Welcome to our horse portraits gallery, we create portraits of horses in both pencil and oils. Nicholas specialises in the horse paintings in oils and I, Melanie, specialise in horse pet portrait drawings in graphite pencil. Horses are one of our favourite animals to portray, not only for their majestic qualities, we also enjoy the challenge of creating the muscle structure and form of the horse.
James Greenwell emailed in 2017 to enquire if we would be able to complete a portrait for his wife Serena. it was to be a complete surprise and sent over a number of photos of Inca for us to review. One photo stood out to use as being perfect for the portrait and Nicholas used this as the basis for the painting. We always use one main photo for the pose of the oil paintings and others for finer detail and colouring if needed. The portrait was painted at 14 x 11 size which is the smallest size we create for our portraits in oil. It was perfect for Inca and you can see how delicately Nicholas has painted the portrait of Inca in the photos below. We framed the painting too in the most exquisite frame called Hampstead and if you head on over to our framing page you can also see video of Incas painting too!
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Serena has just unwrapped the picture of Inca and is delighted with it. Thank you and Nicholas very, very much. It was very well wrapped up, which is ideal to ensure no damage in transit. Serena now says we must get you to do a painting of our daughter Davina’s horse (Dirk). Maybe one with horse AND rider – so watch this space.
Many thanks again.
Pauline (UK) emailed in 2017 to enquire about commising a 16 x 12 pencil portrait of her nieces horse. The comisison was to be a surprise Christmas present she was arranging with her sister Maureen. Pauline emailed some wonderful photos of Cherokee which were perfect for a pencil drawing. Pauline asked if our local framer could frame Cherokee too which we did using the beautiful Madison frame. Pauline and her sister were thrilled with the drawing and sent photos and emails when Caroline received the portrait at Christmas. It was a wonderful surprise and Caroline was delighted as you can see!
Caroline was thrilled with the portrait of Cherokee and said it would be greatly cherished. All the family think your portrait is beautiful ! The photo is of Maureen (L) our niece Caroline and me Pauline. (see photo below)
A very Happy New Year to you Nicholas and Lily.
He has arrived !!! Cherry is brilliant !! The frame is a triumph and goes beautifully with the portrait it is propped up in my bedroom at the moment and my sister and I are so delighted with your work. Maureen my sister and I will give it jointly to Caroline. I will ensure you get the photos.
Nicholas painted the 16 x 12 oil portrait of Radley as a surprise gift for his wife. Sadly her horse Radley was put to sleep in 2017 and she was devastated. You can read the testimonial from Mandy below, which explains a little more about how special Radley was. Richard commissioned us to not only paint Radley but to frame the portrait with the beautiful Highgate frame along with an engraved plaque too. You can see more about our frames and plaques on our Pet Portraits Framing page. Richard had a few photos of Radley and we used a photo of Radley for the main pose along with one for the background which placed him in the scene Mandy would recognise. A truly personal painting.
Dear Melanie & Nicholas,
I just wanted to write and thank you both for bringing my beautiful horse Radley back to life again for me.
I opened the gift from Richie yesterday and was over-whelmed with emotion. Nicholas captured Radley's character in a way I didn't think was possible in a painting.
Radley was a horse I had longed for and searched for since I was a little girl and finding him was a dream come true, so when I had to say goodbye to him in March this year it was one of the hardest moments of my life. His memory will forever be etched in my mind but now I get to look at him every day and see the gentleman amongst horses that he was.
Thank you. Through your incredible talent Richie has given me a gift that I can cherish forever and something that will remain priceless to us both.
With kind regards and best wishes to you both.
Clive and Jo bred two lovely horses however were taking two years work abroad and so sadly had to move and sell them. Clive is a Parish Priest and his parishioners decided to purchase the painting for Jo and Clive as a leaving present. Clive and Jo loved our oil paintings and opted to have a 16 x 12 inches portrait on a plain background. The portrait came out beautifully and is one of our favourite horse portraits to date. Nicholas has painted them beautifully.
