John Sutherland, UK emailed us in 2009 enquiring about Nicholas' race horse portraits. John had a commission in mind for his three racehorses Riguez Dancer, Resplendent Light and Fol Hollow, which are well known racehorses. He wanted the portrait to be fairly large, in oils at 30 x 20 in size on linen canvas. Johns idea was for it to be very similar in composition to the famous painting of the Three Kings.
When trying to create a particular composition, it means that the photos of the horses need to be taken at those particular angles. So in this instance we needed one of the horses looking left, one right and one straight on. John came up with the perfect photos and the composition was set!
Nicholas thoroughly enjoyed painting the portrait for John, it has been one of his most enjoyable paintings to date. John was extremely pleased as you can read from his emails below. I have added a few reference photos, along with stages of the portrait, and the final painting.
Hi Nick, Absolutely delighted with painting, a truly well painted portrait. I cant wait to get the painting in my trophy room. John
Hi Nick, Received the painting and I have to say Nick has done a tremendous job, he has caught the real character of the three horses. Thank again, now I am of to get it framed. I will send pictures when in final position. John
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