Welcome to Nicholas Beall's Dog Oil Pet Portraits Gallery. All portraits you see here are traditionally hand painted in oils on linen canvas by Nicholas. He is a professionally trained animal artist and has been painting dog portraits for commission in oils for over 20 years. He has fine tuned his oil painting skills to produce wonderful dog paintings for clients worldwide.
Our dog portraits gallery is split into sections. Dog paintings with details plus information along with thumbnails dare click-able. Each one will take you to a larger page where you can see work in progress, reference photos, oil portraits framed along with some lovely testimonials from clients.
The photo, right, shows Nicholas holding one of is oil paintings when it was completed a few years ago. The dog portrait is of a Springer Spaniel called Banjo, you can see Banjo's dog portrait further down the page.
We hope you enjoy viewing our dog portraits gallery If you would like to commission Nicholas to paint an oil portrait of your dog, you are more than welcome to email us at any time.
Many clients like to have an oil portrait of their dog depicting just the head and shoulders with a studio style background. Something simple so that a clients dog is the complete focus of the painting. This can work really well as Nicholas will work with the colours and tones of your dog to create a beautiful, very natural background.
The painting of Ramses is an 14 x 11 oil painting on canvas commissioned by Karen nd her family (USA).Read Karen's testimonial below.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas,
That looks stunning and Nicholas did such a wonderful job!
We are so happy with the way it has turned out!
Clients most often take photos of their dogs outside. So it is very natural for them to be painted with a green grass background. This works well if your dog loves being outdoors, running free, laying in a garden or roaming fields. There are a number of oil paintings in our gallery which Nichoals has painted below, showing previous oil painting commissions with a green style background, in oils on canvas.
Many clients have two dogs they would like to have in the same portrait, however it is often difficult to decide how to design the portrait compositionally. The examples of previous commissions below might give you some ideas of how you could have your portrait. We prefer to show head and chest so that the chest comes to the base of the canvas. This helps with the realism of the piece. We will always be able to create you a mock-up of how your portrait could look so please do email us your photos and let us know your ideas. Don't forget the photos don’t have to be of your dogs together in the same photo.
The portrait of two Great Danes Sukie and Aspen were commissioned as a surprise gift from wife to husband. Jennifer (USA) sent some of her favourite photos of her dogs and requested a muted cream / grey colour in the background. The photos of the Great Danes work very well together and then whole painting has a very contemporary feel. The painting was a 16 x 12 portrait which is the smallest size for a double dog portrait. It works beautifully as you can see.
Hi Melanie and Nicholas, It’s absolutely perfect. I am more than thrilled and I know my husband is going to love it. Jennifer
If you are looking to have a background to your dog portrait and would like to see your dog full body or you have more than one dog, you have the option of having a scenic background too. Depending on the complexity of the background there might be an extra charge for this, however let us know your ideas and we can give you a quote. If you are having an oil painting with a background it will most likely fit in a landscape orientation as in the previous commission below - however not always! Sometimes dog photos, particularly with single dogs sitting or standing will work really well in a portrait orientation design too. We have included some examples below of Nicholas' previous oil paintings in portrait orientation, scroll down to see them.
All of our canvases for our dog portraits are made bespoke, which means we create designs of our portraits to any shape and size. A popular shape is to have square shaped dog portraits. They work really well for single head / shoulders with both plain and detailed backgrounds. Have a look at a few oil paintings using this size and shape below.
Nicola is a returning client who has had around 5 oil paintings from us so far - what a gallery she has in her home of Nicholas Beall's work! She lives only a few hours drive from our studio so brings her dogs for us to photograph, along with collecting the oil portraits too. A recent dog portrait is of her Dachshund called Ted. He is a rescue. The Dogs Trust are using Ted for their Christmas campaign (2017)! Nicholas Beall painted him oils at 14 x 14 size as a puppy. Now Ted is fully grown, we are currently designing Nicola's next oil painting with all of her Dachshunds in which will no doubt be added to our oil gallery soon!
Oh my goodness!! He looks amazing!! Can't wait to hang it. Nicola X