at it, given the quick, unexpected and early death of Wilson to AHA. However, while my emotions may start with sadness, it soon turns into a smile thinking about all the good times and his sweet personality. I don’t know that you ever get over it completely, it’s just that the memories evoke more smiles faster as time goes by.

I really can’t wait to see Carol’s face when she sees the picture. I’ve got a feeling it will invoke a bit on emotion for her a well. There was a basketball coach here in the US, someone you’ve probably never heard of (after all we don’t even play the proper football). His name was Jim Valvano and he had cancer while still in his prime. He was very successful and popular and before he died, they started a cancer research fund (Jimmy V fund) in his honor. ESPN televised an event establishing the fund and it was one of Valvano’s last public appearances. One of the things he said was: ““To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” I have a feeling your painting will cover her for 1 and 3.

Once we get the painting framed, I’ll be sure to send you a picture (may take awhile as I suspect Carol will be looking for the perfect antique frame) Thanks again for sharing your artistic talent… I suspect there may be a PBGV in your future

Brooks
 

Oh Melanie - it's beautiful! It's going to make me cry. You really captured her very well. I'll forward it to my husband, but I doubt he'll want changes. Liz.

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Hi Melanie
The portraits arrived yesterday and they are gorgeous!! Thanks so much - and thank Nick, too. We're really very happy with them. When I get them framed, I'll send you a photo, if you are interested. And I'll pass along your flyers to my vet friend. It's been great working with you.
Liz.

 

Hi, just checked it out, looks fantastic so far! Really pleased
Jenny & Graham

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Looking really wonderful...Jenny and graham

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Hi Melanie and Nick,

We are sooo pleased with the portrait, Nick has captured them both brilliantly, thank you. Graham is very pleased... We have just got a new puppy to add to the pack so maybe in touch in the future for the next generation!

Thanks again

Jenny & Graham

 

Did not imagine it could be any better. Coal's portrait arrived today. Our copies were fabulous but the real thing is so life like it is AMAZING!!!! Cannot thank you enough--we are ecstatic!

I am bringing it to the framer tomorrow and will send you a picture when it is done. Fondly, Julie

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Just wanted to let you know how excited we are about Coal's portrait. I have him as my wallpaper on my phone and iPad and I have sent it to all who know him. Everyone is so impressed with it, not only for its beauty and dimensions, but also for how his personality has been captured. We cannot wait until the actual portrait arrives. If our copies are so impressive the real thing will be astounding.

Thank you once again--I will let you know when it arrives. Fondly, Julie

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My daughter and I just looked at the portrait . FABULOUS!! Nick truly captured Coal. So excited. Julie

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We are thrilled. It is perfect. Nick has so captured our little guy. Thank you so much. We cannot wait to show it to everyone.
What a great Christmas Gift for all of us!
Fondly,
Julie

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I cannot stop looking at it.   Just love it!!!!!!  

 

Oh Melanie - it's beautiful! It's going to make me cry. You really captured her very well. I'll forward it to my husband, but I doubt he'll want changes. Liz.

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Hi Melanie
The portraits arrived yesterday and they are gorgeous!! Thanks so much - and thank Nick, too. We're really very happy with them. When I get them framed, I'll send you a photo, if you are interested. And I'll pass along your flyers to my vet friend. It's been great working with you.
Liz.

 

Hi Mel,

I opened the portrait (once I got through the bubble wrap!) as soon as I got home on Friday night. It is brilliant! I thought I would know what to expect as I had seen the scans etc and they were fantastic but the actual portrait exceeded all my expectations. As you know, Naz had to be put to sleep in March and it broke my heart. As daft as it sounds, I feel that he is back with me in a small way when I look at the portrait, so thank you.
Thanks again
Nicky

 

Hello Melanie, Hello Nick,

We are absolutely delighted with what we have seen on the web site and of the attachment with your email. Thank you Nick for capturing Tess and Kenny's likeness so well, it is virtually like looking at them in the flesh. We really look forward to seeing the actual finished painting now.

Once again, what a wonderful painting, I look forward to receiving it, thank you once again
Regards
Richard

 
Melanie,
We received Missy Rose this afternoon about 4:00 PM our time. We are so pleased to see her smiling face again, and so beautifully done. We've been reviewing the places on our walls where she should most appropriately hang. I think after framing, she will be on the wall outside my office/library door so every time I enter and leave she will smile at me.
Melanie, we will certainly provide pictures of our framing job once complete. It may be 2 or 3 weeks before that job is accomplished.
Thank you again, young lady, you've made us happy and you've done justice to our dear Missy Rose.
Best wishes always, Gary and Barbara
 
Dear Melanie, She looks sooooo beautiful! You have captured Fel's character perfectly. It could not be any more perfect. It makes me cry and I can't wait to see the painting in person! I could not possibly explain what this piece of art means to me. It will be cherished always! Thank you for all of the time you put into this painting Melanie, you are very gifted. When it comes time to ship the painting I wanted to make sure you had the correct information. I am moving, and have a different address for the painting to be sent to. Just let me know when it is shipped so I know when to expect it! Much love, Tiffany
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Dear Melanie, I received my painting of Fel today! I was sooooo excited to see it! It is even more beautiful in person. I will always have her in my heart, but now I can see her everyday also! Thank you for that!
I will take a picture and email you when I have it framed. I am going to enjoy it for a week before I take it to the frame shop! I will be in touch, thanks again.
Sincerely
Tiffany
 

Hello Melanie,

Edwards picture is really wonderful, its going to make a great christmas present.
Duncan.

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Melanie,

Your picture of Edward is fantastic, or as you Brit's say 'Brilliant'. You have captured his facial features exactly right. I agree with you about the tree on the left, you have a good balance with our it. Now of course I'm very anxious to see the picture in full size. Thanks for all your hard work.

Regards

Duncan.

 

It is so fantastic, thank you so much. I can't wait to see it for real.
I can't tell you how excited we are about this. Nelson is now a dad, so it's good to have a picture of the founder of a dynasty (we hope we will have his family for ever, as he's been such a great little companion to us). I really look forward to getting it.

Thank you SO much.

Lisa-Jane x

 
You and Nick have been a pleasure to work with. Your talent is amazing and you have been so accommodating to us.
I would say that you have excellent customer service but that sounds odd...like I was talking about Sears and that's not what I mean. You have been kind, thoughtful, and caring. Always ready to answer questions and make changes. I really tell everyone that you two are the very best at what you do. It is not easy to deal with people and you do it effortlessly. I also appreciate your phone calls. What a personal touch! Thank you so much, Nick and Melanie
Kay Witt
 

Melanie

I have received the portrait today and it has arrived safely. I am absolutely amazed at the likeness and from a short distance it still looks likes a photo to me. I am not going to show Paul until Christmas Day as although he knows about it I still think he is going to be totally gobsmacked when he sees it. I will defintely take a photo of it when it has been framed and send it to you for your wedsite.I cannot thank you enough and hope you have a lovely Christmas and our best wishes for the New Year.

 
Melanie Yes it was a great success thank you! Lindy plans to write to you seperately. Unfortunately Chilli is still some way from a full recovery and although there are glimpses of the dog (puppy really) we had before, there is still a long way to go. Whatever the outcome, the portrait will be a terrific permanent memory. Hope you are well and not working too hard!
Best regards
Ian x
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Dear Melanie Please excuse me for not contacting you sooner.
I LOVE my portrait of Chilli.......as you know she had a terrible time and thankfully is now mending slowly.
She has to have another op at the end of June in the hopes that her insides can be improved . Although she appears well, the illness damaged her intestines and she is so young we want to try and make life easier for her. Ian explained how stressful the whole portrait project was....knowing that if she didn't make it, the present wouldn't have seemed appropriate quite so soon after. BUT, she did, and we can all enjoy the fabulous painting. Phew! Thanks for all your interest in her recovery.
Lindy
 

Hi Melanie

Wow, wow, wow!!!! Thanks soooo much, we have received the portrait and it looks brilliant. We can't thank you enough for what you have done - it is absolutely perfect in every way and captures their personalities in every detail.

We are planning on getting a frame from the same place we got mum's and if it is with the same timescale, it should be done within the next couple of months. As soon as it is done and up in our living room, we will take some photos and send them on to you.

Thanks again for all you have done and hope to speak to you again soon.

Hope you are all well.

Love S x

 

Melanie,
What a beautiful portrait of our dog, Reggie.  You captured his best features, ears and the intelligence in his eyes, so well.  We can hardly wait to get it and hang it up.
Sally and Becky
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We received the portrait yesterday.  It looks amazing!  We are so pleased with your work.  We will send you a picture once we find the perfect frame for it.  Thank you again.
Take care. Sally and Becky

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Good Morning,
Here are pictures of Millie's portrait. We are so happy with how they look. You do beautiful work!
Sally & Becky

 

....The picture is really Zach!. I looked at the boy himself and back to the picture and you have painted Zach, You really are amazing.....

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Hi Melanie,
I figured you were geting close to starting Dani (I have been watching your blog) and now to see that it is done! I can not think of anything I would want changed. Am anxious to see it hung on the wall next to Zack.
Can't wait to see it.
Denise

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Hi Melanie
I finally have a picture of Dani with her portrait.  She doesn't seem to like all the lights on the camera so she does not look too happy.  Believe it or not, I have not gotten it hung up yet. It sits propped up on the coffee table right where I can see it.  I will send a picture when it finds it final place.  I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed both Dani's and Zack's portraits.  Thanks so much.
Denise

 

 
Hi Melanie,

We are absolutely thrilled with it! It is such a likeness to her, we can't get over just how well you've captured her. And such perfect timing that I was back in the country to collect it! My brother will love it - he is on holiday until the weekend so will get it on his return. He has been getting at me for ages about not getting him a 21st present so this will certainly shut him up! Thank you so much, it will be very much treasured as Milly is a very special dog - it couldn't be more perfect.

All the best

Harriet.
 

