Gregory Boella, USA contacted Nicholas about his cat pet portraits in oils as he was looking to commission a painting of his wifes cat Sophie. Greg emailed Nicholas a number of lovely photos of Sophie who amazingly had two different coloured eyes! Greg sent us this email which told us a little about why he wanted to commission Nicholas to paint Sophie -
Melanie and Nicholas,
I've seen your website and really like your work. I'd like you to do a portrait of our cat. She's 21 years old and her fur isn't what it used to be. Kind of scraggly now. The discoloration under her chin is from food. She isn't able to clean herself well any more. I'd like you not to include the discoloration. Her fur is as white as in the first two photos and although I didn't get the color right in the last photo her face is presented as she is most of the time. Still a bit curious about everything. She is an odd-eyed-white Persian. Her right eye is blue and left eye yellow. The discoloration in the corner of her eyes is more pronounced now but typical. I'm getting this portrait for my wife. She works overseas (a human rights specialist and is currently assigned to the U.S. Army in Iraq. She has done fork for the UN, U.S. State, etc.) Sophie, our cat, has spent much time overseas with my wife on missions although now she stays with me because of her age. Looking forward to working with you. Cheers, Greg
We were very excited to be able to paint Sophie for Greg and his wife, such a well traveled and amazing cat! Greg asked if Nicholas could paint Sophie at the 12 x 10 size and it was a perfect size for her. The portrait was very well received as you can read form the testimonials below. Sadly since the painting was complete Sophie passed away peacefully at the grand age of 21. The portrait will be treasured for a very long time.If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at any time. Contact Us >>
The portrait arrived yesterday. It looks just great! Mel is going to be so surprised and happy. Thanks so much for getting it done in the time we had. I've mentioned you to a number of my friends who know Sophie and pointed them to your website and Sophie's portrait. They've been impressed at how well you captured one of Sophie's characteristic looks. Cheers, Greg
It looks just great! My wife will be thrilled and surprised! Cheers,
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