Hi Guys We are delighted they look amazing. Well done to Nicholas! Thank you. Clive and Jo Fairclough
Richard enquired about having a horse pencil drawing of his wife horse Jasper who sadly had to be put to sleep. Richard said..."He was very much a character, I am thinking of a main head portrait then four smaller pictures around the edge, in time for our anniversary in June." Richard emailed some lovely photos of Jasper which worked perfectly for one of my pet portraits pencil montage drawings. Richard and myself arranged that our framer would frame the portrait and he chose the SP Aged frame which is really lovely, one of my favourites. Laura emailed me when she received the portrait and also sent me a photo of the portrait displayed in their home which you can see below.
Hi Melanie, Rich surprised me with my portrait of Jasper today. It's absolutely amazing!! I love it!! I had Jasper for over 15 years and knew every marking and hair like the back of my hand and you've captured them all perfectly, thank you so much. It's wonderful! We will send you a photo once it's hung. Thanks again, Laura x
Una is a returning client and has commissioned a number of portraits from us, including this beautiful horse portrait of Chico. Una had some lovely photos taken of her with her horse and dog in a woodland setting and this close up head shot of Chico cried out to be painted. The dark background allowed Chico's white colouring to really zing from the canvas. We had our framer frame the painting too and Una and her family were thrilled as you can read below.
Hi Nicholas and Melanie, We LOVE it. Chico looks great - just like Chico. Can't wait to see it when it arrives. Una x
Lady Carole Bamford commissioned me to draw a portrait of Siyouni, one of the Aga Khan's stud horses as a present for his birthday. This was the third commission from Lady Bamford and I was thrilled to be creating a portrait for her again, especially for the Aga Khan. I have added a final stage of the stallion Siyouni along with some photos of the portrait with my pencils to show scale. The portrait was a 12 x 10 pencil drawing and Emma, Lady Carole Bamford's personal assistant emailed to let us know it had arrived to them safely.
Yes, portrait arrived safe and well. Thank you. Excellent. I am sure Lady B will love it. Thanks very much, Best wishes Emma (Personal Assistant to Lady Carole Bamford)
Cool Clover - AKA Cheeky, was commissioned by Marion for her daughter Amelia as a surprise Christmas present. It was initially going to be a surprise birthday gift, however there wasn’t quite enough time to meet Marion's required deadline so it was moved to a Christmas surprise instead. Marion requested a 20 x 16 oil painting and her daughter Amelia was thrilled with the final painting as you can read from Marion's emails below.
Dear Melanie and Nicholas, The painting of Cheeky looks terrific - I can't wait to see it in the flesh! If you are going to feature the painting on your website - and it looks so lovely you should! - Cheeky's proper name is Cool Clover. Many thanks, Marion
Dear Melanie and Nicholas, The portrait arrived in good order and is terrific. Amelia unwrapped it on Christmas morning – even though it was intended for her birthday last year, it was lovely to get it in time for Christmas!The painting has captured the horse’s character, and will be a lasting treasure. Thanks to both you and Nick for doing such a sensitive job, in showing Cheeky as he really is, and for putting him in such an appropriate setting and frame. With best wishes for a happy New Year!Marion, Jon & family
The key in creating a good horse painting or drawing are the horse photos that we work from. We rarely get to meet the horses we portray so we reply on our customers to take, or have someone take photos for us to work from. One of the main questions we are asked is - can you remove the tack form our photo. In general we are unable to do this, however we can often remove head collars. Why not pop over to our dedicated horse site and take a look at our Photography Tips page »
William Archer commissioned a 24 x 18 pencil portrait as a surprise present for his wife on their wedding day. I was thrilled to be part of the celebrations by creating a portrait for them both to treasure and remember for the rest of their lives. Annabel's horse Locksie was to be the main focus of the portrait however William was keep to have Annabel's dogs and cat in the portrait too. So a montage pencil drawing was the perfect option. The pencil portrait was framed with our local framer and you can see the results below. William was delighted and I wish them a long and happy life together!
I absolutely love it and I’m sure Annabel will to!! Thank you very much it’s better than I imagined it to be. Thank you for sorting that all out so quickly!