Dear Melanie,
So I really couldn't wait until Sunday/Monday, so I took some time out and went to see some of my family, and showed some of my work colleges the final scan. Got a number of useful comments back, so if you're ready Ill begin:-

Fantastic
Unbelievable (in a good way)
Perfect
Is that a photo Oh my god no its a painting!
Oh a picture of a dog, hold on that's Zeus, that's amazing!
Its really good don't change anything
When will you get it? I cant wait to see it hung
And finally, from my sister - That's really, really good do you think I should get one done of Taz?

So its a definite NO CHANGES ARE REQUIRED so is that the painting finished? Please let me know as I am very excited. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,
Gary

 
Hi,
I am speechless. Harley looks fabulous! I am so thrilled with how she's coming along. You are really doing her such a great justice and so far it exceeds my wildest hopes! This is such an emotional journey for me to see her like this and I hope it doesn't sound too off the wall, but she looks so lifelike its beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye this afternoon when I looked at her. Cant wait to see the finished portrait.
Rowena
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Oh my! I am sitting here sobbing. She looks so beautiful I am absolutely THRILLED with it. Words fail me. You have done her proud and its even better than I could ever have dreamed of. thank you so much.
Rowena
 

Hi Melanie and Nick,
Painting has arrived and we are both very pleased with it. I think you have caught the essence of both dogs very well. Sophie is always slightly worried and Daisy never had a care in the world. Daisy looks so beautiful.

Thank you.
Anne & Peter Fisher

 
The portrait looks wonderful. Thanks so much.
I am so happy to have the painting by Christmas. Thanks again, Jim
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Melanie I have been traveling so i could not respond sooner; but, the portrait arrived last Friday. It looks great. Thanks again for your beautiful work. I have already given your info to my co-workers. Happy holidays
Jim
 

Melanie: Just looked at on line – absolutely fantastic! That’s my baby boy! Thanks so very much – I can’t tell you how much this means to me.

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Melanie and Nick: The painting just arrived. It is just beautiful. Thanks so very much. I will be taking it to be framed tomorrow. Once I get it back I will be sure to send you pictures. You have captured the very essence of my baby boy, Reggie!

All the best,
Christine

 
Melanie, You've absolutely nailed it. Beautiful.The way you have treated Butu's eyes, they follow one around the room. Terrific. We also like the way you have downplayed the background to draw more attention to Butu, and eliminating the purple flowers which were a bit distracting in the original photos.
Best regards, Rip
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Melanie,
The prints arrived on good order. Our housekeeper chose the smaller with which she is delighted, and we brought the larger with us to Montana where we are having it framed to hang at Camp Arrowhead our vacation home. Best regards, Rip
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Yes, Melanie, We have chosen a lovely gold frame for Butu's portrait which will probably hang in the living room in close proximity to the work of another of your countrymen - Sir Alfred Munnings.
Best regards, Rip
 
Hi Melanie

Thankyou so much. We all love it! Roly looks great and I see no reason why we would want to change it at all. After we have received it I will be in contact again as we have 2 other dogs, and am sure we will want portraits of them as well.

Look forward to talking again soon John

 
Wow Melanie, she is GORGEOUS, yes, you HAVE captured Lilly well and the feel of a day at the beach!! We appreciate all your time and effort that went into making her come alive. I wish I could present this in person to the family to see the look (and most likely tears) on their faces when they open it up. We cannot thank you enough and perhaps we will be in touch again for another portrait!
Best wishes, Jeannie & Dean
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Hi Melanie!
Lilly is spectacular! You have done yourself proud! We are extremely pleased and only wish we could be there when the family opens it. The colors and feel/mood of the picture are perfect. Thank you so much.
We have a frame shop on the side and will be framing it ourselves. I am thinking of doing something that looks like driftwood to keep the beachy theme but that may change as I see all the available frames.
We will definitely send you a photo when it is completed. Can't thank you enough Melanie
Jeannie & Dean
 

Melanie

The portrait is really stunning, Max, Chloe and Yoshi are absolutly perfect colouring, form and expression, you have done an amazing job.
Debra

Melanie

Paul loves the portrait and is excited about seeing it on one of our walls! Debra.

 
Melanie,
I think it's perfect. I just LOVE it!!!!! I am so excited and don't know if I'll be able to wait til Jim's birthday at the end of Sept. to give it to him. Thank you, thank you, for this lovely portrait of our dear dear old man. Please let me know when you've mail it so I will know to expect it.
Ellen

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Chester's portrait came today.  I am thrilled with it!!  You did an absolutley fabulous job.  It is breathtaking.
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Here are the pics of Jim opening his present.  Feel free to post them on your website.  We think we're going to hang it here at home, but we're interested in getting some prints of the portrait for Jim's office and my office at work. We will be in touch.
Ellen
 

Melanie,

Well, words can not describe how I feel when I look at his painting. It is beyond wonderful and is simply stunning. You even captured the little fuzzy hairs on his nose and his nose even looks wet. He looks as if you could reach out and touch him. Looking at his eyes, it almost looks as if I am truly looking into his eyes and can see his emotions and feelings. I am pleased if you can not tell, and no, please don't change a thing. I can't wait till Christmas, my husband is going to be shocked to say the least.Thank you very much, I will let you know my husband's reaction after Christmas. Beverly
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Melanie,
I received the painting today!! It is even better in real life. I am going to try and see if there are any framers in my area that might be able to get it done before Christmas, if not, I am sure my husband will love it just as much.

Also, I hope you don't mind, but I have been emailing my friends the scan of the painting and quite a few have asked for your contact info and Lothar's breeder is really interested. So, it looks like you might be doing more Rotties in the near future. Can I put the picture of Lothar (the one with the trademark) on Lothar's website along with a link to your website? I will let you know what the hubby thought after Christmas. Have a wonderful Holiday!! Beverly
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Melanie,
Hello, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday. I wanted to send you some pictures of my husband opening his painting on Christmas and I was going to send a really good one of it framed but I gave my husband the option of taking it to work and putting in his office or hanging it up at home. Much to my surprise he chose his office and the very next day it was gone. The painting had him choked up when he opened it and he even got teary eyed, everyone was astonished that it was a painting, one family member kept insisting it was a photo.

Needless to say, we are extremely happy with our portrait and will always cherish it. Thank you so much for creating such a special piece for us.

Beverly Crane

 

Thank you so much for sending me the final scan! Wow, I am speechless, there are no words to describe such beauty! I am so happy about the picture!!! And I bet my dog trainer will be too! I know she will be. It's truly a masterpiece. Diva looks so vivid and real like she's going to jump out of the picture. And as I have told you before, I especially like how you two paint the eyes. I think they look wonderful, so full of life! I love the picture so much! And the background turned out fantastic as well with the field and the flowers and the beautiful sky, everything is just so perfect! The picture is so incredibly beautiful and I can't thank you both enough for it. I am so more than happy with it. I can't wait to give the picture to my trainer, she will be so thrilled as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!Have a wonderful weekend, both of you, and good luck with everything!
Best wishes
Brendon
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Hi Melanie,
Thanks so much for posting the stages of the Diva picture on your website. It looks absolutely amazing!!! And so much better even than the photo! I love how detailed you can see the facial features which in the photo you can't, and the eyes have that special glow like all of your pictures that I like so much. I am looking forward to seeing the final scan. Thank you so much for your update and many greetings and thanks to Nick too for his great work!
Best wishes
Brendon

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Dear Melanie and Nick,
................. And now I want to thank you for the beautiful, beautiful picture of Diva! It arrived on Thursday and it looked even better than it already did on the pictures you've sent me! It was packed with so much love and care and thank you also for the nice letter! I looove the picture! I've never seen anything this beautiful before (except all your other pictures on your website) and I'm loooking forward to having both of my own dogs painted by you in the future. When my trainer has gotten the picture I will ask her for a photo of Diva and the picture so that you can post it on your website. Thank you so much for painting this wonderful perfect picture of Diva for my trainer and me, I was so happy when it arrived, and thank you also for the lovely contact and updates and all the effort you put into keeping your clients up to date. I appreciate it very much!
Have a great weekend and greetings to Tom!
All the best
Brendon

 
Hi Melanie
I forwarded the picture and video to Ruth and David and then called them on the phone. The only comment that I got was ………………WOW!!! That is a very big compliment from them. I think the painting is beautiful. Thank you very much. Can’t wait for the finished article, Kind Regards Julian Shields
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Hi Melanie
Many thanks for the explanation. It all makes very good sense.
Upon receipt of your email, I took the painting to our friends last night and they think it is absolutely wonderful. There was many tears and hugs etc. Thank you so much for the way that you have looked after us and for your patience. I am still amazed that you produced such brilliant results from the photos we sent. I will be recommending your website and you wherever possible. My friends intend to have the picture framed ASAP. When it is in place they will take a photo of it and send it to you.
Once again many thanks for the lovely picture
Kind Regards
Julian Shields
 
Dear Melanie, Have just looked on your site we were both delighted to see all six stages of the painting of Abigail. You are truly a worker of miracles, as the depiction of her coat and the shape of her face are absolutely spot on! Pete
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Dear Melanie, Abigail has just arrived. We lost her just over 8 months ago and to be honest, I have had great difficulty in coming to terms with this, as I am sure you understand.
The portrait you have done for me is totally incredible and almost beyond words. I feel that she has found a way of coming back to keep an eye over us. I never really appreciated how moving a painting of a loved one can be - I have no idea how you have managed to capture her not only in looks, but also in character and spirit. We are so lucky to have found you and your talent.
I am having difficulty moving away from the picture at the moment to get on with my day! I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me. I don't know if Pete mentioned.....we have two more bunnies......! Thank you so much, warmest wishes,
Juliet Long
 

Hello Melanie
Looks good to me. I've been following the progress on your blog with interest and I'm pleased that you enjoyed working on Gina's portrait. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished portrait.
Regards
Patrick
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Hello Melanie,
Portrait arrived to-day. Absolutely superb! Very pleased, and impressed with the packaging too.
Thank you.
Patrick
 

Hi Melanie and Nick

Good news and bad news - I gave Lin the painting, she loves it so much - the bad news she keeps crying when she looks at it Lol
Lin wants to e mail you both tomorrow, I will send you some pics ASAP .

