Jaime Todd from Ireland, enquired via email about a horse oil portrait and commissioned him in 2014 to paint her stunning horse Tequilla (Donny). Donny very sadly passed away and was very much loved and missed by the entire family. Jaime sent us lots of photos and wanted Donny depicted as a head study, fairly large in size with an outside field / grassy feel in the abckground - although not too detailed as she wanted Donny to be in full focus of the painting. Jaime asked Nicholas to use one photo for the basis of the painting and another for Donny's true colour, you can see the reference photos below. He painted Donny on a 20 x 20 size linen canvas to work with a particualr space with Jaime's home.
I have added the progress of the painting, the final scan and detail, reference photos and photos of the painting framed with its plaque. Jaime very kindly took some photos of the painting when it was framed, beautifully by her good friend who is a joiner, and displayed in her home. We cant thank Jaime enough for taking the photos for us and we really appreciate her allowing us to use them here for everyone to see. We hope you enjoy Donny's page!
Hi Melanie & Nick
My Dad has just been on to say that the portrait has arrived safely and in perfect condition. Dad is seriously impressed with your packaging!! I’ve obviously not seen it yet but Dad is quite choked up and My Mum is crying so I’m guessing that’s a great sign!!
I will email you later when I get home to see it!
Tks so much meantime!!
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!
Hi Nick and Melanie
Finally we have the portrait hung and some pictures for you. Everyone that has seen it so far are just speechless and cannot believe how vivid and alive she looks. We have shed some more tears and are so delighted with the final result. My photography skills are a bit lacking but I hope these give you some idea of how it looks. We decided we liked it best on the wall by itself and not above the fireplace in the end as it has such presence and we preferred nothing to take away from it. As it is now, it commands your attention the moment you open the door which is perfect.
Once again my heartfelt thanks to you both for everything and for this wonderful piece of art which I can treasure,
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