fine art pet portraits by commission

Pet Portraits in oils by Nicholas Beall

Welcome to Nicholas' pet portraits in oils gallery of dogs, cat and horses by Nicholas Beall. The traditionally painted pet portraits in oils depict just a handful of paintings Nicholas has created for clients in the last 25 years. His pet portraits are painted using traditional oils stretched linen canvas. He paints oil pet portraits full time for a living in our dedicated Pet Portraits Studio and loves every minute painting. We would love to hear from you, email or WhatsApp us at anytime to chat about your requirements.


Beth commissioned Nicholas to paint an oil portrait of Wallace for her daughters wedding in New York. The portrait was a 12 x 10 oil painting framed in our Regent frame too. Wallace was so well recieved, it was the perfect gift! You can see a photo of Catlin and Ryan and a lovely email from Beth below too.

Hi Melanie, hope you are well. The portrait of Wallace was an immense hit! The pictures are not that great but as you can see from Caitlin's face she was shocked and thrilled! I was so proud of my girl that they waited until we got there to open the package! Wallace is now hanging in the living room in a place of honor. The Wedding went perfectly, the guests all had a great time and the weather in New York was outstanding. I could not have asked for a better time.
Again, many thanks!
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Returning client Debbie White (UK) commissioned a portrait of their beautiful Jack Russell Toby as a surprise gift for her husband. Debbie wanted the portrait of Toby to be full body with background similar to a previous painting Nicholas created. We love the peaceful setting and the photo Debbie supplied us was superb. The portrait was a 14 x 11 oil painting on Italian Linen canvas, framed using our traditional Flat Frame.

Hi Melanie
I was just talking to Neil about Toby and wondered how it was going with his painting, when I noticed your email. We are over the moon with it thank you. We look forward to receiving the finished framed version.
Thanks again
Debbie x
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Minoo called us to ask if we would be able to paint a portrait of their much loved family member, a Bichon Friese called Max. Max had sadly passed away a few weeks prior and the whole family were missing him terribly. Minoo had some specific ideas of how she wanted the painting to look, so we came up with a number of mock-ups until we found the perfect design, which included a velvet blanket Max loved. The painting was framed in our highgate frame with an engraved plaque too. Minoo and her family posed for a photo with the portrait, they all loved it and were thrilled to have Max home where he belonged.

He’s here safe and sound! Even more beautiful than the photos. Can’t stop crying. Thanks for the letter. Will do family photo next week when Natalia is back from London. You and Nicholas are miracle workers.
I now need to get used to looking into his eyes without crying. It’s so real.
Nicholas has truly captured him and it’s about the same size as Max 💜💜💜
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Pippa & Gus

Returning clients Harlan Crow and his family have commissioned a number of oil paintings of their dogs over the years. The most recent were of Pippa and Gus as Christmas gifts for the family. Each painting also has a specially commissioned hand carved frame made for each portrait. The framed have significant items and motifs carved associated with each pet, along with their names on them. The paintings look incredible in these stunning frames and you can see them all gathered in family's home on their stairway below.

Good morning Melanie,
So excited the portraits are finished and are ready for shipping!
The portraits look lovely, and I will send a photo to you once they are hung. 🙂
Thank you & Nicholas for all your hard work!!
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Returning client Ben commissioned a portrait of their new puppy Joey. Ben and his wife Marisa rescue dogs and currently have 4 Beagles and we have either drawn or painted them all, along with their previous dogs too. Such a wonderful family and probably one of our favoruite clients from the last 25 years! This painting was a 10 x 8 oil painting on Italian linen canvas.

Marisa LOVED LOVED LOVED her Joey portrait. She can't stop showing anyone she can show, she loves how detailed it is. And I think our choice of going with a painting this time was the right thing, she comments often that Joey is a unique soul and his portrait is also unique when next to our others (not to diminish how much she loves them all of course).
Thank you and Nicholas again so very much. It is so beautiful and was a highlight of our otherwise VERY mellow holiday.
Hope you are well. Talk soon!
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Returning client Tracy Maguire and her family commissioned this portrait of Sarah as a lasting memory of her. Nicholas painted her to the size of 16 x 16 inches framed with our Traditional Wood Frame. Tracy sent some beautiful emails to us during the commissions process, one of which is below.

