about pet portraits artists melanie and nicholas
My name is Nicholas Beall and I a professional portrait artist. I am lucky to have made my living from painting since leaving art college 22 years ago. I studied at both Falmouth and Bournemouth Art Colleges. I met Melanie at Bournemouth, we were studying on the same art course and we now both live and work in west Wales as Red Kite Studios.
Initially on leaving art college I worked for illustration art agencies as a freelance illustrator. Gradually though, Melanie and I moved into the commission only side of work. We now live in rural Wales surrounded by amazing countryside and stunning views.
Me birdwatching in North Wales, watching Cuckoo's in 2015.
I work full time as a professional pet portrait artists along with Melanie and our little dog Lily in our custom made art studio at the bottom of our woodland garden. We are surrounded by trees in the peaceful Welsh countryside. We have designed the perfect environment, its warm, dry and light all year round which is the perfect setting to be creative in.
As a child I always had a pencil in my hand and it was obvious from an early age that I was destined to have a career in art. Below are two of my early watercolour paintings. The painting on the left is of Polperro harbour where my family are from. The study on the right is a local beauty spot near my family home in Cornwall called Respryn.
Two Cornish watercolours painted when I was around 16 or 17 years old.
Nowadays if I haven't got a pencil or paintbrush in my hand, I am probably holding a guitar. Guitars are my other passion, I own "a few" and play whenever I can.
Here is me with my two custom made Stratocasters by the luthier Jeff Beer at Zero One Guitars. My guitars around my work area on the right.
Drawing and painting is what I do, it's all I have ever wanted to do. If you would like me to paint a portrait for you, please get in contact.
Myself on the left and client Michael Gould collecting his painting from our old studio.