Regards
Gary x

 
Dear Melanie
The portrait has arrived!
I cannot adequately express my appreciation.
I feel as though my sweet boy, Maximilian, is now here both in body and spirit.
The resemblance is striking, the workmanship outstanding!
You have captured his essence, heart, and character perfectly.
I am forever indebted to you for giving me the opportunity to keep him forever close.
We all still miss him terribly.
I hope to put the portrait on his website with both (due) credit and links as well as soon as possible.
Ill be in touch soon when thats accomplished.
I hope we can work together again soon for (maybe?) another portrait and some website hook-ups.
Right now, I am just too overwhelmed&..
Thanks Again and Kindest Regards,
Carol Di Bari
 

Hi Melanie
Claire loves the picture of her boys and cant thank you enough its a truly beautiful painting. We both like two of the frames you have suggested the bronze version and the black and silver one but we cant make up our minds on which one would go the best with the picture.....we would really value your opinion to help us choose between the two frames. Thanking you. Wayne

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Hi Melanie,
We haven't spoken before but I'd like to thank you so much for taking a photo when you go to see Jane over the weekend so we can see what frame would look the best, I do appreciate that. I can't believe how Nick and yourself have captured Ben and Jake everything about them is so perfect.......Look forward to your reply at the weekend.
Claire. x

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Hi Melanie & Nick,
It was such a lovely surprise to receive Ben and Jake's picture on Wednesday safe and sound, and its even more stunning in the flesh I cant stop looking at it because its like they are both here again and any minute they will come out of the picture. Thank you so much to Nick and yourself the way you have captured both of them its so beautiful. We have hung the picture on one of the bedroom walls it was Ben and Jake's favourite place in the whole house they loved lying on us at night.....We would love to see Ben and Jake added to your website we look at it all the time, and we will send you a few pictures shortly of the boys on our wall.

regards,

Wayne Claire and Ellie.x

 

Hi Melanie,
The painting is just beautiful. We absolutely love it & cannot wait to see it in person. You have captured her expression perfectly & I can feel the softness of her fur from the painting. We cannot thank you enough.
Best Wishes, Miriam
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Hi Melanie,
We LOVE it!!!!!! The frame is beautiful – it is simple yet very elegant. She looks so very pretty!!!Talk to you soon,
Miriam

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Hi Melanie,
Cheyenne arrived today safe & sound!!!! We cannot believe that it got here so quickly – it seems that from Wales is quicker than if I send something to another state. She looks amazing, we are so very happy with the painting & the frame. Your packaging was also amazing. We will definitely send you a photo and a note when we return from Florida but I just wanted to let you know that she arrived.
Thank you so very much again,
Best Wishes,
Miriam & Dan

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Hi Melanie,
We have to first apologize for not writing sooner. Hope all is well.
Cheyenne’s portrait brings us joy every day. She is hung in a place that we see almost every moment that we are home. It has gotten easier to look at her & mostly the feelings are of joy & fond memories rather than sadness.

I want to tell you that our friend who happened to also be her veterinarian saw her portrait the other day. He told us that he always has people coming in who tell him that they can do portraits, so that he can recommend them to his client (he has yet to find anyone that he would consider). When he took a look at Cheyenne he was speechless & said that it looked exactly like her. He said that this was the best that he has ever seen. Of course I did give him your website just in case he wanted to give it out.
We absolutely love the painting & her expression is so lifelike it is amazing. We miss her terribly, but seeing her every day is very comforting. Thank you again for your extreme talent, professionalism & help with the entire process.
Best Wishes,
Miriam & Dan Borsch

 

Hi Melanie,

Just writing to let you know the portrait arrived safely this morning.
Bill was absolutely delighted with the portrait and we're both so impressed with how well you've captured Ted exactly. It's like having him in the room with us again. It's so life-like, you could almost imagine him stepping off the canvas. Thank you for painting such a wonderful portrait to remember him by - every day. We'll be sure to send you a photo once it's framed.
With our best wishes
Helen and Bill

 

Hi Melanie,

I just wanted to tell you that everyone here that has seen your portrait of Holly loves it! It makes me sad to see him, I feel like I could reach out and touch him. We are so excited to give it to Justin ( my brother). Now my family is talking about portraits of all of our other pets...there are a lot of them. Thank you so much,

Christy
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Hi Melanie,

IT'S HERE! It is even prettier than the photos online. Everything was in good order, we are ending up taking it to my brothers house in Sacramento. I'll send pics as soon as I get them on my pc. Thank you so much, I'm sure you will hear from our family in the future.

Christy

 

Hi Melanie,
We just got ashers portrait back from the frame shop today. They said it was the best pet portrait they have ever seen. We will be hanging it up in the front hall entry in the next couple of days. I will send update pics then. We went with a black wood frame to match more of our home decor. Thank you so much, it is just amazing.
Jordan
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Thank you Melanie!! Once we get it framed and up I will definitely send you some pictures.  I will let you know once we receive it as well.

Thank you again for such a fabulous job!
Jordan

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Hi Melanie,
Thank you and Nick for a fabulous job on Ashers Oil painting. We hung it in the hallway, so we look at it every day. Sorry not the best pic, it is from my phone.
Jordan

 

Hi Melanie, I think its stunning, Melanie, yes..thats my puppy. I don't foresee any changes, but if Martin has any comments, I'll forward them to you. Dom
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Hey Melanie, Martin thinks its great! But most importantly, I love it. I know its wonderful because I really can't look at it without crying.. at least not yet. Let me know the next steps
thanks! Dom

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Hi Melanie, Everything arrived safely.  Thank you.  I am sorry it took so long to let you know, but honestly, its been much more difficult than I expected to have the portrait.  Its been raking up all the feelings of loss and sadness.  I suppose that means its very good work. I'm waiting for the frame
Thanks again
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Hi Melanie, Attached is the portrait framed. It looks amazing.  I can almost hear him bark.
Thank you Dom

 

Hello Melanie,
The painting is just absolutely beautiful!!! I love it!! I also love that it’s so different from Kali’s portrait. Their personalities are so different, not to mention how different they are physically. I think I’m just going to hang it as is. I love the naturalness (if that’s a word) of it unframed, which is just like Roxie. She’s a “no frills” kind of girl. As soon as I get it hung, I’ll send pictures. Plus, we’ve been having so much rain lately, I’d like to get a picture when it’s nice and bright outside. Can’t complain, though, because we desperately need the rain. I just wish I could tell all your potential clients that if you think the final scan is amazing, the painting will absolutely blow you away. When you see the painting for the first time, you just have to sit back and say “Wow – Unbelievable!!”.
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....My sister was home for a visit this past weekend and I showed her the portrait. She was floored!!! She said it is amazing that somebody can paint like that! She was helping decide where to hang it.....

 

Hi Melanie and Nick,
Thank you so much, I am sure my family will be delighted.
Best wishes
David Baker

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Melanie
The Eagle Has Landed!!-----My neighbour advises that the parcel arrived safely on thursday.We can now leave unopened until I collect on Xmas Eve. Thank you so much.I will let you know after Christmas what the reaction from all is--know it will be great and,for an old guy,am getting excited over this parcel opening session. Happy Christmas to you both and again with my sincere thanks
David

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Melanie & Nick,
I am writing to express my most sincere thanks for the wonderful portrait that you have completed for me--I was totally speechless when I saw it,especially as I had absolutely no idea what was planned,and then I guess,quite emotional.It is just perfect--thank you so very much. My family all love it too and I assure you that it will now be very much a family treasure. Thank you both so much and for all the advice that I am sure you gave to David--incidentally I think the frame,which I believe he was a touch worried about,is so right for the painting. With vey best wishes for 2012 and again my thanks. Barbara Baker

 
Hand Written Letters & Email Testimonials

Sent between 1994 and aproximatley 2005

The majority of the letters below I have hand typed out for you to read. We have two full boxfiles of wonderful letters and cards from clients thanking us for their portraits. When we started our business in 1994 we advertised in cat and dog magazines and the only way clients could be in touch with us was by telephone or hand written letter. Seems quite antiquated these days! I actually do miss receiving thank you letters in the mail, the cards we would receive really brightened the studio back then. We have some wonderful memories of them though and I hope you enjoy reading some of the letters below.

 

Dear Melanie,
At 1.10 yesterday, Sunday the 15th of August, with fourteen members of the family present, I presented my dear wife with the portrait of Rosa. Up until that moment my daughter Alison had been the only person to see the portrait, and I at least was more than interested and curious to see the result of your work. (The rest of the family had no idea what lay behind the layers of packaging!) All present were, to say the least, most delighted to see for the first time a portrait of an animal that they all knew and the comment was that's Rosa. The thesaurus describes beautiful as ravishing, gorgeous, stunning, alluring, lovely, handsome, appealing, graceful, exquisite, winsome and charming. All in my opinion apply to the portrait. May I thank you most sincerely for delivering a portrait that is quite lovely. I was almost in tears when I saw it, silly perhaps, but such is the power of emotion. You have indeed (everyone here agrees) captured the essence o f our dog and I thank you very much for doing so. May your success as a portrait painter go from strength to strength. Yours Sincerely,
W.M. Tait.

