Equestrian and Canine Portraiture

by Nicola Eastell

O Cinza

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

Reunion

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

Solomao

Pastel 
27''x 35'' (framed)
Currently for Sale

Clemente - SOLD from The Red Dot Gallery, Holt
Midge - Commission
Vento - Currently for sale

Exhibitions

So far this year Nicola has exhibited at The Forum, Norwich with The Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, and The Bell Gallery, Bungay. Still to come are The Royal Norfolk Show on 26th and 27th June, 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 permanently has work on show at The Red Dot Gallery in Holt, North Norfolk.

Cosme

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

Hettie and Ted

Oil on Canvas commission

Celio

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

Fidget

Pastel commission

Ouro - Currently for sale

 Large Pastels

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

About Nicola



Nicola is a professional artist from South Norfolk. 
Well known for her dramatic yet intricately detailed pastel paintings she shows her comprehension and mastery of the equine form. 

Nicola's 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. In fact 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. 
Having experimented with other mediums in the past, Nicola has always come back to her first love, pastels. She meticulously builds up several layers of the hairs in the coat with pencils, with each portrait taking around 40-50 hours, sometimes even more, and a great many very sharp pencils!






















Celso - Currently for Sale at The Red Dot Gallery, Holt

Horses

 Nicola has always had a natural affinity with horses, and having been brought up in a tiny Norfolk village, surrounded by beautiful countryside and plenty of animals she started drawing and painting at an early age. She has been lucky to have had a few horses and ponies and so is familiar 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."

Spud - Currently for Sale at The Red Dot Gallery, Holt

Dogs

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.

Commission

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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