Karen Rankin, the personal assistant of Harlan Crow, Crow Holdings, contacted us in 2014 to ask if Nicholas would paint their stunning English Bulldog Otis and Labrador Patsy for Christmas 2014. Harlan and his family have commissioned us in the past and these will be the second and third paintings in their collection. Nicholas was thrilled to be painting another bulldog pet portraits, as he really enjoys painting the breed. This page is dedicated to the portrait of Otis who is sitting in the beautiful grounds of Harlan Crows residence, which makes for a superb backdrop to the 18 x 14 sized painting. We have added stages of the painting process below, along with a final scan and detail and the portrait framed along with a lovely testimonial from Karen.
We have added a selection of amazing photos that our client took of Nicholas's paintings that he did of Kipper, center (Dec 2012) and Patsy and Otis either side and they look absolutely wonderful! Nick commented that it was like his own 'little mini gallery' in America! The family also commissioned a wood carver craftsperson to make the beautiful frames for the paintings with personal motifs on the frames for the family. We think they have turned out beautifully and we look forward to working with the Crow family again in the future.
Oh my goodness…this is PERFECT!!! You have truly captured Otis so well. I can’t believe how little he was. I’m so glad to have him captured as a puppy! He’s a big hippo these days!
Please know that Harlan & the family love & admire your work. So pleased to have found you guys! Karen Rankin (PA to Harlan Crow)
"Yes, we had so much fun with this project! We are truly impressed with the portraits and how they turned out so beautiful in their new custom frames. :) Thank you so much for making this process so easy for the family. Love the mini-gallery!
PA to Harlan Crow"