 
To Melanie,
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the amazing portrait of Jake. It was a difficult decision for me when deciding whom to do Jakes portrait. Looking through artists portfolios is a help, but unless you know the animals it is difficult to tell how good the portrait is. I am actually a difficult person to please, if I am honest, but I am absolutely over the moon with it. When I look at the portrait I see ‘Jake’ not any cocker spaniel. As you have gathered I am a big animal lover so we will definitely be doing business again. Thanks again, Best wishes,
Jeanette Doidge xx
 
Dear Melanie,
Your portraits and Patch and Sandy arrived today and I can't thank you enough. It is really beautiful and I know that Alan will treasure it very much. I don't know how you do it but did you realise that Patch's eyes follow you when you move about the room and its almost as if his face turns too? I was thinking about a mahogany frame, as Alan's furniture is all mahogany, but if you have any better suggestions please advise me. Once again, thank you so very much. Regards,
Ruth MacLennan
 
Dear Melanie,
Just a note to say how pleased I am with the picture of Ronnie – you have captured not just his image, but also his character! Please find a cheque for the outstanding balance. I would be also grateful if you would mind sending three more brochures“ my colleagues were equally impressed. Yours
Jane Dunlop.
 
Dear Melanie,
Firstly thank you very much for both for the picture of Cleo and Clemmie, they are exquisite and they have both been extremely successful. Everyone who has seen then two drawing has said how incredibly like Cleo and Clemmie they are, you have managed to capture their character in both drawings. The Clemmie one is just wonderful you have managed to do exactly what I wanted and the final looks is absolutely perfect, I cant thank you enough. Both George and my mother are over the moon with their present. I have also passed on your detail for someone already that was so impressed with the drawing so hopefully you might get some more business. George and I will probably get in touch again sometime as our best man has a spaniel too Clemmies father, who is getting on a bit and it would be wonderful for him to have something to remember him by. I have enclosed a photo of Clemmie and us at our wedding we had a perfect day. Thank you again for them both I couldnt be happier with them th ey have been such a success.
Victoria Back
 
Dear Melanie,
My husband opened his birthday present and burst into tears (I have his permission to tell you!) We’re both thrilled with the portrait, its such a wonderful likeness of our girl. Thank you for making the day so special. Best regards
Anne and Ken Bardell
 
Dear Melanie,
I would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful painting of Charlie! It is so beautiful you have really captured him; Im so pleased with it. When I saw it words didnt come Just tears, Im sure my father will love it, as it is a Christmas gift for him. I cant get over how lovely it is. Charlie is only 10 months old; he is my dads dog. We had him when he was only 12 weeks. He is just a little baby so loving. We all love him to bits. When he was three months old he fell form a chair and broke his leg. We all thought we would loose him, but he pulled through thank goodness. Please find enclosed a cheque for the balance and I have added a little extra for yourself, I would be pleased if you would accept it. Many Many thanks
Liz Massey, and licks and kisses from Charlie xxxx
 
Dear Melanie,
Should you ever need a testimonial we will be happy to provide the highest praise for your work that painting is so wonderful we were speechless when we saw it. (no a common occurrence!!) With best wishes and thanks
Fran, Mass and Nutley Dichello
 
Dear Melanie,
Just to say the painting was excellent and was very well received. Im sure ill be in contact soon to have one done of my new dogs. Many thanks again.
Steve
 
Dear Melanie,
Just to let you know that there wasnt a dry eye in the house! Yours with thanks
Anne Nash
 
Dear Melanie,
This is just a short letter to thank you for painting a wonderful portrait of our dog, ‘Kandy’. I am very pleased with the outcome and the picture is so like her, Im sure it will be a surprise on Christmas day. Yours Faithfully
Stephanie Cullen
 
Dear Melanie,
Many thanks for another splendid painting. We always new it would never be like her, the quality of the photographs quite frankly were very poor, but you have managed to make Chris very happy. He has many happy memories of his first dog Cass. Sadly I didnt know Chris then and so have to imagine. Anyway we get lots of very favourable comments about Lukes portrait which led Heather and Mike Norris having a picture done of Bobby which they are thrilled with. Many thanks for a great job.
Deborah Duggan
 
Dear Melanie,
Just a short note to say thank you for a lovely painting. Please find enclosed cheque for balance.
Yours Faithfully
Simon West.
 
Dear Melanie,
Please find enclosed the balance of the invoice for bens portrait. May I say again how thrilled we, and the family are. Im sure my husband will be over the moon. Thanks once again.
Judy Nash
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you for the drawing of Humphrey, which is a really good likeness. It will be greatly appreciated by our daughter in law. When our new Springer Tirion is old enough to stand still for a photographs we will be in touch again. Yours sincerely
Hew and Anne Squirrel.
 
Dear Melanie,
Picture received safe and sound, thank you cheque enclosed for balance. We are delighted with the portrait and impressed with the likeness I strongly suspect one or two of us will be in touch in the New Year for pictures of our won pets can you send some order forms please. Many thank for an excellent job
Debbie Martin
 
Dear Melanie,
Thanks so much for the lovely painting. Please find enclosed the balance and a deposit for a painting of Fred, Tess and Lulu, for my mum and dad, Denny and Roberta. Merry Christmas
Anne Gamage.
 
Dear Melanie,
As usual we are delighted with the drawing you did of my mothers horse, please find enclosed a cheque for the remainder of the balance many thanks
Melanie.
 
Dear Melanie,
I would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful painting of Charlie! It is so beautiful you have really captured him; Im so pleased with it. When I saw it words didnt come Just tears, Im sure my father will love it, as it is a Christmas gift for him. I cant get over how lovely it is. Charlie is only 10 months old; he is my dads dog. We had him when he was only 12 weeks. He is just a little baby so loving. We all love him to bits. When he was three months old he fell form a chair and broke his leg. We all thought we would loose him, but he pulled through thank goodness. Please find enclosed a cheque for the balance and I have added a little extra for yourself, I would be pleased if you would accept it. Many Many thanks
Liz Massey, and licks and kisses from Charlie xxxx
 
Dear Melanie,
Just a note to say how pleased I am with the picture of Ronnie you have captured not just his image, but also his character! Please find a cheque for the outstanding balance. I would be also grateful if you would mind sending three more brochures my colleagues were equally impressed. Yours
Jane Dunlop.
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you for the portrait of Betsy. I am sorry to say that she died 2 months ago. The portrait is a lovely memorial to keep as it is exactly like her; I have never known such a gentle dog before. Thank you for the hard work you put into the portrait to make it look so real. Yours sincerely,
L.J. Pridaux
 
Dear Melanie,
Just to say thank you so much for the portrait of Worzel that we have recently received. The likeness and detail is fantastic and we look forward to enjoying it for years to come. Thank you very much and keep up the excellent work.
Rob, Annette and Worzel
 
Dear Melanie,
The portrait was absolutely wonderful and like very much by my sister. Kind Regards
Nan Curtis
 
Dear Melanie,
I would like to thank you for the beautiful portraits you have captured the likeness exalt. I am sure they will bring a tear to the eye of my sister in law, theyr are a silver wedding present. Than you once again
Jane Picton
 
Dear Melanie,
Many thanks for the magnificent portrait of Robbie. You have captured his gentle giant quality exactly. The Hint of red around his head is also exact. I am really thrilled with your interpretation. Thank you so much. Yours Sincerely
Beverly.
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you for the wonderful portrait of Dulcie, my family, friends and especially my mum loved it. They all commented on how good the likeness is. So once again thank you for doing such a wonderful job. I will want a portrait of my own dog doing, so no doubt I will be contacting you in the not too distant future. Yours Sincerely
S. Gabriel.
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you for my portrait of my two Westies. I am delighted with your artistic skills. I think the portraits are very lifelike. Thank you
Pamela Hepps
 
Dear Melanie,
Many thanks for an excellent piece of artwork It doesnt just look like Luke, it is Luke! Again Many thanks
Deborah Duggan
 
Dear Melanie,
The portrait of Sophie arrived on Monday, thank you for much it is really lovely, and has been much admired. Thank you
Jean Gregory
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you so much for the picture, its delightful and im sure my mum with be thrilled.
Stephanie
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you again for the portrait of Kelly it was a very good likeness of her. Yours
Jacky Todd
 
Dear Melanie,
All of the pictures you did for our family are great, I cant wait to se their faces at Christmas. I am sure you will be hearing from me again when we get our next puppy. Thank you again
Emma Larkins
 
Dear Melanie,
Just a quick note tank you very much for the recent picture you did for my wife. We are both very pleased with your work and we will be recommending you to both family and friends. We look forward to seeing you and your work at Crufts in March 200 and also meeting your acquaintance. Well once again thanks and we look forward to having more work from you in the future.
Dave and Michelle.
 
Dear Melanie,
My sister in law and myself would like to thank you for doing such a wonderful job of portraying ‘Kaspa’. You even managed to capture the dopey look he has about him. We think were going to see a few tears on Xmas day from the mother in law, which Im sure can clarify what a talent you have. Many, many thanks and best wishes. We shall recommend you very highly.
Claire Henderson and Joanne Stonebridge.
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you very much for the portrait of Emma, It is a fantastic likeness and im sure Phil will be very touched and delighted by it. Best wishes for the future and thanks again for your hard work and effort. Yours
Nicky Kidman
 
Dear Melanie,
Thanks so much for the lovely painting. Please find enclosed the balance and a deposit for a painting of Fred, Tess and Lulu, for my mum and dad, Denny and Roberta. Merry Christmas
Anne Gamage.
 
Dear Melanie,
Picture received safe and sound, thank you cheque enclosed for balance. We are delighted with the portrait and impressed with the likeness I strongly suspect one or two of us will be in touch in the New Year for pictures of our won pets can you send some order forms please. Many thank for an excellent job
Debbie Martin
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you so much for the portrait of our dear Ffion. It is beautiful and true likeness and will provide us with many happy memories of an all too short life. Next week we are going to see a littler of ten Springer spaniels and in January Tirion will arrive here. We can hardly wait as loosing our two in five weeks has been shattering. Thank you again for the lovely portrait. Yours Sincerely
Hew and Anne Squirrel.
 