Dear Melanie and Nicholas,
I wanted to let you know Sarah's portrait arrived safely today by DHL. Not surprisingly, given Nicholas' skill, I cried seeing Sarah's happy smile and warm eyes. Give me a few days to get my emotions under control and I'll pen a glowing review for your web site. Until then, thank you for Sarah and continue to stay safe.
Tracy Maguire
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Heather contacted us in 2019 with this wonderful email..
Hello! My husband has been asking for a portrait from you for years! He loves your work and he loves our dog, so it’s a match made in heaven. Please let me know how to proceed. I am interested in an oil painting probably in the 18x14 range.
We were so delighted to read Heathers email and we did indeed create an 18 x 14 oil portrait of Bristow which you can see below along with a close up of the portrait with Nicholas painting the final details.

It looks wonderful! Jason is going to love it!! THANK YOU!!
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Jonathon Norwood (USA) emailed the following...
I've been looking for a skilled artist to commission a portrait of my recently passed dog. Your website gives me all the confidence that you're the right set of people to go with. I've gone through old photos and pulled together a representative sample. Please, let me know what the next steps are. Thanks and looking forward.
We were delighted to read this and Nicholas created a 24 x 18 oil painting of Lucie, framed.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas
This looks absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for the great work and the attention to detail. I can't wait to see it in person. No edits needed at all.
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The commission of Lottie was a very special one for both Nicholas and myself as Lottie is a Tibetan Terrier and was very similar to our own Tibetan Terrier Lily. Sadly Lottie passed away and Mike got in contact to ask if we would paint her at 12 x 10 with a frame. Mike wrote a memorial about Lottie along with beautiful photos of Lottie over the years. The memorial brought us both to tears. Tibetan Terriers are just such amazing dogs and some call them 'little people', such beautiful characters. We hope that you enjoy viewing Lottie's portrait along with it framed too.

Hello Melanie, I thought I would share some pictures of Lottie's portrait with you now that we have redecorated the room and the old wallpaper has gone. The picture looks fantastic, and we've very happy with her.
Thanks again,
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Kev & Tracey called us in the studio a few times to chat about the portrait of Nell, they wanted to bring Nell to us for a photoshoot especially for the portrait. I took around 50 photos of Nell and we found the perfect photo among some very comical ones! It's always best to take plenty of photos, just keep snapping away, the perfect one will find it's way through. Tracey and Kev asked for the portrait to be framed in our traditional Flat frame. When the portrait was complete Nell very kindly posed for a photo with her portrait. Tracey and Kev were thrilled with the portrait and you can read a testimonial from them below.

Hi Melanie Nicholas
Tracey is absolutely gobsmacked
and I have only one word
Nell is snoring so no comment at the moment
Kev & Tracey x
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Returning client Tracy Maguire and family commissioned a portrait of their beautiful dog called Lucy. We absolutly loved Lucys hat and Nicholas was thrilled to be able to paint Lucy with the hat too. The colours are just wonderful and he enjoyed every minute of the painting.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas
My husband and I are overwhelmed to see how Nicholas captured the love (and the life) that was our dear Lucy! We wouldn't change a stroke!.....Please stay safe and we thank you again for our Lucy Portrait.
Yours, Tracy
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Charlie & Eliot

The oil painting of Charlie and Eliot was commissioned by Nicole in the USA. The portrait was painted by Nicholas at 20" x 16" size on fine grain Italian Linen canvas. Nicole was absolutely thrilled with the portrait and if you click on the photo below you can read much more about the commission. Read a full testimonial from Nicole, plus see Charlie and Eliot with their painting too.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
I received the painting today. It is so beautiful. Truly perfect, exactly what I was hoping for. I can't wait to frame and hang it.
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Amba and Maddie

The oil painting of Amba and Maddie was created by Nicholas at  21 x 21 inches. Neil did a number of photo-shoots with his dogs Amba and Maddie in his garden and also supplied us with photos of them out in the field where they walk for background reference. The oil painting was commissioned as a birthday surprise for his wife Jackie and you can see a photo of Jackie below with the completed portrait and both dogs too! Neil requested our framer to frame the portrait and we used the Highgate frame which fitted perfectly.

