Welcome to my about me page. My name is Nicholas Beall and as you probably already know from looking around this website I am a pet portrait artist. I enjoy painting not only cats, but dogs and horses too. I studied painting and drawing at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall and then completed a HND in Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. This is where I met my wife, Melanie who was completing the same course. Th HND course allowed me time to learn my craft of painting and drawing animals, wildlife, flowers, landscapes and seascapes. I have been living in Wales with my wife Melanie for over 22 years. We have a little cottage in the heart of the Welsh countryside along with a dedicated art studio in our woodland garden. A great place to paint and be creative.
I have selected a few of my favourite photos for readers to view. I enjoy bird watching and have a great pair of Nikon binoculars that I take with me if I am going on holiday or out about about on a walk where I am likely to spot an unusual bird or two. The photo below was taken while in North Wales trying to spot a Cuckoo that we kept hearing - we were successful in seeing them too.
The photo below was taken in Looe, Cornwall near to where I was born. My family still live in Cornwall and I enjoy visiting a few times each year. The Island behind me is called Looe Island which is where my smuggling ancestor Amram Hooper was said to once have lived.
We share our lives with a Tibetan Terrier called Lily. She is a wonderful companion, not at all as naughty as many Tibetan Terriers we have met along our travels!
This photo is of myself with a pastel portrait taken a few years ago in our garden. I now specialise in oil paintings of cats, however I still enjoy working in pastels from time to time.
One of our favourite place to visit is the Pembrokeshire coastline. It is very similar to the Cornish coastline where I grew up. This photo is of Melanie and myself on Newport beach. We love to take days off in the dry weather and head out for a coastal walk or to take lily for a run on the beach. Pembrokeshire is our favourite destination for a day out, however if we are staying away for a few days we try to head to north Wales to the mountains.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about me and viewing photos of where I live and work. If you would like to read about Melanie, you can do on her Melanie Phillips page too.