Dear Melanie,
As usual we are delighted with the drawing you did of my mothers horse, please find enclosed a cheque for the remainder of the balance many thanks
Melanie
 
Dear Melanie,
The picture was lovely; my daughter was really pleased with it. I have enclosed a photo of my granddaughter.
Love Blanch
 
Dear Melanie,
This is just a short letter to thank you for painting a wonderful portrait of our dog, Kandy. I am very pleased with the outcome and the picture is so like her, Im sure it will be a surprise on Christmas day. Yours Faithfully
Stephanie Cullen
 
Dear Melanie,
Thank you for the portrait of Wooster; it is a very good likeness. Yours sincerely
Elizabeth Pollock
 
Dear Melanie,
We received the portrait ok and opened it with much excitement. It is absolutely beautiful, to look at Mikealas face and instantly recognise our lovely feline friend!! Oils do bring the picture to life and your skill has created a lovely treasure to enjoy. Our congratulations to you and many thanks for a job well done. I will write and let you know Lewis reaction when he opens it on his birthday. With much appreciation and thanks.
Dave and Marian Smith.
 
Oh my goodness! I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful the portrait is! It is almost as if they are both sitting right in front of me. You are SOOOOOOOOO talented!Again, thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job…it is absolutely beautiful!

Dear Melanie – received the portrait yesterday and it made me cry! Even my husband had a tear in his eye. It is breathtaking. The e-mail picture you sent me does not do it justice…it is really amazing! I can’t wait to get it framed and up. I will certainly send you a picture of the completed masterpiece. Again, thank you so much…it really means a lot to us. Best Regards, Monique

 
Hi Melanie,That looks fantastic. Thank you very much.Regards, Neil
 
Hi Mel,
The picture is really Zach!. I looked at the boy himself and back to the picture and you have painted Zach, You really are amazing. I would like to buy some prints of his picture please could you tell me how I do this and how I pay you.
Thank you so much
Chris
 
Hello Melanie
The picture you sent me looks amazing. you have really captured Tazz & Willow.I know my wife will adore it.I cant wait to see itï hanging on the wall,
Thanks very much,
Stephen
 

Dear Melanie,
So I really couldnt wait until Sunday/Monday, so I took some time out and went to see some of my family, and showed some of my work colleges the final scan. Got a number of useful comments back, so if youre ready Ill begin:-

Fantastic
Unbelievable (in a good way)
Perfect
Is that a photo Oh my god no its a painting!
Oh a picture of a dog, hold on thats Zeus, thats amazing!
Its really good dont change anything
When will you get it? I cant wait to see it hung
And finally, from my sister - Thats really, really good do you think I should get one done of Taz?

So its a definite NO CHANGES ARE REQUIRED so is that the painting finished? Please let me know as I am very excited. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Best Regards, Gary

 

Hi Melanie,
Kimba's portrait arrived safely, and last night Clay opened it and he is so happy with it. We both feel you captured him perfectly!
Once it is framed I will take a photo and email it to you.
Thank you so much, I'll recommend you to all my animal loving friends.
Best wishes,
Jacqueline

 
Hi Melanie,I should have e-mailed sooner but we received Sugar's portrait and we love it!We have another dog, a bluetick coonhound, we would like done. I will let you know when we are ready to do this one. Thank you,
Jessica Donlin, CPA
 
Melanie
The portrait looks wonderful. Thanks so much. I am so happy to have the painting by Christmas.
Thanks again,
Jim

Melanie
I have been traveling so i could not respond sooner; but, the portrait arrived last Friday. It looks great. Thanks again for your beautiful work. I have already given your info to my coworkers.
Happy holidays
Jim

 

Hi Melanie
Thankyou so much. We all love it! Roly looks great and I see no reason why we would want to change it at all. My assistants name is Daisy Geary Dyer who will be the best person to contact for delivery. After we have received it I will be in contact again as we have 2 other dogs, and am sure we will want portraits of them as well. Look forard to talking again soon John

Hi Melanie
Just to let you know that this arrived safely at our offices! John didn't open it up as it needed to be transported home after it arrived here.
I was very intruigued to get a glimpse but, sadly, I didn't! I bet it's brilliant!
Thanks so much Regards, Daisy

 
That's great Melanie, thanks!Thank you so much for all your work on this - you're obviously very talented!I'm very much looking forward to receiving it now.Kindest Regards,Suzannah Bazell
 

Melanie,
Wow... We think it looks great... There are no changes at all...Thank you so much for helping us with this, we are looking forward to getting her home with us. Have a wonderful holiday season, and if you ever need anything from us, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you again,
Dave & Jennifer Wilson

Melanie, Just a note to let you know Mandi's portrait arrived on Saturday.
It's absolutely gorgeous. You captured her so beautifully - the sparkle and love that was always in her eyes, her sweet wet nose and her elegance... It is truly magnificent. Thank you so much. With deep appreciation, Jennifer and Dave Wilson.

 
Hi Melanie,
It is so fantastic, thank you so much. I can't wait to see it for real.I can't tell you how excited we are about this. Nelson is now a dad, so it's good to have a picture of the founder of a dynasty (we hope we will have his family for ever, as he's been such a great little companion to us).I really look forward to getting it. Thank you SO much. Lisa-Jane x
 

Hi Melanie,Wow, that is really beautiful. I am actually a little teary-eyed right now. You have captured him beautifully, and so much faster than I expected! Thank you so much!! Amanda Reed USA

 
Dear Melanie,
Thanks for the prompt service. Its a brilliant likeness of Aslan considering youve never seen him in the flesh. I think its going to make a brilliant surprise, once again, thanks a million!!!
Adrian
 
Hi Melanie
Received the portrait this morning and it is absolutely brilliant. My Mum & Dad will love it but there may be a few tears!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2003. Regards Paul
Hi Melanie, Just to let you know the portrait arrived safe and sound and looks great. Thanks ever so much. Kate"
 
Melanie,
Please accept my sincere thanks for a truly fantastic portrait.  My family were astounded at how well you have captured Feebee's look and colouring a true 'work of art' in every sense. The portrait will be framed and a copy of the original photograph as well as copies of your stages of painting it ( I have downloaded them from your website, I hope you have no objection, please let me know if that is breach of copyright or something) and Feebee's pedigree etc included behind so that future generations will know its significance and history, as it will no doubt be a family heirloom and part of family history.Thanks again and very best wishes, Ron
 
Thanks it is AWESOME. I am having it framed at the moment... thanks againRoy x
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Dear Melanie
I just thought I had to write to you to tell you how wonderful I think the portrait you painted of my labrador cross Blue is. My boyfriend has just given it to me and I am so amazed. You have totally captured his personality and his individual 'look' right down to the tiny slant in his right eye. It was so moving for me to look at I almost cried when I first saw it. I am so happy with it I cannot even describe it.  Thank you and well done, you are so incredibly talented. It has already been hung in a prominent spot in our home and everyone who has seen it so far has also been absolutely amazed.Thank you so much!Many thanks, Louise Sandberg (and Blue)
 
Hi Melanie,
I received the portrait this week. It's absolutley amazing, my wife really loves it. If you plan to post this on your web, please let me know, we'll be glad to place a link to your site from our own homepage with our reccomendations for your very talented abilities. Thanks so much, we'll cheerish this for a life time.
Best Wishes
Charles
 
Hi Melanie,
Thank you once again for your efficient and friendly service. Will gladly recommend you to friends and family,couldn't wish for a nicer portrait.
Many thanks,
Nick
 
Hi Melanie,
It's absolutely brilliant just the way it is! I wouldn't change a thing; it's lovely :o)
I forwarded the draft over to Jackie's eMail and she said it looks exactly like him. :o) Thank you SO very very much!
Fondly,
Sue
 

Hi Melanie,
I can't remember if I sent you an email saying that I received "Rocky" in the mail on Saturday and I love it. I dropped it off today to have it framed and matted. I picked a very rustic frame and I hope it turns out as nice I expect it to. You did a gorgeous job and I know that Mark will love it. Of course when I asked how long it will take to have it framed, they said two weeks!! Yikes, after the trouble you went to to have it here in time! Hopefully it will be ready by the 15th! 'll send a photo when it's back. (It was hard to leave it there. I hope they take good care of him) Thanks again Betsy

Hi Melanie,
I don't think I ever wrote and told you about Mark's reaction to the portrait of Rocky... He LOVED it! It brought tears to his eyes. It really turned out so nice and I love the frame that I had put on it. I keep saying I need to take a photo of it to send to you. I will... soon!
Thank you again!
Betsy

 
My portrait has arrived safely and I am delighted with it. Thank you very much. He looks very proud and handsome. I have got it propped up at the moment and will get it framed in the New Year.
Thanks again
Micki
 
Hi Melanie,
The portrait arrived safely and it is just so beautiful. You really captured Jez perfectly.
Again, thank you so much for doing this. It is really going to make my mum's Christmas. And I will definitely send you some photographs for the website, don't worry about that.
Thank you once again.
Rachel x
 
Melanie-
I received Jack's portrait on Tuesday, it arrived safely and looks great. It is so wonderful, and I just can't wait until it gets opened on Christmas Day! I am currently having it framed and I will definitely try to send photos of the portrait framed. I am also planning on taking pictures of it being opened on
Christmas, I think the response will be priceless from everyone in the room! Thank you so, so much for the beautiful portrait, I can't express how much this means to me. I also have horses and dogs, as well as riding at a barn in which there are over 30 customers who all are animal lovers as well! I will recommend you to all of them and hopefully they will be in contact with you for future portraits. Melanie, thank you again for your beautiful work! Shaunnah
 
Dear Melanie
The portrait arrived this morning as promised. One word - WOW! Thank you so much for capturing Henri just perfectly. I'm off to find a framer who can compliment your work. We're over the moon with it and I for one can't wait to give it pride of place in our main sitting room. Many, many thanks.
Kind regards
Gayle
 
Hi Melanie,
I received the portrait of Tess on Monday, and I am very pleased! It’s beautiful!
I'm planning on giving it to Charlie (her Dad) tomorrow, I'm sure he will Love it.. I will ask him to take a picture when he frames it, and e-mail one to you Thanks so much!
Wishing you, and Nick Very Happy Holidays !!
 
