dog portraits by commission

Dog and Pet Portraits - Melanie & Nicholas

A very warm welcome to our Dog Portraits and Pet Portraits website! We are Melanie and Nicholas, husband and wife who have been painting and drawing dogs professionally for 20 years. We work from our garden studio in the heart of the countryside in the UK with our Tibetan Terrier called Lily and 6 chickens.

Oil paintings & Pencil drawing Gallery

I Melanie, create all of the dog portraits in pencil, visit my pencil gallery where you can view a selection of my drawings. Nicholas, specialises traditionally hand painted oil paintings, visit his oil portraits gallery which features a selection of his recent dog portrait commissions. You are more than welcome to email if you have any questions!


Prices & Commission Info

If this is your first time commissioning a dog portrait, the first place you might want to visit is our dog portraits prices page. You might then also want to follow our Pet Portraits Process page. It explains everything from the first email with our client, the photos, design of the portrait and artwork, right through to choosing a frame and seeing how we packing the portraits.

dog portrait process


On the Easel & Testimonials

We take photos of the progress photographs of our dog portraits as they develop here in our studio and post them on our On The Easel Blog. Each stage is shown on our blog so that your friends and family never miss a stage. Jennifer, below / left commissioned the painting of Lance which you can see on our On The Easel Blog and also see photos of Jennifer and Bob in our Client Testimonials too!

On The Easel Blog

on the easel blog

Watch your portrait come to life on our blog as we post photos and video of the stages. You can here me on the video explaining what we are doing. Clients love this - especially our US clients as they like to hear my English accent!! See more On The Easel »

dog portrait testimonials


Jennifer commissioned Nicholas to paint their gorgeous Entlebucher Lance as a wedding gift for her fiancé Bob. Jennifer sent us this wonderful photo of them both with the framed portrait, still all packed up on their rehearsal dinner. Read more in our Client Testimonials »



Detail gallery

This beautiful painting was created by Nicholas for a returning client in Scotland. it is a dachshund called Lilly and Nicholas is just adding the final creamy fur detail in the photo below. Why not hop on over to our up close gallery to see more of our artwork in detail! Detail Gallery »

traditionally painted portraits


Melanie & Nicholas

Melanie Phillips

Read about Melanie Phillips

My name is Melanie and I am a pencil pet portrait artist. I was professionally trained....Read More »

Nicholas Beall

Read about Nicholas Beall

My name is Nicholas Beall and I sepcialise in creating oil paintings of dogs, cats and horses. Read More »


Dog Portraits Framed

If you are looking to complete your portrait by having one of our high quality framers frame your portrait, just let us know. We have access to thousands of beautiful mouldings along with engraved gold, silver and bronze plaques too. We can even match mouldings that you already have in your home. Why not take a look around our framing gallery and let us know your ideas. Framing Gallery »

Dog Portraits and Pet Portraits Bespoke framing


Gift A Portrait & Our Studio

If you are running out of time before a specific date to have a painting or drawing created - or don’t want to ruin the surprise by asking for photos, then our gift voucher service might be perfect for you. Our dog portraits gift vouchers are created bespoke to each client and are emailed either to yourself or to the recipient. You can print them and present them in any way you wish. This is great if the gift is being purchased by a group of people as the elements can be printed and added to a thank you card or leaving card that everyone has singed. View more Dog Portraits Gift Vouchers » Visit our studio and materials page to see what goes into create your dog portrait. View our materials and see photos of where we work in our lovely art studio situated in our rural wooded garden.

Dog Portraits Gift Vouchers

Gift A Portrait

Use our Gift a Portrait for that special occasion. Save a space in our commissions list and receive a bespoke image to show the recipient via email. Read more about our very special service on our page Pet Portraits Gift a Portrait »

Dog Portraits Studio

Our Studio

The photo above shows part of our lovely studio, situated in our woodland garden. See where we create all of our paintings and drawings. Its a slice of heaven and the perfect place to be creative. Our Studio »



Hello Melanie and Nicholas!
I just wanted to update you on was a hit! I gave the portrait to Bob at our rehearsal dinner last Friday and to say the least, there were tears because he was so happy and emotional.
Thank you so much for helping to make our big day special! I'll send more pics when we put it up on display.