Equestrian and Canine Portraits

by Nicola Eastell

Nicola is a professional artist from South Norfolk

Well known for her dramatic yet intricately detailed pastel paintings Nicola shows her comprehension and mastery of the equine form.
Her knowledge and understanding comes from her lifelong love of horses and she counts herself extremely lucky to have owned a few horses and ponies throughout her life, which has led to her familiarity with their temperament and conformation. This shows in her portrayal of these fabulous beasts in her intimate pastel paintings. 
She sat on her first pony at two years old and from that moment her complete and utter obsession began. "There is nothing like burying one's head in a horse's neck and breathing that familiar smell to make all things right in the world" she says.
Her studio is in a converted stable block which used to house her horses not so very long ago. 
Whilst horses remain her absolute passion, she also loves to paint dogs, fulfilling commissions of many different breeds.
 Nicola uses pastels, loving their immediacy and vibrancy. She lays down an "undercoat" with soft pastels, then meticulously builds up several layers of the hairs in the coat with pastel pencils, with each portrait taking at least 40-50 hours, and a great many very sharp pencils!


So far this year Nicola has exhibited at The Forum, Norwich with The Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, The Bell Gallery, Bungay, and The Royal Norfolk Show. Still to come are Horse in Art Exhibition with The Society of Equestrian Artists at Weston Park, Shropshire from 31st August until 1st October, then back to The Bell Gallery in November!
She is represented by The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, North Norfolk, where there are normally four to six of her paintings on show.

Large Pastels

Nicola mostly works on large pastel pieces, using a full sheet of Pastelmat card and the very finest soft pastels and pastel pencils. These powerful yet intricately detailed paintings measuring 27'' x 35''(framed) make a stunning statement piece. Of course, smaller pieces can be commissioned.


O Cinza

27''x 35'' (framed)
SOLD from The Red Dot Gallery, Holt.


27'' x 27'' (framed)
Currently for Sale


35.5''x 27.5'' (framed)
SOLD from The Red Dot Gallery, Holt

Clemente - SOLD from The Red Dot Gallery, Holt
Midge - Commission

O Chefe

27.5"x 35.5'' (framed)
For sale at The Red Dot Gallery, Holt

A Madre

30'' x 27'' pastel (framed)
Currently for Sale


35"x 27" pastel (framed)
Currently for Sale at The Red Dot Gallery, Holt


Spud - SOLD from The Red Dot Gallery, Holt


Although Nicola is predominantly an equestrian artist, she is often asked to paint dogs. This she loves, and is as familiar with dogs as she is with horses. Generally working from photographs which she likes to take herself, Nicola will work in pastels to the owner's preference. She likes to meet her subjects first so as to be able to familiarise herself with their temperament. On occasions where it is not possible to meet her subject she likes to speak at length to the owners to gain some knowledge of their special friend, again to learn about their character.

currently for sale at The Red Dot Gallery, Holt


Dinky Donk

Limited Edition prints available




A few of the lovely comments from happy customers........

You brought my best friend back to me. Her eyes follow me and I feel the comfort that she blessed me with for all of the years that I was lucky enough to have her in my life. Thank you Nicola.
Tess, Brighton

I have never been reduced to tears simply by walking past a painting before! The soul that you capture in your horses' eyes is breathtaking! How could I not buy one of your beautiful paintings?!
Richard, Suffolk


Nicola brings such life to her horse portraits and the eyes are just captivating. It is as though you can see right into the animal's soul!
Rae, South Norfolk

Never have I been so completely in love with a painting as I am with the portrait that NIcola painted of our beloved horse. The emotion that I feel when I look at it is truly amazing. Thank you, thank you Nicola!
Rebecca, Gloucestershire

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