It looks fantastic, I couldn’t be happier with it and given that Amba and Maddie are really Jackie’s loves I just can’t wait to see her reaction, I will let you know. The hard bit of course was packing it all back up again ready for presentation on Sunday but with the help of Lyndsey I think we’ve done it. Thank you once again, and please send my thanks to Nicholas.
(see Jackies reply on the dedicated page all about the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Portraits)
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Kirstie received one of our Gift Vouchers from her family for a cat portrait in oils of Dudley as a special birthday surprise. Sadly Dudley passed away during the commissioning process so the portrait serves as a wonderful reminder of their beautiful and stunning cat. The portrait was framed by our framer along with the beautiful engraved brass / bronze plaque. Kirstie and her family were thrilled and you can read one of Kirstie's emails below

Dear Melanie and Nicholas,
We do appreciate your writing at such length today when you should be enjoying a weekend break and it has been an absolute joy watching the video. Words cannot express our delight with the framed portrait - I was in tears it is so beautiful. Everything about it is perfect. Thank you so much again for all your painstaking trouble keeping us updated, it has all been great fun and it is hard to believe that Dudley will soon be hanging on our wall.
Best Wishes to you both, Kirstie
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Richard Bedford contacted us in 2019 to ask if we would be able to create an oil painting for his wife's birthday. The portrait was to be of his dog Stella who had sadly passed away, sitting in front of their holiday cottage in Wales. Sally Anne was thrilled with the portrait and you can read more about the portrait on our gallery page.

Hi Nicholas,
Its looking great, I am excited to see the finished portrait. Richard
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The oil panting of Roly was commissioned by previous client Kirstie, as a birthday surprise for her husband. Gordon was absolutely delighted with his painting and you can see a photo of him below along with the portrait framed. if you would like to read more about the portrait, pop over to Roly's dedicated cat portraits page on our cat site.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Gordon cannot stop gazing in wonder and awe at this portrait, and wants to keep  touching it because it is such a true likeness....
Kirstie and Gordon, Roly and Archie xx
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Sienna Myson Davies commissioned a portrait of Boo as a present for her partners birthday. The portrait was framed in our regent frame and you can read more about the commission and see photos of Boo on our dog gallery page.

Dear Melanie and Nicholas,
I can’t express enough how thrilled I am with the Boo painting. Thank you so so so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again soon to ask Nicholas to paint more of our animals!
Thank you again and very best wishes, Sienna xxx
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The portrait of H was commissioned by Mal Podmore for his wife's birthday in 2019. It was also framed in our Belgravia frame, which is a simply stunning frame. Why not have a look at H in more detail on our dog gallery page.

Melanie & Nicholas,
I have this morning received the portrait of H all in great condition. I am extremely pleased with the overall detail and quality of the whole portrait. It is truly amazing, the frame and portrait all go together superbly well.
Thank you both so much for literally a fine piece of art.
Kind regards
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Cate Jones commissioned two portraits of her dogs and this is Chucho. Such a lovely happy little fellow which was framed in our Highgate frame. Take a look at our dog gallery page to read more about the commission.

Melanie & Nicholas,
Thank you!! The portraits came in today and they are perfect!!
Absolutely beautiful! I am so happy and amazed!!
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Peter Hall commissioned a beautiful portrait of his dog Millie as a gift for his wife's birthday. You can see lots of photos and read more about the commission on our dog gallery page.

Hello Melanie and Nicholas,
Apologies for not responding earlier. You are probably aware we’ve recently moved house so we’ve been busy sorting things out. Anyway Millie has now been ‘hung up’ as you can see. Thanks again for the wonderful painting. Regards,
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Charlie Cleaver emailed to find out if it would be possible to complete an oil painting of their dog Hattie for her partner, Simon's birthday. Simon was a budding photographer and so had already taken many photos of Hattie over the years so there were plenty to choose from!

Thanks Melanie - Oh I absolutely love it!! I can't tell you how pleased I am... Nicholas really has captured her so well. I can't wait to see the real thing and give it to Simon, he's going to be over the moon :) I’m just so excited!! Charlie

Hi Nicholas, He is so pleased with it, absolutely thrilled :) In fact, the best birthday present ever! Thank you so much! Charlie X
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The oil painting of Keo was hand painted by Nicholas in oils on linen canvas and framed using our Regent frame. We also had an engraved plaque made and the whole ensemble works so well together. Lindsey commissioned the oil painting as a surprise for her husband and a joint gift for both of them to enjoy. Nicholas really loves painting Weimaraners - if you have a Weimaraner similar to Keo please do get in touch, he would love to work with you!