Thanks again, Will
Val rang our studio to find out if Nicholas would be able to create a surprise portrait in time for her granddaughter, Elizabeth's 21st birthday, of her horse Gypsy. Val enlisted the help of her daughter-in-law to take photos of Gypsy using their iPad in the field when Elizabeth wasn't home, to keep everything a surprise. Val also asked if we would be able to frame the painting so that it was all ready for her granddaughter to unwrap on the big day. The portrait was traditionally hand painted by Nicholas at 18 x 14 size and framed. I have added the final stage along with photos of Nicholas painting with his pallet along with a photo of the painting framed and also being packed ready to send.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The portrait arrived safely on Saturday morning. Elizabeth was delighted and wants to hang the picture in her bedroom much to her Mothers disappointment, who wants it in the sitting room! I will send a photograph when it is in place. It is a hectic week tidying up garden and driveway ready for the party Saturday night. I have been over with some baking today, just to keep them going. Tomorrow it's flowers.
Thanks to you both, Nicholas had a very busy time to meet the deadline. please thank him very much.
Best Wishes, Val
Taking photos of horses actual inside the stables doesn’t seem to work as well as the isn’t any natural lighting as such. Our advice for taking photos of horses would be try to take the horse outside in a yard or field and take as many photos as you possibly can. Do the photo shoot over the course of a few days and you will find that out of the many photos you take, you will come up with a handful that will be suitable.
Carrie (Australia) emailed to ask if I would be able to draw 'High Rail the Favorite', her sisters horse, as a very special birthday present. Carrie emailed a number of photos, with one photo she particularly liked which captured their horse well. This was great for me as the photo was stunning and full of light. As Favorite was mainly a white horse and the light was catching the back of his head, I used the mottled shaded background to allow Favoruite to stand out from the white of the paper. The portrait was 14 x 11 inches and Carrie chose to have the drawing framed with our local framer in our very popular Windsor Wash frame, along with a silver plaque.
OMG it looks stunning!! Tarryn is going to love this so much! I can't believe how well it has turned out with the framing, it is so beautiful. I really can't wait to show her. Thank you so much Melanie this is the best birthday gift ever :) Thank you and speak soon, Carrie
The sizes of our horse portraits do start at 10" x 8" however we have found for portraits of horses, if your budget allows, it would be preferable to start at the 14" x 11" size. If you have a bespoke size that you would like us to work to, please do email us your ideas and requirements at any time.
Sue Griffith, enquired about having a painting of her daughters horse called George. He is a huge part of their lives and at aged 19 they wanted to have an oil painting of him before he greyed any further. The painting of George was created at 20 x 16 size and they were both delighted with the finished result as you can read below.
Wow, it's AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much, the likeness is absolutely staggering. Nick has captured George to a tee and we can't wait to see the original, but know we shall always treasure it. We simply cannot thank you enough and find it hard to find the words to tell you just how delighted we are.
Jane and Mark wanted to commission a montage drawing of their daughters horse Casanova for her 16th birthday. Casanova is a huge part of Olivia's life. Jane often takes Olivia around the UK for show jumping competitions and events. They had already chosen the 5 photos they wanted me to work from for the pencil montage. They were great quality and they sent them to me via Dropbox, which is a super way of sending us photos. Jane and myself chatted on the telephone about the photos for the portrait. One of the photos that holds the best memory for them all was the top right photo of Olivia with Casanova when she met him for the very first time. Mark and Jane chose to have the portrait framed in our honey knots frame with a silver engraved plaque set inside the double mount. Olivia was thrilled with the portrait and posted a testimonial on our Facebook page. She also very kindly posed for a photo with the portrait which you can see below.
Hi Melanie, It looks great, Olivia will love it! Cant wait to get it now. Jane x
If you have enjoyed viewing our horse portraits in pencil and oil and would like to view more paintings and drawings, why not head over to our dedicated Horse Portraits Website. You can view our prices and read info, lots of videos and photos of our portraits in the up close in detail gallery. We have lots of testimonials from clients too. Horse Pet Portraits »
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