Welcome to our horse oil portraits gallery by Nicholas Beall. Nicholas creates all of the oil paintings and I Melanie, create all of the pencil drawings. Our artwork is traditionally hand painted and drawn. This gallery is dedicated to Nicholas' horse portraits in oils.
We work from our beautiful garden studio in the heart of the Welsh countryside surrounded by trees, landscapes and much wildlife, a perfect combination for creating paintings of horses.
Nicholas uses traditional media for his oil portraits and stands in front of his easel every day painting portraits for clients.
Our horse portraits gallery is split into sections which you will see as you scroll down through the page. All thumbnails are clickable and will lead you to larger pages where you can see photos of the artwork in progress, reference photos, the portraits framed along with some lovely testimonials from clients too.
We hope that you enjoy viewing our oil portraits gallery below. If you have any questions or would like to email us your horse photos for a portrait, you are more than welcome to contact us at any time.
A popular choice for clients is to have an oil portrait of their horse with the head and shoulders and a studio style background. This allows Nicholas to really focus on the features of the horse along with their personality and character. The natural coloured backgrounds allow the horse to be in full focus of the portrait. Click on any of the images below to read about the story behind the commission. if you would like to see Nicholas' painting right up close, you might like to head over to our up close and In Detail Gallery »
Hannah and her mum Olivia requested a portrait of their horse in oils in 2018. They took photos of Chino especially for the portrait, completing a number of photo shoots before finding the photo that they felt really captured Chino with her look and correct colouring. Photos are very important for portraits and we understand how difficult it is taking photos of horses. Our advice is always to spread the photo shoot over a number of days when the weather and light is good and you will have more chance of capturing your horse as you see them. Scroll down to view more horse portraits in our gallery.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
Really love the painting I can't wait to see it in all its glory!
Many Thanks Hannah
Many of our clients like to have a head and shoulders composition, however prefer to see their horse outside. This isn’t a problem as we can add any kind of background to your oil painting. It could be a scene from where your horse lives, or perhaps you would like us to create a generic sky, graded and hedgeline composition for you. Just send us your photos, let us know your ideas and we can come up with some ideas for you. Digital cameras are usually the best for taking photos of horses as they have superb lenses and fast shutter speeds. This means they can capture the horse in movement and often take a much crisper and sharper photo. If you don’t have access to a digital camera the next best thing is to use a mobile or tablet. Ideally take your photos outside in natural daylight and get as close to your horse as you can. If you would like any help or guidance, pop over to see our Photography Tips »
If you would like to see your horse full body, some of the larger sizes might be best for you, from 18 x 14 and above. This will then enable Nicholas to create plenty of detail in your portrait, particularly in your horse face. The portraits below are all full body paintings, each being very unique to each client. From wanting to show their horse in the field where they live, with a rider or their horse racing and jumping. If you have a a good, clear, high quality photo of your horse, Nicholas can paint it for you. All of Nicholas' horse portraits are traditionally hand painted and he sits at his easel every day, brush in hand, working from clients photos to create a unique, one of a kind oil painting for of our customers. Nicholas has been painting horse oil portraits for over 20 years and hopefully you will get a glimpse of the high quality paintings he produces here in his gallery.
If you have multiple horses and would like a double or triple portrait of them, you can see three recent oil paintings Nicholas created for clients to give you a good idea of what you could have for your horses. Many clients come to us, asking if we can create a 'Three Kings' Style painting with their own horses. We are always delighted to help and guide our clients in the kind of photos we need to create the composition. Let us know if you would like a portrait similar to the beautiful commissioned paintings below.
A popular composition choice with horse portraits and that is having square paintings. They can hold quite a contemporary vibe and do suit some photos. They look fabulous when framed too. There is a lot of choice when it comes to framing and we can help you every step of the way when designing your frame to go with your portrait, keeping in mind your taste and your style of home décor. We work with three amazing framers here in the UK who create frames bespoke for each client. If you would like to see some previous example of our frames, why not pop over to our horse portraits framing »
Hi Melanie & Nicholas! I am very happy to let you know that the portrait of Jake arrived safely! It looks ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS in our dining room!! We could not wait to unwrap it (very impressive packaging that completely protected it!) and hang it up. The frame is also gorgeous and fits perfectly with the portrait. The print is beautiful as well and will be perfect to take to France for our Wedding. Thank you both SO MUCH for the amazing work that you do. It has far exceeded our expectations and we could not be happier! We will definitely recommend you to others! Warmest wishes, Kim
If you have enjoyed viewing Nicholas Beall's horse portraits gallery, we have more horse portraits, drawn by myself Melanie. in my pencil drawing gallery. Pop over to see Horse Portraits in Pencil Gallery.
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