Welcome to our gallery for pet portraits in oils. Nicholas specialises in the oil paintings and I, Melanie, specialise in the pencil drawings. This gallery a collection of his oil painting commissions.
The oil paintings below depicts just a handful of the oil portraits that Nicholas has created for clients recently. Our gallery is always being updated with his latest work. Our oil paintings are painted on professionally stretched fine grain Italian Linen canvas. You can read about our canvases and materials on our Pet Portraits Materials page.
Nicholas stands at his easel and paints portraits full time for a living. He absolutely loves every day in the studio. I'm sure you can see his love of animals coming through in his oil paintings.
Nicholas' work is in demand and has a commissions list. He is always booked up in advance. If you are looking to have an oil portrait painted for a special occasion, please let us know as soon as possible. Pop over to our contact page where you can email us at any time. Let us know all about your dog, cat or horse.
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 Wild 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.
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!
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.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
It’s absolutely beautiful, actually made me tear up. He is going to love this more than you know. Jennifer
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
It’s absolutely perfect. I am more than thrilled and I know my husband is going to love it.
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 feild 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 Bayswater gold 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)
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 our Traditional Flat frame with inner linen slip. We have added photos of the dog pet portrait painting in progress, the final scan and a photo that Shane and his family took when the painting was displayed on their wall. Read two amazing testimonials from Shane and Nikki below.
Dear Melanie and Nicholas,Yogi arrived two weeks ago and I have been trying to come up with the words to say Thank you but I don’t feel Thank you is enough.I have tears in my eyes, and I cannot believe how absolutely stunning his painting is. You have captured his beauty magnificently. You have not only produced a work of art but you have touched my heart in a way that words just can’t describe.Yogi is very special to me and we have had our ups and downs many times. I know there will be a day when he will no longer be with us and to have that painting of him on the wall, will bring much comfort to us. Shane has really out done himself with this gift, this will keep him out of the “dog house” for years to come lol. I just want to say Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful painting. You two are extremely talented and it has not gone unrecognized, I have told many people about how amazing you are. Please take good care and If ever we find ourselves out your way we will be stopping in on you I hope you don’t mind. Nikki
All of Nicholas' clients are able to view their work in progress on our On The Easel blog where we update it daily with the portrait that is currently on his easel. There is always something happening so each time you go there you should be able to view a new piece of work or a new stage in the process of a painting. Nicholas works closely with each client and they are able to view the portrait develop and once complete we email the final scan just in case there are any final tweaks required. This way Nicholas is sure that each client is 100% satisfied.
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 in particularly they liked was of Boomer sitting in a shaft of sunlight. Nicholas was thrilled to paint form this photo as he loves painting 'light' in his oil paintings. The portrait was framed using our Traditional Flat frame and 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
Kimberly enquired about having an oil painting of her boyfriend Criag's Shetland sheepdog who sadly passed at aged 15. Kimberly wanted the painting to be 18 x 14 in size and also requested the painting to be framed with our local framer, so that when the portrait arrived it was all ready to present to Craig . I have added a final scan of Joey along with photos of the portrait framed and a close up detail with Nicholas and his brush next to the canvas to show scale. Kimberly sent us the most wonderful email below which our visitors just have to read.....
