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Horse Portraits in Oils & Pencils

by melanie & nicholas

A Warm Welcome to Horse Portraits by Melanie & Nicholas

My name is Melanie and I work along side my husband Nick in our garden studio in the UK. We have been creating horse portraits in oils and pencil, using traditional methods for 20 years. We specialize in highly detailed, traditionally hand painted portraits. Our sole aim is to capture the unique personality and character of 'your horse' on paper or canvas. We paint and draw with the greatest attention to detail, working from your photographs, which allows us to accurately capture a true likeness and an everlasting memory to treasure for generations.

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horse portraits in oils

By Nicholas Beall

The oil horse portraits gallery displays just a few of the commissions Nicholas has undertaken over the last few years. Visit the gallery you can view larger versions of the paintings, reference photos, lovely testimonials and the portraits framed too.

horse portraits in pencil

By Melanie phillips

My pencil pet portraits can be found in my horse gallery. I work from one main photo for the pose and others for detail. Have a look around our website and if you would like to commission a horse portrait send us your favoruite photos via email at any time.

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View our testimonials happy client galleries with wonderful photos from our clients. We have photos of pets with their portraits, clients with their pets, portraits in situ and lots more.


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Framing & Prints »

We offer a high quality, professional bespoke framing service by our local pet portraits framer Jane, along with prints of your portrait and silver and bronze engraved plaques.


Cover Story

The portrait below is of Tequilla, a 22 x 20 oil painting for a client in Ireland. Jaime very kindly sent us lots of photos of the painting in situ and I have also included a wonderful email from Jaime below. Would you like to be featured as one of our cover stories? Email us for a portrait today!

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Happy Clients!


Hi Melanie & Nick
I hardly know what to say … nothing is going to adequately express how we feel about the Portrait.  It’s just perfect in every possible way and I’m so grateful to both of you. 

The richness, the character, the expression, it’s just amazing and it’s the next best thing to having her back – it leaves the best of our photographs way behind and we will treasure it for what it is,  both a fantastic work of art and a wonderful impression of a memory we can keep alive.

I’m so glad that I spent the hours that I did trawling on line for someone to do a portrait and although your wonderful website was what first drew me to you both and the fact that I could view the previous work, the service, both professional and yet so friendly, down to earth and honest made it perfect from start to finish.

I would be very honoured for you to use the portrait on your website anywhere and in any way that you wish, and more than delighted and a little proud to see her beautiful face among the others in the gallery - as soon as I have the portrait home and hung in place I will forward you some pictures (that may prove more difficult than I first thought as when I was heading for my own home last night my parents had the portrait hanging in their front room and seemed to think that it should stay there!!) lol

Hopefully we can work together again in the future as I have another smaller portrait in mind of a pony that was a rescue case that I gave a home to, he was just 29 inches and a mix of blue roan and spots so I’m thinking that with his colouring he may look best in pencil!

Meantime thank you 1000 times over for everything and will be in touch soon!
Jaime Todd

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