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Thank you again. We can’t wait to get it here and hung up so please thank Nicholas for working so hard for us :)
Best wishes
Lindsey x
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The oil painting of Joey was hand painted by Nicholas in oils on linen canvas. Lindsey commissioned the oil painting as a gift for herself and a surprise for her husband after they sadly lost Joey. It allowed them to bring back the wonderful memories after loosing their beloved dog.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas, I've shown all stages to a couple of family members and friends, and all are blown away by how beautiful it looks. Just wanted to share! Thanks! Kim
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Cindy and her family sadly lost boone in 2018 and so commissioned an oil painting as a memorial to remember him by. You can see Boone's full portrait and read all about him on our dog portraits gallery on our dog portraits website. The portrait was framed in our Hampstead Frame with an engraved plaque to complete the portrait.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The photos are stunning! I can only imagine how beautiful the portrait will be in person! I will definitely let you know when it arrives.
I can’t thank you enough!
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Harry & Oscar

Judith and her husband were given a gift voucher from their daughter so that they could have an oil painting of their two dogs Harry and Oscar. The oil painting was created at 20 x 16 size and Judy and her husband were delighted. You can see a photo of the dog and the painting below.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
We are very sad to report that we had to say goodbye to Harry last Saturday just exactly 6 weeks short of his 15th birthday. He had a good life and though we understand that, we and Oscar miss him terribly. Oscar is the same age (9 days older & from a different litter), has a little dementia and has always been the consummate follower. It’s hard, but we’ll do our best to help him be happy for whatever time is left.
I want to add that we are SO grateful to have that beautiful portrait and to have received it when things were still going along normally. We understand better that this is the time we need it most and it will always be a treasure.
Judy & Dave
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Luke the Corgi is a dog who resides locally and goes to Dog Obedience training with our dog Lily. Suzanna commissioned an oil painting with full background of Luke as she loved Nicholas' work so much. We were able to take photos of Luke and Nicholas could study him too. This isn’t necessary however, if you can see the dog in real life - then why not! Luke came to our art studio personally to collect his painting and as you can see from the photo below he was thrilled! As was Suzanna too!

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Steve (UK) enquired about having an oil painting created of his dearly loved and very much missed Springer Spaniel Wilf. He wanted to commission an oil painting for his wife Maureen, as a surprise. Steve emailed us the perfect photo of Wilf for a portrait and requested a 12 x 10 size painting. Due to Wilf's beautiful ears and the composition of the portrait we decided an 11 x 11 portrait would suit the shape of the photo well. Steve also asked if we would frame the portrait and also add an engraved plaque to complete everything. We chose the bronze colour plaque to match our Langham frame and it all works beautifully. If you head on over to the Langham Framing page you can also see a video of Wilf's painting too.

Dear Melanie,
Thank you so so much for this beautiful painting of my boy Wilf. Your husband has caught him to perfection - brought tears to my eyes to be reminded of what a handsome dog he was. Thank you!
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Aspen & Sukie

Jennifer, USA, emailed our studio to find out if we would be able to paint a surprise oil painting for her husbands birthday in 2018. We were delighted and Nicholas was thrilled to have the opportunity to paint two beautiful Great Danes. Jennifer requested a 16 x 12 oil painting and opted for a light grey and cream to work with her home decor colour scheme.