Hello,Wow, that's brilliant! Even better than we'd hoped for. The mock-up was good, the initial stages were great, and this final result is just superb! You've captured Max to a tee, giving his portrait much more life than a photograph ever could. I'm sure some people who don't have a dog think getting a professional artist to create a portrait of them is crazy, but we think this is makes perfect sense. For all the intelligence dogs have, they just don't understand reminiscence and the need for humans to trigger memories and emotions, and therefore aren't a co-operative subject to a camera wielding owner! Having a portrait of this calibre commissioned captures Max perfectly, preserving him in his prime for us forever. Once again, Gail and I would just like to thank you for this piece of artwork, and for your accommodation to our suggestions and preferences.
Cheers, John and Gail (&Max!)
 
Dear Melanie, I dont think I will ever be able to explain how beautiful the portrait is or how you were able to capture our baby Hannah as we remember her. The precision of your work is absolutely amazing.� Through your patience and guidance, we now have a piece of Hannah that we can share with those whose lives she touched. We will always miss our dear Hannah but at least with your help we will never forget our loving, caring, strong baby girl. We continue to hold onto that very special place in our hearts she touched and where she will live forever. When given the portrait, my husband cried and expressed how grateful he was that I had found you. He cannot believe that you were able to create such a perfect depiction of Hannah. Thank you so much for allowing me to work with you. We promise to keep in touch and hope that you have a wonderful summer! Sincerely, Ginger
 
Dear Melanie.
Just a line to thank you for doing such a lovely portrait of our Norfolk Terrier, Bronte! It really is her, a not just a Norfolk Terrier. Well Done. I gather that there was a certain amount of toing and froing of photos! I was rather wondering about all the photographs Chris was taking of the dog. Will be sure to spread the word this end. Quite a doggie crowd round here! With best wishes and many thanks for us all.
Wiz Dundas
 
Melanie
Charlie has arrived safe and sound this morning. I am absolutely thrilled with him and I know my Mum will be. What a surprise it will be for her. I will take a picture and forward that to you.

Thanks again Melanie, I think your work is incredible and I looked at many artists before deciding that I would like you to paint Charlie. Just shows I made the right decision! Wishing you all the best
Karen & Charlie Everitt x
 
Hi Melanie
I have received the portrait today and it has arrived safely. I am absolutely amazed at the likeness and from a short distance it still looks likes a photo to me. I am not going to show Paul until Christmas Day as although he knows about it I still think he is going to be totally gobsmacked when he sees it. It would have been nice to have got it framed before Christmas but it can wait until after when the shops are not so busy. I will definitely take a photo of it when it has been framed and send it to you for your website. I am sure Paul will want to message you with his comments as well. I cannot thank you enough and hope you have a lovely Christmas and our best wishes for the New Year.
Regards Donna
 
Melanie, Our portrait arrived yesterday and it is stunning! You captured Cooper perfectly. I can't wait to give it a proper frame and send you a photo of it in it's final spot in our home.
Thank you so much for creating a very special gift for Steve.
I'll be in touch!
Whitney
 
Hi Melanie, my boss was very happy with his portrait, his daughter will love it!Thanks again Kristin.
 
Hi, Package has just arrived safe and sound.Thank you very much for a very well executed painting that has captured a perfect likeness of the cats Kind regards David Redwood

Dear Melanie
I am Vicky Redwood's mum and have just been given the wonderful portrait ofmy two cats. I just wanted to say a very big thank-you - it is absolutely wonderful and I am thrilled to bits with it.  You have managed to captureboth of them so well - amazing as we could not have given you two moredifferent subjects! It is sitting in pride of place above the mantelpiece where it willremain.Again, many, many thanks. You really are extremely talented. Kind Regards Rosemary Redwood

 

OOoooooooo my god, melanie!!! I got greedy and words can't describe how I feel about the painting--you captured his essence his being his soul--those eyes are his eyes and it makes me feel like he is with me watching over me and keeping me company again. I want to bring it to get framed in the am but I hate to give it up already!!!!!

I can't thank you enough and every person in my family who saw it raved over it too--everyone said "Now that is Greedy" they loved it. I can't thank you enough, it was worth every penny and more. I will keep in touch and let you know after its framed where I end up hanging it!!! And ill send you a picture of it!!!! Thanks so much again!!!!

 
Oh Mel!!!! It's absolutely brilliant just the way it is! I wouldn't change a thing; it's lovely. :o) The portrait is a gift for Wyatt's owners (I am just his breeder.) so I would very much like for you to mail it on directly to them. They will be expecting it. I forwarded the draft over to Jackie's eMail and she said it looks exactly like
him. :o)
Thank you SO very very much!
Fondly,
Sue
 
Hi Melanie,
The portraits have safely arrived and we are taking them into be framed this afternoon. We want to make sure that we get them framed so in the event another hurricane comes we can load them up in the car and take them with us.

The portraits are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! We can't possibly begin to thank you enough. They truly bring smiles to our faces. We will continue to tell family and friends about you and proudly display your artwork in our home.

Once they have been framed, we'll send you a picture so you can see the final product.

Thanks again,
Katherine & Shawn
 
Melanie,
I LOVE IT!!!! You have absolutely captured her – especially in the eyes. My husband is going to be THRILLED.
Best,
Linda J. Kessler

Hi Melanie,
I just got the portrait – it’s GORGEOUS! Thank you so much. I’ll send you a picture once it’s framed! You’re a genius!!
Best regards,
Linda J. Kessler

 

Hi Melanie!
The portrait is absolutely beautiful!
I don't think anything needs to be changed, and yes, you have captured Chloe's
character perfectly. Thanks so much!
Lydia

 
Melanie,

I received Toby’s portrait yesterday – it arrived in outstanding condition and he is beautiful! I’m knee-deep in packing for a trip to Hawaii tomorrow – I’ll write more when we return!

Thanks so much –Hugs,
Marianne

 
Oh Mel,
I absolutely LOVE it! Its perfect! Thank you so much.
Everybody I have showed the emailed final scan of the oil is blown away by it and how much like a photograph it is.
Never before have I seen such a wonderful oil painting. Even if it didn't mean so much to me I would be so amazed at the depth of the likeness and character you have captured. But its all the more special as its of my beloved girl.You have so done her proud! I never usually have a problem with articulating how I feel, but my goodness I am overwhelmed by these! Words fail me!!! Thank you so much. With much love and gratitude,
Rowena xxx
 
Hi Melanie,
Wow, this is fantastic! Now that we've seen this final scan we're absolutely delighted with it and think that the original decision was maybe the right one, and we would like to go with this portrait. It's just Islay to a tea and the colourings and spots on her nose are incredibly like-like! We can't wait to see it now, and hopefully you will get this e-mail before you go to the post office tomorrow. I'll let you know when it arrives safely!
Many thanks.
Regards,
Jennifer Bone
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Hi Melanie,
Just to let you know the portrait arrived safe and sound this morning and is already hanging up in our lounge next to Homer! It's absolutely gorgeous and we are thrilled to bits with it. She looks very regal and the spots on her nose, and the detail around her mouth are absolutely perfect, and just capture her look.
We'll try and get them both to sit long enough next to their portraits and send you some photos!
Many thanks again for all your help and advice as always.
Best Wishes
Jennifer

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Hi Melanie,
Yes, we are absolutely delighted with it, and the more we look at it up on the lounge wall the more we love it ... I can't get away with the detail of the spots on her nose, and you've made her straggly ears look fantastic!! The room just looks complete now with both their portraits, there was a space in the wall which has just been filled perfectly! By the way, I was having a read of your website last night, it's really interesting ... and Jenny looks gorgeous!!
We'll be in touch with some photos of "the family" soon!
Many thanks.
Regards,
Jennifer Bone

 
Hi Melanie,
I've been meaning to email you, but have been jammed with work lately. We received the portrait of our Labrador and could not be happier with the result! You have truly captured Bridger's beauty and character with your artistic ability! Because of you, we truly have an everlasting portrayal of her! Thank you again for all your hard work..........We
will most defiantly recommend you!!!!!

Thanks again
Jeff Berends

 

Hi Melanie,
The portrait arrived this morning!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We had planned on leaving Missouri this afternoon so I had been calling the post office every morning for the past 3 mornings to see if the package had arrived. When I called this morning, the post master said the package had arrived so we swung by, picked it up and started heading home to Texas. We will get together with Patti & Bill in the next couple of weeks to give them the portrait. I'll let you know how it goes when we meet with them. We can't thank you enough for all that you have done for our friends who have also lost their loved one. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again, Katherine

 
Hi Melanie
The portraits arrived yesterday and they are gorgrous!! Thanks so much - and thank Nick, too. We're really very happy with them.  When I get them framed, I'll send you a photo, if you are interested.  And I'll pass along your flyers to my vet friend.
It's been great working with you.
Liz.

(Liz had a portrait from both Nick and myself, Nick painted their cat and I painted their dog)

 
Melanie,
You have such talent! Your eye for detail, color and depth is a gift from God. I have forward all the pictures to my mother and she cries every time she sees them. It is like Gipper is sitting in the room with us. Thanks for helping me in the grieving process and providing my a piece that will help me remember her for a lifetime! I can't wait to "get her home." Thank you so much for your hard work on this. Iris
Melanie, Gipper arrived today in the mail. I prepared myself as I opened it too cry, because I miss her so much. I did indeed cry not only because I miss her; but, because you did such an amazing job! I know you are told over and over you capture the pet and their personality so well, that's because you do! She looks so real...I wanted to pet her. You have a God given talent and you are able to bless so many people by providing them with memories of the little angles that have touched their lives. I really miss going to sleep with her by my bed....I can once again have her with me. Thank you for helping me remember Gipper! God Bless and have a Merry Christmas~Iris
 
Melanie
We were thrilled to see the scan
It is wonderful thank you & very much look forward to hanging it to have pride of place at home
Many thanks again & v. much looking forward to receiving the picture
Best regards
John
 
Hi Melanie
Mr.& Mrs. Sugiura just called us to tell us that painting was delivered to them today (May 18th) safely. They are far more than very happy with your work. Yoshie Sugiura told me that she was so moved by the beauty of the painting that she shed tears of joy. Jun and I thank you on their behalf for a splendid work you have done! They are inviting us to view the painting they now treasure, and we very much look forward to that.Thank you very much and best regards Jun and kyoko

Dear Melanie
Its beautiful , really beautiful , thank you so much.\(^o^)/ We are extremely pleased with them. Thank you again. (^_^)/~~~~ Yoshie sugiura.