The portrait of Joey is even more stunning in person! After Joey passed away last spring, I searched for a pet portrait artist that would be able to create a portrait that looked like Joey. Obviously, by the beautiful imagery on your website, I knew that we would be receiving a painting that looked like Joey. What was unanticipated is how much the painting feels like him. Craig and Joey were together for 15 years and has been a great loss to our family. Craig told me that when he opened the portrait for the first time it was as if Joey was looking back at him and that the painting captures Joey's soul. As I stated to Melanie upon seeing the first final scan of the portrait, it is beyond words. The portrait is already hanging in our family room, and we can feel Joey's presence all the more now. We love it and are so appreciative for the beautiful painting. Kimberly
Taking or providing photos for a portrait is one of the most important steps for a portrait. We are often unable to meet your pet, so it is imperative that you provide us with clear, focused, good quality photos. Digital cameras are ultimately the best device for taking photos of your pet, however we understand that many clients only have tablets and mobiles. Just like Nicholas and myself, we are snapping our dog Lily form our iphones all the time. These can work, as long as you adhere to a few rules! Take photos outside in natural daylight and definitely fill the screen with your subject. We have a full page of tips and hints on our 'taking photos for a portrait' page. Why not pop over and have a look. If you need any help you are more than welcome to email us at any time! Pet Photography Tips »
Returning customer Gill, emailed to find out if we would be able to create an oil painting of Artu, their daughters horse for her birthday. Bella was to be surprised with a painting of Artu and Gill had endeavoured to take photos of Artu when Bella wasn’t home. Nicholas created the portrait at 12 x 10 size on Italian linen Canvas. Nicholas worked hard to complete the painting and it arrived with Gill the day before Bella's birthday - just in time! We do like to meet deadlines if we can! I have added a couple of Gill's emails below along with a final scan of Artu, the photo they took at their stables along with photos of Nicholas painting.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas, The final scan looks great! Yes, Bella's birthday is on Wednesday, so it would be great if you could get him to us by then ..Many thanks, Gill
Got it! Everyone happy! Thank you, it looks great. Gill x
No other medium gives quite the realism and lifelike quality that an oil painting can create, especially for a pet portrait. The overall effect of an has a very impressive, detailed, luxurious quality, and Nicholas' style of painting is very soft and delicate, using very fine brush strokes. Every animal can be portrayed in this medium and you can have a full background of your choice. Garden scenes are popular, as are fields or woods your pet frequently walk in. As long as you can provide the photos of the places, Nicholas should be able to replicate this on canvas for you.
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 with our framer framing the painting using our Traditional Flat frame with inner linen slip. 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
Nicholas's oil portraits can be so realistic, we have had clients tell us their dogs growl and bark at the painting. They often seem to recognise themselves on canvas! Some clients have even mentioned that if the dog Nicholas has portrayed has passed away, their other dogs seem to recognise the portrait of them. Incredible!
Nicholas has been painting pet portraits for over 22 years and feels that oils are his preferred medium for capturing an animal. Oil are a wonderful medium for creating long flowing fur, sleek coats and expressive eyes. He is able to create movement within each painting due to the versatility of the medium On The Easel »
Charlie Cleaver emailed to find out if it would be possible to complete an oil painting of their dog Hattie for her parter, Simon's birthday. Simon was a budding photographer and so had already taken many photos of Hattie over the years. Charlie sent us a few of her favourite photos and one particular photo stood out to us. The background and overall colours were natural greens and ochres and it worked beautifully for a portrait as you can see below from the final scan. Charlie lived in a very modern home and so wanted to display the painting unframed so Nicholas painted the edges of the canvas for her, which you can see in the photos below.
Thanks Melanie - I'm so excited about seeing it! I didn't think you'd get it done this quickly... that's amazing!! Oh I absolutely love it!! I can't tell you how pleased I am... Nick 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 :) can't believe i have to wait until the end of March!! I've had a look at the blog which is brilliant it, I’m just so excited!! Charlie
He is so pleased with it, absolutely thrilled :) In fact, the best birthday present ever! Thank you so much! Charlie X
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 scan, 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
We receive many wonderful emails and photos from our pet portraits clients. If you would like to see more of our testimonials, pop over to our pet portraits testimonials »
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 use for painting from. After much discussion we 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 of the portrait put in a request! She had photos of Remy in a similar pose taken with a special decorative halter on 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,e this definitely could be achieved. We like both final scans, 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
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!
Aloha Melanie and Nicholas,We love that Remi is back at home! I can feel his spirit romping around at home and it is really up lifting the positive energy and joy in our house hold. Baxter would not sit still for the pic so I had to grab him...funny. At 3 month old, he is such a rascal and mama Rubie certainly has a hand full in disciplining and playing with him. Much Love to you both. Pattie
We can offer our clients a wide range of framing options and work with two wonderful framing companies. Our framing service is completely optional, however if you don’t have access to a professional local framer, we can make all the arrangements for you. We have access to hundreds of different frame styles and mouldings. Clients can let us know the kind of frame they are looking for and we can work with you and show you examples to get the perfect frame for you. Whether you like gold, silver, bronze, traditional woods, painted colours, ornate, plain, swept or moulded we always find something that matches our clients home décor and tastes. Visit our framing page to view some previous commissions and read about the framing companies we work with. We can also provide engraved plaques in gold, silver and bronze and you can also find details of this in the framing section too. - Framing »
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 Bull Dog. 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 scan.
I love the portrait of Millie! Ashley
If you have enjoyed viewing our oil portraits in pencil and oil and would like to view more paintings and drawings of dogs, why not head over to our dedicated Dog 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. To Our Dedicated Dog Pet Portraits Website »
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