Dear Melanie and Nicholas,
It’s absolutely beautiful, actually made me tear up. He is going to love this more than you know. Jennifer
It’s absolutely perfect. I am more than thrilled and I know my husband is going to love it. Jennifer
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Shane emailed from Ontario Canada to find out if we could paint Yogi, their Burnese Mountain Dog as a surprise for his wife. Shane said.."Yogi is very much a big cuddly bear – he is Mama’s boy and she will be thrilled!" Shane commissioned an oil painting 16 x 16 inches along with frame. We have added photos of the dog pet portrait painting in progress, the final stage and a photo that Shane and his family took when the painting was displayed on their wall. Read an amazing testimonials from Nikki below.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas, I have to say that my breath was taken away when I laid eyes on the photo and especially the video! Our boy is a super star! Nicholas has captured this perfectly for us and words can not describe how much having this portrait of Yogi in our home means to our family! No changes necessary and you have the "OK" to continue!
Thank you and Nicholas so much for everything as we are truly touched!
Shane, Nikki, Jordyn, Liam and of course Yogi xo
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Kristian contacted us to ask if we would be able to create a memorial painting of Boomer. He requested a 24 x 18 oil painting along with a frame. Kristian had a number of lovely photos of Boomer, one they particularly liked was of Boomer sitting in a shaft of sunlight. Nicholas was thrilled to paint from this photo as he loves painting 'light' in his oil paintings. The portrait was framed with a wheat coloured inner linen slip, which really brings out the white areas on Boomer well. Kristian presented the painting to his girlfriend and they very kindly posed for a photo with the painting which you can see below, along with an email from Kristian too.

The painting is amazing, I can't thank you enough for your hard work. My girlfriend broke into tears when I surprised her with it. She misses her Boomer dearly and I'm thankful she can hang something up that will always remind her of him. She loves the painting and we will be sending a photo in soon. Thanks again, Kristian
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Maggie and Max

Kevin commissioned Nicholas to create an oil painting of their two dogs Maggie and Max for his wife’s 50th birthday. Kevin wanted the portrait to be a 16 x 12 oil painting. Kevin and his family were so kind to pose with the painting when it was presented to his wife, you can see the photo below, along with some of the photos of Nicholas painting and the framed finished painting too.

Melanie and Nicholas!!! It would be impossible to covey to you my complete happiness, awe and gratitude for the truly magnificent painting my husband, Kevin, gave me for my 50th birthday.  It not only captures my beloved dachshunds perfectly, but our home as well.  Now I know that my dogs will live forever and this time in my life has been captured so beautifully.  It's SO beautiful!!  I am truly in awe of your talent, Nicholas, and so incredibly grateful to you for doing this work of art for me.  I still can't believe it's mine and was made for me.  It will be an heirloom for our children as it portrays our home and precious pets so perfectly.  Check out the picture below showing me and my family on Christmas Eve, my birthday, when I opened this amazing gift. Kris
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Marianne, a returning customer form Canada, commissioned another painting of her beautiful new horse called Remy. She had taken some stunning photos with really dark background in her large riding stables and the entire set of photos were perfect to paint from. After much discussion Marianne settled on one of her favourite photos and Nicholas set about painting it. Marianne was thrilled with the end result but then upon completion put in a request! She had photos of Remy in a similar pose taken with a special decorative halter and she wondered if Nicholas could paint this on the completed portrait. As the photo of Remy with his halter was at a very similar angle, this definitely could be achieved. We like both final stages, with and without the halter. Which is your preference?!

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Thank you, it looks beautiful! Marianne

Hi Melanie, What a busy season we've had. I finally had some time to go through some emails and realized I hadn't yet let you know that the painting arrived and it's beautiful. It's really a very real portrait of Remy, it looks just like him. Thank you both again for doing such a great job. Take care, Marianne
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Mitzy's Cat Portrait

The oil painting of Mitzy was commissioned by a wonderful client here in the UK called Helen and she commissioned an oil painting of their dearly departed cat called Mitzy. Helen had some amazing photos of Mitzy laying on a table which were perfect for an oil painting. Photos are absolutely key when commissioning a portrait. The better quality the photo the more we will be able to see and add into your portrait. As you can see from looking at the portrait below, Nicholas was able to paint a beautiful painting of Mitzy for Helen to give to her husband on Christmas day. We also had the portrait framed by our frame, the frame is hand made and hand finished, it is simply incredible and works so well with Mitzy. View a lovely testimonial from Helen and see a photo of Helen's husband with the painting at Christmas in 2018.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Oh my goodness, what a stunning portrait! I had tears in my eyes at how lifelike it is. Nicholas is a very talented man and we are so lucky to have had him capture to perfection our wonderful cat! The detail is unbelievable - even the reflection of the windows in Mitzy's eyes, in fact the more I look at it the more detail I notice and I am in awe! Please pass on our heartfelt thanks for creating this stunning portrait that will be treasured for ever. And thank you too Melanie for the great emails organising the portrait and informing of its progress. Thank you again
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Returning client Drinda Gibbons (UK) contacted us in November 2018 to ask if we would paint her dog Bryher. Sadly Brhyer had passed away and Drinda wanted to have a 16 x 12 oil painting to display with her other portraits. Drinda was thrilled with the painting and you can read some emails below from Drinda during the process. We have added the final photo of the oil painting, a photo of Nicholas with the portrait along with some detailed close ups too. We hope you like it!