 
Hi there Melanie, I know you must be wondering if we received and opened the piece you did for us. It came, safe and sound, but had remained unopened on the dining room table. Barney's absence from this house and my life remains tender and raw. Knowing his image, rolled in bubble wrap and safe for the time being, waiting for me to reveal it took more "intention" that I was prepared to muster. A few days ago, with a bottle of very good champaign for emotional lubricant, we unwrapped our boy. Barney was home.

His eyes so clear, nose wet and tongue black spotted. I could even smell him. We cried buckets and buckets. Absolutely wonderful, we couldn't be more pleased. Thank you for being so kind and patient in allowing us to take our own pace with Barney's portrait. We have a place ready for him in the dining room and the background colors in Barney's portrait work perfect. Thanks ever so much,
Michael,(Barney's dad and Harmony's husband)

 
Hi Mel,
Thank you. Izzy's portrait is astonishing. More than we could ever have hoped for. You have done a brilliant job of capturing her - it is a true likeness. The expression on her face and the look in her eye is Izzy as I remember her most - kind, loving, alert. A beautiful reminder of a lovely friend. Thank you once again. Will be in touch in the future for an Ozzy portrait.
Jane x
 
Melanie, The portrait arrived this morning which Kev opened at lunch time, gobsmacked to say the least.  He had no idea what I was upto and was truly shocked at the likeness of the picture to Tia.  He sat through lunch just staring at it taking it all in, think he was more impressed that the artist was in Wales.  Now I will just have to wait and see if he has remembered a pressie for me!!!!! Thank you so much again, Lyndsay
 
Hi Melanie
Have just received my painting, It is so like the photo, you have captured them just right, I love it. Thank you so much Love and best wishes, Anna x

Hi Melanie,
I saw the portrait you painted for mum at the weekend, it is absolutely beautiful, and the picture is so lifelike that the cats themselves have had to give it a second look! Mum is so pleased, she can’t stop talking about it and can’t wait until it is framed and up on the wall. Thank you so much, the picture surpasses all of our expectations and will continue to give mum lots of pleasure in the years to come. Many thanks Linda

 
Melanie ~ Just wanted to let you know that we got the painting placed, for now, on our mantle in our living room and I'm in total awe! I knew I loved it just from the pictures of it on your website, but actually seeing it in person... it's just amazing! Their eyes sparkle, especially Nikki's. We'd swear we could just reach out and touch Nikki... she and Scruffy look so vibrant. My husband and I are just thrilled with it!
Cheers,
Bonnie
 
Hello Melanie.
When I arrived home today my portraits were waiting for me. The portraits arrived safely. Unbelievable! I felt the mock-ups and final scans you sent me were great, but to have the actual original artwork, and to see all the details up close and personal, is truly amazing. I can't wait to go out and look for the perfect frame to accent your wonderful artwork. Thank you so, so much. I am really happy with the final product, and will enjoy their presence in my home for years to come.
Best Wishes.
Carrie
 
Hi Melanie,
It looks terrific!  Maria and I really like it.  There's nothing we would change in it.  We're looking forward to receiving the original artwork and hanging it on our wall.
Joe
 
Dear Melanie,
Abigail has just arrived. We lost her just over 8 months ago and to be honest, I have had great difficulty in coming to terms with this, as I am sure you understand.
The portrait you have done for me is totally incredible and almost beyond words. I feel that she has found a way of coming back to keep an eye over us. I never really appreciated how moving a painting of a loved one can be - I have no idea how you have managed to capture her not only in looks, but also in character and spirit. We are so lucky to have found you and your talent. I am having difficulty moving away from the picture at the moment to get on with my day! I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me. I don't know if Pete mentioned.....we have two more bunnies......!
Thank you so much, warmest wishes, Juliet Long
 

Melanie,
Just wanted to let you know the portrait of Anna arrived safely. I couldn't be more pleased with it, she looks so real!

Cheers,Glenn

 
Dear Melanie,
Your portraits and Patch and Sandy arrived today and I can't thank you enough. It is really beautiful and I know that Alan will treasure it very much. I don't know how you do it but did you realise that Patch's eyes follow you when you move about the room and its almost as if his face turns too? I was thinking about a mahogany frame, as Alan's furniture is all mahogany, but if you have any better suggestions please advise me. Once again, thank you so very much. Regards,
Ruth MacLennan
Oh my god hes beautiful thank you XX Debbie
 
Hi Melanie
Just to let you know that my husband really liked his picture and thought it was a true likeness. He thought at first it was a boxer picture that happened to look very like Brodie and then he realised it was him but couldn't understand how we'd managed to get an oil picture of him done. We just have to sort out getting it framed now.�Thanks again. Andrea
 
Dear Melanie : Thank you so much for this beautify painting for Carlli, I am so happy with it, and I just show off to all my co-worker, everyone said that is a very fantastic painting, you are excellent, I am really appreciate you, I will share with my boy friend and Carlli tonight, I think Carlli will be very very happy, this is his first painting. Thanking so much make he so special. I am looking forward for the next painting. Thank you very much! Best Regard, Caroline
 
Hi Mel,What can I say................it is absolutely perfect in every way, you have certainly managed to capture the true characters of each and every one of our dogs, the picture just defies belief, you are truly a very talented person and I am so glad that I 'found' you - this will be the best present ever and one which I will never be able to match in the future.Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, its wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait now to see it for real. Dawn xx
 
Hi Melanie,
I received the portrait of Tess on Monday, and I am very pleased! It’s beautiful!
I'm planning on giving it to Charlie (her Dad) tomorrow, I'm sure he will Love it.. I will ask him to take a picture when he frames it, and e-mail one to youThanks so much!
Wishing you, and Nick Very Happy Holidays !!
 
Melanie-
I received Jack's portrait on Tuesday, it arrived safely and looks great. It is so wonderful, and I just can't wait until it gets opened on Christmas Day! I am currently having it framed and I will definitely try to send photos of the portrait framed. I am also planning on taking pictures of it being opened on
Christmas, I think the response will be priceless from everyone in the room! Thank you so, so much for the beautiful portrait, I can't express how much this means to me. I also have horses and dogs, as well as riding at a barn in which there are over 30 customers who all are animal lovers as well! I will recommend you to all of them and hopefully they will be in contact with you for future portraits. Melanie, thank you again for your beautiful work! Shaunnah
 
Hi Melanie,
The portrait arrived safely and it is just so beautiful. You really captured Jez perfectly.
Again, thank you so much for doing this. It is really going to make my mum's Christmas. And I will definitely send you some photographs for the website, don't worry about that.
Thank you once again.
Rachel x
 
My portrait has arrived safely and I am delighted with it. Thank you very much. He looks very proud and handsome. I have got it propped up at the moment and will get it framed in the New Year.
Thanks again
Micki
 
Dear Melanie,
The portrait has arrived!I cannot adequately express my appreciation.I feel as though my sweet boy, Maximilian, is now here both in body and spirit.The resemblance is striking, the workmanship outstanding! You have captured his essence, heart, and character perfectly. I am forever indebted to you for giving me the opportunity to keep him forever close.We all still miss him terribly. I hope to put the portrait on his website with both (due) credit and links as well as soon as possible. I’ll be in touch soon when thats accomplished. I hope we can work together again soon for (maybe?) another portrait and some website hook-ups.Right now, I am just too overwhelmed..Thanks Again and Kindest Regards,Carol Di Bari
 
Hi Melanie,
Just thought I would let you know that I've received the portrait!! It is awesome. It's so awesome in fact that one of my other dogs Tulsa, saw the portrait up against the wall and growled at it, like it was real!!! So not only do I think you totally captured Ally, but so do other dogs! Ally & I just love it! I will be sure to send you a picture once it's framed and I look forward to order more portraits in the future!!
Shalah & Ally Instance
 
OH MY GOD, IT IS SOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL. I CAN'T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW EXCITED I AM. AND YES, KEEPING IT A SECRET IS GOING TO TAKE ALL MY EFFORT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING!!!!!!!, MICHELLE" HI MELANIE, I ALMOST FORGOT TO EMAIL YOU-BEEN SO BUSY AT WORK THIS AM. WELL JOHN'S BIRTHDAY WAS LAST NIGHT AND I FINALLY GOT TO GIVE HIM THE PAINTING. HE COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. HE WAS THRILLED. COULDN'T BELIEVE IT CAME ALL THE WAY FROM ENGLAND. HE SAID TO TELL YOU HOW REMARKABLE YOU ARE AND I AGREE. THANKS ONCE AGAIN, MICHELLE
 
Hi Melanie,
I jokingly said to my father and step mother, that for my 21st birthday I would really like a portrait of my very first legally owned pet dog. My mother owns dogs and I still live with her along with Jaffaman (My Springer). Yet there is nothing quite like your own dog, the dog that you train and see bloom from a naughty scared puppy to a loving family dog. My Jaffaman was brought as an 8 week old puppy, he was very under socialised and needed a lot of work to help him feel confident and secure within his new home. I work with dogs within my job at the Blue Cross Adoption centre in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Over this three nearly four year period of being in my job I have worked with many breeds of dogs, but you can't beat a Springer Spaniel.This portrait of Jaffaman is extremely life-like, Melanie Phillips has captured Jaffaman perfectly. I wake up every morning and see my picture on the wall and feel so pleased and proud of my present which I can cherish forever.

