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! So I hope that this page gives you everything you need! The first photo below is me in mid winter, all bundled up warm, on a bright but cold day in Looe, Cornwall visiting family. We were walking Lily along 'Hannafore' in Looe, looking out onto Looe Bay and towards Looe Island. Nicholas' smuggling ancestor apparently used to smuggle contraband from Looe Island to the mainland....! Looe is a beautiful place which holds a special place in my heart. Cornwall always will. Nicholas is from Cornwall and when we visit, we always come here to walk Lily and have a real Cornish Pastie and most often a Cornish cream tea!
We live in rural Wales and are surrounded by farmland. 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 including large oak beams and an inglenook fireplace. If you are interested in seeing more photos of inside, hop on over to our main pet portraits website to see - Old Welsh Cottage.
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 tun 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.
We live near Llanllwni Mountain which is common land, where Welsh Ponies thrive all year round. The mountain is also home to sheep and cattle that roam freely. You will often see Buzzards, Red Kites and of course Sky Larks which are a wonderful sight - that’s if you can follow the high pitched trill way up high in the sky. The Welsh Mountain Ponies that reside on the mountain are small and hardy and a beautiful sight to see. They all graze on the mountain in the wide open spaces, nibbling the undergrowth between the purple and pink heathers. We love to walk our dog Lily there and there are lots of public footpaths through the forestry. You can see a photo of Lily below, when she received her certificate for passing her Good Citizens Kennel Club Gold.
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.
As you have probably gathered from our about us pages, neither Nicholas or myself ride, although we have been led on friends horses in the past. There is a photo of me being led on a horse called Arthur below. We much prefer to study them from behind our easel on canvas and paper, or from a warm sunlit spot sketching in our sketchbooks.
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 >>