Dear Melanie and Nicholas,
The painting is lovely, just like our boy. Can't wait to see it "in the flesh"! Godd wishes
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Tia's Cat Portrait

The oil painting of Tia was commissioned by Barbara and Barrie Trumper, here in the UK, of their daughters cat called Tia. Sadly Tia has been extremely poorly and Barrie took photos of Tia when visiting his daughter a few weeks before Tia passed away. Barrie had the idea of commissioning an oil painting of Tia and consequently found us on the internet. He emailed asking if we could work with any of the photos he had taken and if they were good enough quality. They were simply beautiful and perfect for Nicholas to work with. The oil painting was traditionally hand painted at 18 x 14 inches, framed with our framer in the Traditional Flat frame. Barrie emailed the following to thank us and to arrange to collect the painting from us...

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The portrait captures the essential Tia to perfection. Nicholas, your work has not exceeded our expectations as our knowledge of your work has led to those expectations being very high in the first place. Thank you. Change not a jot or tittle. We know the vagaries of colour in cameras and monitors. One of us once tried to calibrate a monitor, an exercise in futility. Claire will see, in the portrait, her Tia in all her wistful glory and that is how it should be. We will not risk the portrait to a carrier of whatever calibre. We will come and collect it at your studios at a suitable time for us all. We live the other side of a rather imposing lump to you and will thread our way along the A40 and lots of twiddly bits thereafter once the present storms have subsided and the roads, such as they are, are back in place.
Our highest regards,
Barbara and Barrie Trumper.
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Bill (USA) contacted us in August 2017 enquiring about having a very special oil painting made of his dearly loved and very much missed French Bull Dog Called Agarn. The dog portrait was to be commissioned for his husband Justin and be a complete surprise for Christmas. Bill sent over a wealth of photos along with letting us know his ideas for a portrait. He wanted Agarn laying with his ball in their living room with their beautiful fireplace behind. We amalgamated a number of photos to create the perfect composition for the portrait which you can see below. Nicholas painted Agarn at 20 x 14 (a bespoke size) and framed using our Kensington gold frame.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
The painting arrived today! I opened it just enough to see the painting, and it looks so beautiful and perfect. I then tried to wrap it back up carefully just the way it was sent for Justin to open on Christmas. I’ve loved following the photos and videos you emailed. I would check every day looking anxiously awaiting new updates. This has been such a wonderful experience for me. Thank you so much for giving life to our treasured Agarn once again. This means the world to us.
Many thanks again, and best wishes to you for a happy holiday season,
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Mr Bones

Sarah (USA) contacted us to find out if we would be able to paint Mr Bones, a truly special dog. Mr. Bones was her son Walker's dog and they very sadly had to put him to sleep and he was his love. Sarah gave Mr. Bones to him when he was 18 years old with the caveat that he might not make it. Sarah is a vet and they found him in their back yard. Mr. Bones managed to survive and become an integral part of Walkers life. Walker is a Marine and Sarah wanted the portrait to be there for Walkers Wing Ceremony - which we did. We always like to meet special occasions if we can. The photo below shows walker on his special day - with the painting of Mr Bones.

Oh my. It is beautiful!! He loves it!! Thank you all for making it possible and getting it there in time. Everyone was totally impressed!!
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The oil painting of Spyder was commissioned by Karen and her husband Alan of their gorgeous Italian Greyhound called Spyder. Karen was delighted with the finished painting and you can see a photo of Spyder with Karen and Alan along with the portrait displayed in their home below.