A photograph is not as good as this picture, this is something I can keep on show forever. I have looked at other works by Melanie Phillips and all her dog portraits are very life-like and true not only to the breed but I am sure that as my Jaffaman looks so good that they are true to the original living dogs that she is painting. 

Melanie Phillips is a very talented artist and I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to immortalise their pet. I cried when I got my portrait, I was just so amazed at how an artist could capture Jaffamans attitude and features from a few simple photographs. This is a 21st I can keep for a life-time, and a dedication to all my hard work that have put into Jaffaman to help him become the Ja ffaman he is today. Wendy Heather

 
WOW!!  THE PICTURE IS JUST SUBURB!  What a beautiful painting Mel - you've really captured them both perfectly - I am totally blown away by it!  I wouldn't want to make any changes to it all thanks - it's wonderful! I've shown Stephen and he is really really happy with it - he said "When can we get it!?!" My father's got 3 Bichon Frisees (spelling?!) - I noticed you've painted one of these before and she looked gorgeous so I'm sure he'd love to have a painting of them...his new addition is a Doberman!! Quite an odd group they look going out for a walk!! I can't tell you how pleased I am with this...thanks so very much, Love Alexia  xx
 
Hi Melanie - well he arrived today I'm just speechless. He is beyond stunning. Just brilliant! There is not one thing I could alter. And I'm so glad I went up on the size as he is literally life size which I didn't realize he would be. It's like he's just sitting in the room with me. He's just beautiful Melanie - as beautiful as he was in real life - I could not be happier!! I'm a big sap and of course cried, but they are happy tears. I'm just so thrilled to be able to have this wonderful memory of him to carry with me always. He was such a special boy - there is not a day that goes by I don't think about him - so to have this to see everyday is just wonderful. It's just so very special.

I can't thank you enough of course!!!! :) so THANK YOU!!!
Kelly
 
Hello Melanie,
We received the portrait yesterday. It looks amazing! We are so pleased with your work. We will send you a picture once we find the perfect frame for it. Thank you again. Take care.

Sally Ward & Becky VanDonslear
 
Dear Melanie and Nick,
The portrait has arrived safe and sound and is absolutely beautiful- the colours are so rich and it is just like Sherry!! Thanks so much for getting it to us today, on the 21st! It was a great thrill to receive it.

Our present to Jess was the purchase of Sherry, whom she has had on lone for ages now and intended buying when she finished varsity and was working. She is over the moon now and it makes the portrait even more important! We feel really happy with the picture and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you- Jess has already been showing the copy to her friends at the stables!

Kindest regards,
Keith, Lyn and Jess
 
Hi Melanie,
That looks great, you have captured him well.
Thanks

Paul

 
Hi Nick
I think my sister has beaten me to it to let you know what she thinks about your painting. I think she quite likes it!!! It was priceless to see her face when she opened it up - the surprise, wonder and emotion. She thought Nick's artwork was absolutely incredible - the light, the texture, the way he captured their little wet noses! The likeness and detail to the photos is totally remarkable.

I was particularly pleased that my sister was thrilled with Minnie's portrait (the black cat on the left). Minnie is my Sue's shadow, a complete "mummy's girl". She's not a healthy cat and in most photos she looks a bit bat-like, so that this has come out so well is worth more than its weight in gold.

And the frame - absolute perfection!!! Sue's husband thought that I had taken a frame from one of their mirrors! It works to perfection - love your framer, please do pass on my huge thanks and complements for a fantastic selection. Thanks again to both - it's been a pleasure!! Sharon x
 
Ffion absolutely loved the portrait! I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but Meg had passed away fairly recently. Ffion and the rest of her family thought it was a lovely present and a fantastic likeness. Indeed, everyone was very surprised by the attention to detail of the work e.g. the collar and the tag and all the little colours on Meg's paws!

Enjoy your holiday... you both certainly deserve it! Thanks again for everything. If you're still in the business, I'm sure I'll be contacting you somewhere down the line to request another of your brilliant portraits... maybe a horse or cat next time! Take care! Gwynfryn

 
Hi Nick,
Just to let you know the portrait arrived on Thursday but I have waited till today to give Dad his present as the whole family was here. We all think it is fabulous and we had a laugh when he realized he'd signed for his own present! Dad is thrilled with it. Thank you Nick for all your hard work and to you as well Melanie for all your help.
Best Wishes.
Linda.
 
Brenda loves IT! We're looking into where we can get it framed. Just as soon as it is framed will send a jpg pic.....thanks again and will be in touch....jerry
 
Hi Nick,

Just to let you know the portrait arrived safely today. It was my mum's birthday today so perfect timing! She was absolutely thrilled, it really is beautiful, thankyou so much! She is going to get it framed and then send you a picture.

Thankyou for helping me give her such a special birthday, it really means a lot.
Erin xx
 

Hi Nick,

We cant belive the portait, its superb and our daughter will love it.
Best regards

Carol and Peter

 
Hi Melanie
Finally, we have the lovely portrait of our beloved pet, Maybelline, you so conscientiously painted, framed and on the wall. We are thrilled with the final out-come and marvel at the likeliness to her real feline being. Our friends have also commented on the realness of the portrait and the quality of the workmanship.
Thanks for the commitment to excellence.
Warm Regards.
Jack & Judy Cory
Las Vegas, Nevada
 
Hello Nick, We have at last had the fabulous portrait of our Lizzie framed and have attached a photo for you to see. The framer was brilliant, very experienced in pastel work. After looking through 15 frames and 20 boards I felt this the best combination for both complimenting the lovely colours of her as well as the velour.

I am absolutely delighted with the portrait. She now hangs next to our french doors in a corner not open to direct sunlight or near a radiator and it is aboe a corner where she would sit and watch the world go by. Everyone who sees it are breth-taken by the detail and beauty.

I cannot thank you enough for the delight you have brought in bringing her 'alive' to keep a watch over all we do. John swears she is frowning at him as she used to! Best wishes,
Lindsay & John Godsell
 
Hi Melanie,
Gail's mum has recently moved, and now that her new home is fit for decoration, she has put Sam's portrait at the focal point of her living room. The picture is a bit grainy but the frame is a graphite coloured wood, with light and dark border to accentuate the pencil lines.

Jean is just thrilled with her piece of artwork! She was really pleased when we presented her with it on her birthday last year, and knowing she would be moving she kept it safe before framing and hanging it. Now she admires it every day, laughing to think Sam was once that small!

Hope all is well with you and yours.
Best regards,
John Maclean
 
Just to let you know that Bracken arrived Friday afternoon and was admired by everyone in the office.She looks even better in the flesh. I will definitely send you picture after she is framed.
Thanks ever so much, Gill

Just had the picture back from the framers and had your lovely painting framed in a walnut frame which works beautifully with the colouring. She is now all wrapped ready for Christmas!
I will send you one other from a different viewpoint.

Gill x
 
Hey you two,
Our picture of Herby is up on the wall and has been for a while. I’ve taken some pics, but with the flash and all, I’m not sure they really show how fantastic it looks. People have commented on the ‘photo of Herby’ and it’s not until they climb on the sofa and check that it becomes apparent that it’s actually a fantastic pastel painting.

We are all very pleased with the final picture, although of course it also sometimes makes the kids feel a bit sad.

We would all like to thank you both for providing us with our Herby picture, we all look at it every day.

Kindest regard,

Mike Cork.

 

Hi Nick,
Wow, the portrait looks great!  Thank you so much!
Fei

Nick,
I promised you I would take a picture of the framed pastel, and here it is. Thank you again for the wonderful picture!
Fei

 
Hello!
Ted and Kate were totally stunned & speechless with it and had no idea, which was great, he hung it up straight away (which means he reeeeaallly likes it) in the main part of the house so I can see it every time I go up there :-))) Everyone who's seen it has loved it.

I printed out the almost finished scan and went with my best friend to play around with matt colours and frames before it got here, so the matt colours are oyster and a reddish brown, the frame is a very dark brown with red tones to it, even the chick at the framing place commented on how gorgeous it looked. Thanks so much, it's just brilliant!
Mel.
 

That's perfect, its Jasper to a T. Thank you.

I have received today, thank you it is better in real life than in the email, i will get it framed and send you a photo. Thank you very much this is really apprieciated.
Best Regards
Helen

Here are couple of photo's of the framed portrait. The lady you framed this was very taken with this and may be in touch for a portrait of a horse. Thanks a lot
Helen

 

Hi Nick, Just received back from the framers the picture of Oscar. I am sending you a couple of pics I would like to thank you again, everybody who sees it agrees its a perfect copy of just how they remember him. Regards Mike x

 
Hi,
Just a note to say molly's portrait arrived safely - it is beautiful and I am sure Neil will love it!
Thank you very much.
Best wishes and have a great Xmas
Alison
 
Dear Nick,
It is awesome, thank you so much! Nick has caught Comet's essence perfectly which was the most important thing for me. I was quite moved to tears when I saw it. Thank you again, this is the best Christmas present. I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and all good wishes for the new year.

Dear Nick
The portrait arrived safely and we had the unveiling at mum's house. All agreed it was fantastic. Thank you again! Take care Tina
 

Hi Nick,

Received my portrait today – it’s absolutely lovely. Thank you so much. You will come highly recommended!

Rachel

 
Hello Nick,
The portrait is beautiful - looking at it brought a few tears - you have
captured them so well - the frame is a perfect choice. As soon as I put the portrait on the wall, Blitz (Whisky's brother) jumped on the back of the settee to have a look and put up his paw.

Thank you very much - it brings back lovely memories of the ones I have lost. Speak to you soon.
Sandra

 
Dear Nick and Melanie,
I just wanted to thankyou both so much for the fantastic portrait of Dimple you did for me. I can't begin to express how amazing it is to be able to see her face every morning when i look at the picture! It's the most incredible likeness- and i just can't help but stare at it for ages as i think how beautiful she looks!
It means the world to me and i'll treasure it for ever,
thanks again
Ellie xxx
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