Welcome to our horse portrait FAQ page. If you are reading this, you could possibly be looking to commission a portrait of your horse. Perhaps as a portrait for yourself or as a gift to a friend or family member. Whatever your reasons, hopefully our FAQ page will answer all of your questions for you!
Both Nicholas and myself specialise in painting and drawing horses from the clients own photos. We have been professional artists and creating horse portrait for over 22 years. We have worked with many prestigious clients all across the globe and have met many stunning horses along the way.
Hopefully all of your questions will be answered here, however if you would like to know anything further, please do not hesitate to email us at any time. You can contact us from our horse portraits contact page. Why not email us your photos at the same time and let us know your ideas for a portrait. We can then let you know the kind of portrait they would be suitable for - i.e. head study, fully body with background etc. There are usually lots of choice - each and every painting or drawing is unique and we look forward to working with you and your horse soon.
What are your sizes and prices?
Do you work from photos?
Are you able to take photos of my horses?
Can you combine two photos together for a single portrait?
How many photos shall I send?
Can I see what you portrait will look like before you start work?
Will I see the finished product before it is sent to me?
Do you ship artwork overseas?
Can you frame my portrait?
Do you offer gift vouchers?
How do I make payment?
Can I order Prints?
Do you paint or draw other animals other than horses?
Can I find out more about you?
Horse Portrait Prices >>
Our horse portraits prices page can be viewed here Horse Portrait Prices. We offer a full range of sizes, starting 16 x 12 however clients can have any size they require. We order our canvases bespoke and can cut our paper to any size, so we can work in with clients specific needs.
We work from one main photo for the pose of the portrait and can use others for guidance on colour and detail. We can combine photos to create compositions - i.e. two horses in a filed with background can be made up from three or four single photos.
We are sometimes able to visit clients to take photos of their horses, depending on where they reside here in the UK. If you are looking at having an oil painting and are struggling to take photos, please contact us and we can discuss the options.
We are able to combine a number of photos together to create the perfect composition, however we always work from one main pose for each horse or foal. So the photos that you send really do need to be of good quality for the subjects. A digital camera photograph is best and you can find out more about how to take good photos specifically for a portrait on our horse portraits photography tips page. This should give you a good start with photography tips.
The more photos you take, the more opportunity you will have in getting the perfect photo for a painting or drawing. Remember that the photo you take will be the basis of the portrait. We will be drawing or painting from that photo so it really needs to capture them well. We can make changes for instance, we can alter the direction of ears - however this is possible only if you have taken a photo of your horse with ears forward so we can see what they look like. All horses are unique and you know the character of your horse so well. So it needs to come across in the photos that you take - as it will then come through in our portrait.
We always create mockups or designs of how the painting will look before putting pencil to paper or brush to canvas. We use the photos in the computer to create a design and composition so that you know what the portrait will look like. It is of course only a guide as we are limited using the computer to design the portrait, however it allows us and our clients to know exactly what the design of the portrait will be before starting. When Nicholas puts brush to canvas, or I put pencil to paper, it all comes together very naturally.
We always take photos during the painting process if you are having an oil painting and email those to clients so that they can see the portrait develop over the weeks. We then take a final photo of the portrait and send to our clients. Minor changes can be made at this stage if required.
We work with clients all over the world and our artwork is displayed far and wide in our clients homes - USA, Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong to name a few.
Framing is completely optional. We work with some wonderful framers for our portraits, who hand craft and hand finish their frames, they are absolutely exquisite. Why not take a look at our Horse Portraits Framing section to see just a handful of our previously commissioned horse portraits that have been framed.
We offer a gift voucher service which clients find very useful. It is a completely bespoke voucher system. Head on over to our Gift Voucher page to find out how it all works...
All of our clients can use our safe and secure payment system online via our payment provider Worldpay. We send clients a private button so that they can place their deposit using a debit card, credit card or American express. We also accept bank transfers and UK clients can send us a bank cheque.
We offer emailed versions
There are many websites that offer printing services, so we can supply clients with a high resolution photo to have as many prints created as they require. Please note our artwork must not be used for business purposes or advertising.
testimonials.....Melanie and Nicholas,
I am speechless. Harley looks fabulous! I am so thrilled with how she's coming along. You are really doing her such a great justice and so far it exceeds my wildest hopes! This is such an emotional journey for me to see her like this and I hope it doesn't sound too off the wall, but she looks so lifelike its beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye this afternoon when I looked at her. Cant wait to see the finished portrait. Rowena