We love the photos of the portrait so far!  Nicholas is doing a great job, especially in capturing Spyder’s eyes, which are one of his most handsome features! Alan and Karen
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The horse portrait of Elle was commissioned as a birthday surprise by Hannah for her boss to give to his wife of her horse. The oil painting, created by professional horse portrait artist Nicholas. It was traditionally hand painted at 24 x 18 size and as you can see was absolutely stunning. The close up of the nose will show you the softness Nicholas creates in his work. The recipient was thrilled. Hannah sent me a text to say how overwhelmed the recipient was by it and how it captured Elly perfectly!

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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. You can see how delicately Nicholas has painted the portrait of Inca. 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. Jamie X
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Jennifer (USA) commission a portrait of her partners dog Lance who is an Entlebucher Mountain dog. Jennifer and Bob were due to be married in 2017 and Jennifer wanted to present the oil painting of Lance to her husband to be on their rehearsal wedding meal with all of their closest friends and family present. You can see a photo of Jennifer and Bob at the rehearsal dinner below where the painting still has its foam wrapping around. Once they had returned form their honeymoon Jennifer very kindly took a photo of Lance, Bob and the portrait which you can see below. They were thrilled with the painting and we are pretty sure Lance was impressed too!

I just wanted to update you on was a hit! I gave the portrait to Bob at our rehearsal dinner last Friday and to say the least, there were tears because he was so happy and emotional.Thank you so much for helping to make our big day special.
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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.
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Pattie and Tom Herman emailed us from Hawaii, asking if we would be able to create a memorial painting of their loved and very much missed dog called Shamrock's Remington Herman - or Remi for short. Remington was a English Bulldog with a full head and beautiful red brindle colouring. Pattie said..."Remington was a Grand Champion, really knew how to "show off" in the show ring. But a really goofy couch potato at home." Tom and Pattie wanted Nicholas to portray Remi in a 16 x 16 oil painting on canvas. During the time of chatting to Tom and Pattie, so much happened. We lost our wonderful dog Tom around the same time as they lost Remi. They were very lucky to get a new puppy called Baxter which you can see below in the photos and we were lucky to have a new puppy called Lily. Working so closely with clients we certainly have made many friends all over the world and Tom and Pattie are close to our hearts.

Aloha Melanie and Nicholas! Tom here - wanted to let you know that we received the painting today. It was great to bring Remi home. Thank you very much for this. We’ll send you pictures when it has been framed and placed.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
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Bilbo & Mr Kipling

The oil painting of Bilbo and Mr Kipling was a 30" x 40" inches framed painting for clients Jamie and Lubka, in the UK. They commissioned a portrait of their two dogs in their beautiful garden. The frame we chose for the portrait was simply beautiful too. If you would like to see more photos of the portrait framed, head on over to our dog portraits gallery and read more about the commission there.

Dear Nicholas,
Wow wow wow!
We LOVE the painting and we think it will look even better when we get it and see it in the natural light.
We cannot think of any tweaks.
Many thanks
Kindest and very happy regards
Lubka and “the boys” xxx
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Lana contacted us to purchase a gift voucher for her husband Ashley as a surprise gift for Christmas. Lana wanted to allow Ashley to choose exactly what he wanted - from the photos, composition and his own choice of frame too. Gift vouchers are the perfect option for letting the recipient have full control. Ashley contacted us soon after he received the voucher as he was excited about having a painting of his best buddy Millie, an English Bulldog. Ashley opted for a 12 x 10 three quarter pose painting with a background in oils. He also chose our 'rope frame' which is sadly now discontinued, it was one of our favourite frames too. Ashley was really lucky to have one of the last remaining mouldings! Ashley called us here in the studio to thank us personally for his painting, the email below was when Ashley saw the final stage.

I love the portrait of Millie! Ashley
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Nicholas painted Lucy’s Chinchilla cat for her mums 60th birthday. The oil painting on linen canvas of Sampson was traditionally hand painted by Nicholas on a 12 x 10 size and framed by our local framer using the Ornate Pewter frame. Its such a lovely frame and works really well with Sampson’s white coat. Lucy and her mum were thrilled with the results and you can read one of Lucy's emails below along with seeing photos of the final stage, the portrait framed and Nicholas working on the painting during a mid stage.

Hi Melanie and Nicholas, Sampson is perfect thank you. He looks magnificent. It has really captured his personality. Mum loves it. Very excited to see it in real life! Kind regards, Lucy
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