fine art horse pet portraits by commission
Thank you for visiting my about me page - a very warm welcome! I am a Horse Portrait Artist and my name is Melanie Phillips. I guess that you have not only come to read about me, you most probably would like to see some photos of me and where I live. The photo below is of Lily and myself in our studio. She is my little shadow and goes with me everywhere. She is a Tibetan Terrier and gets up to all sorts of mischief as dogs do, she has a wonderful personality and we wouldn't be without her.
Both Nicholas and myself live in rural Wales and are surrounded by farmland, beautifully quiet and the perfect place to be an artist. This is our little cottage below, dating back many years, possibly 1600's - although not in the guise you see below.
Our cottage has changed a lot over the years. We have a lot of old features and much history inside including large oak beams and an inglenook fireplace as you can see below. this photo was taken at Christmas 2020, hence the star lights above the fireplace.
This is our garden in the summer, we have a variety of different areas, bit of a woodland, two lawns and a top cottage garden. Great for Lily to have run in. There are many fields around us and our neighbours have of horses. One of our daily walks that we go on with Lily, we refer to as 'The Horse Walk'. The destination ends up at a number of fields with a variety of beautiful horses who are quite inquisitive. They will often walk over to the gate to see us...unless its a warm day and they stand quite lazily in the field watching from a distance.
I love taking photos of clouds and scenery and I have added a couple of photos below that I have taken near our cottage on an early morning walk, in the snow and at sunset. I use a Fuji Tx2 and iPhone 11 pro max and really love getting out and about when the light is right. I hope to expand on my photography in 2021...hopefully!
The photo below is of me at home of the owners of Baylis and Harding. We were commissioned to paint their horses and so visited their stables to photograph them. We have an amazing Fuji XT2 mirrorless camera to photograph animals with. It's perfect for moving animals too. If we are able to visit your home or stables to take photos of your horses we are always happy to do this. This depends on how far you are from our studio and the size of the oil painting required.
Taking photos above, but feeding carrots to them was a lot of fun! The beautiful Mare and her foal were such a pleasure to be with.
Finally you can see a photo of Lily below, when she received her certificate for passing her Good Citizens Kennel Club Gold. We used to go to dog training weekly, however we stopped due to covid. She is pretty well trained now, being aged 7 she should be!
I hope that you have enjoyed viewing my photos and reading a little more about me. If you would like to read about Nicholas head on over to his about me page too - Nicholas Beall >>