A photograph can capture the image of your horse, but it does not often capture the character or spirit. A painting or drawing takes its heart from the essence of its subject be that a horse, a pet, or a person.
When someone commissions a portrait they often have a vague image in mind of how they would like it to look. Caroline likes to understand this in order to produce a work that is right for the client. To ensure success she will, in the case of an oil painting, do one or two exploratory pastel drawings to show the client before embarking on the finished work. This close dialogue between artist and client enables the finished work to be successful, something that all parties want. For example, the ‘Mare with Foal’ was first presented in two different ways. The client chose one view and asked for a slight alteration on the turn of the mare’s head. This resulted in a satisfying outcome for the client.
If she is commissioned to do a pastel portrait she will produce one or two monochrome drawings to check with the client that she is producing something that is right for them.
Both pastel and drawing processes help her to understand your animal and is an integral part of any work that she does.
We understand that everybody has different budgets when it comes to the luxury of a portrait of your horse or pet. That is why we offer a number of different options when it comes to creating a commissioned piece.
Send us at least 2 good quality photographs and/or video of your horse or pet. These will be returned with the finished drawing/painting. From this an exquisite painting, pastel or drawing will be created.
We visit your horse or pet and make sketches, take photographs and a video. This will enable us to truly understand and capture the character of the animal. A painting, pastel /drawing is then created and mounted.
As with option 2, but also includes framing.
Gunner Wellburn or ‘Welly’ as he is affectionately called, almost won the 2004 Grand National when he led from the first to the penultimate jump...Read Story
Polly and Rizla are two mature mares who, as you can see, have a great sense of humour. Liz has had Polly (grey) since 1983, and despite her being...Read Story
Saracen was very muddy when we met to sketch and take photographs. He obviously had ‘attitude’ and I hope this comes out in the painting.Read Story
Caroline will also consider other commissions, for example cats, dogs, horse and rider, and individual portraits of a family member. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required when placing your order.
All commissions come with our satisfaction guarantee. If you are unhappy with the final piece, and we cannot solve the issue, 50% of the final cost will be refunded. Prices for each option can be found on the Commission Pricing page.