About Nicholas & Melanie
We have made our living from painting portraits for around 20 years. We both started out studying Natrual History and wildlife illustration and once we graduated, Nick worked frelance for a variety of London based agencies creating artwork for book covers and encyclopedias. I wanted to start my own bsuiness working direct with cleints and so went straight into painting dogs, cats and horses for commission. Nick progressivly became dissolusioned with the agencies he worked for, findign them very frustrating and within three years started to join me in painting for cleints. Horse portraits are his main passion although he always has a string of dogs and cats portraits in his cleint list too.
We both love portraying horses. It is such a challenge to attempt to capture the power and elegance of a horse. The quest to master the techniques needed to reproduce the light and sheen as it moves over muscle and hair, is a never ending pursuit. We like to think that we have taken the professionalism developed traingin as an illustrator and applied it to our oil and pencil portraits. We take our job very seriously. The client is entrusting is to do the job say we can do. We are paid to create a one off painting or drawing of their animal and we both enter into a contract with the client to do the following:
To paint or draw a portrait based upon an agreed design.
To capture the client's particular, individual horse, not any horse, their horse.
To produce a painting to the high standard shown on my website, or surpass it.
To keep the client informed of my progress, via the portraits in progress blog, and through emails.
To complete the portrait on time, we never miss a deadline.
Lastly, to complete any amendments the client may request. The portrait will not leave our studio until we are certain that the client is completely satisfied with our workmanship.
As long as we bear the above points in mind we will keep the reputation we have developed over the years. We will retain a long list of satisfied customers who return time and time again and recommend us to friends and family. We love our job, we always look forward to the challenge of the next portrait and it is an honour to be chosen to immortalize someone's cherished friend.
If you would like to read more about us, view photos from our studio, cottage, the garden, chickens, our dog Tom and much more, you can visit our about us pages on our main pet portraits website.