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Cat Portraits - Cat Painting in Oils on Canvas

Welcome to the cat painting in oils on canvas of Samson. This portrait was commissioned by clients here in the UK as a surprise gift. Nicholas completed this oil painting here in our woodland garden studio. We have a dedicated studio with lots of space and light, which is the perfect place for creating oil paintings of any size. Nicholas thoroughly enjoyed painting Samson and we hope that you enjoy viewing his painting and reading about the commission below.

Cat Painting Oils

Commission of 'Samson'- Cat Painting in Oils

Pet portraits reference photos

Lucy Townsend, UK contacted Nicholas in 2012 about his cat paintings as she wanted to commission a cat portrait for her mum Judith, as a birthday surprise. Judith's cat is called Samson and he is the most beautiful cat!

Lucy emailed us a number of photos for the portrait, however had one particular photo they wanted to use as the basis of the oil painting. It captured Sampson really well. This is so important, to work with photos that clients can really see the essence of their pets in. This means we will be able to capture them successfully within the oil painting.

Nicholas and Lucy discussed the portrait via email and decided that a 14 x 11 size would work well for Samson. They also decided that a mid tone, subtle colour was needed as a background to allow Samson’s white fur to stand out in the portrait. Nicholas didn’t want the background to be too overpowering for Sampson so he chose a very subtle coffee colour background which really suited Samson’s light fur. Lucy opted to have the portrait framed and chose our Ornate frame. This is one of our favourite frames as its colour seems to change with the light, sometimes it shows a silver colour, sometimes a warm bronze. Its absolutely beautiful and works well with a wheat coloured inner linen slip.

Happy Client Testimonials

Both Lucy and her mum were thrilled with the outcome and a few of their emails are below.

Hi Melanie & Nicholas,
Hi Melanie, It's excellent. It has really captured his personality. Mum loves it. Kind regards,


Hi Nicholas and Melanie,
That is perfect thank you. He looks magnificent. Very excited to see it in real life!
Kind regards,


Cat Oil Portraits - Cat Painting Framed

We work with a number of different framers so that our clients have plenty of choice, not just for the design of the frame but for their budget too. We offer a range from fairly simple frames to much more elaborate hand crafted frames. Drop us a line at any time to discuss your framing needs.

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Cat Oil Portraits - Cat Painting Framed

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about Samson and how the oil painting came together. If you woudl like a cat portrait similar to this, visit our cat portraits contact page and email us your photos and let us know your ideas.


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