Welcome to my about me page. As you probably know by now, having looked around my website and seen my artwork, my name is Melanie Phillips and I am a professional pet portrait artist. I specialise in drawing dogs, cats and horses for clients worldwide. I have been drawing animals and wildlife for over 20 years and hopefully this page will give you a quick overview of my little world!
I grew up on a smallholding in west Wales, UK which was very idyllic and it was perfect for a child who loved animals, playing outdoors, climbing trees, damming up streams and running in the fields. As a child we had fields with lots of animals including chickens, ducks, geese, cows, pigs, goats and sheep. It was fantastic for me as I befriended them. I named all of the chickens and one in particular would wait for me to come home from school. The sheep would follow me in the fields and would run over to see what lovely treats I had in my pocket, they all had names too. I bottle fed the baby lambs and piglets and even had my name in the local newspaper as our goat Heidi had quads. I had a love for animals from a very early age and that’s all I wanted to draw.
I met my husband Nicholas Beall at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, he was studying the same course as me - Natural History Illustration. Once we had completed the course we decided that neither of us liked the hustle and bustle of town life so we came back to Wales to set up home. Nicholas is from Cornwall, which is very similar to Wales so it was home from home for him.
We live in a very pretty welsh cottage which is around 350 years old with huge oak beams and a massive inglenook fireplace. If you would like to read more about our cottage and the renovations we have been doing over the last 10 years, take a look at my cottage page.
We share our home with the most comical Tibetan Terrier called Lily. The photo below is on the day we collected Lily, she was so tiny and cuddly. She is still very cuddly, but she has grown a lot since then! If you would like to see some more cute photos of her and read the story of how she came to live with us, head on over to my page all about Lily the Tibetan Terrier.
I have kept chickens all of my life and I now have a much more manageable trio of ladies, fairly elderly now. They are Buff Orpingtons and Lily loves to watch over them as you can see below. She doesn’t chase, but she does like to sniff their bottoms. If you would like to see more photos and read about them, head over to my chickens page.
I love to garden and enjoy growing flowers. When we moved here, our garden was a very simple patch of lawn. We purchased a section of woodland at the bottom of the garden and have been designing and growing plants, shrubs and bushes to make it our own ever since. Our garden is a slice of heaven in the summertime, its very quiet here and because we are surrounded by trees we have lots of wildlife and birds. If you would like to see more photos of my garden, pop over to my cottage garden page.
We love coastal walks and the photo below shows me in Looe, Cornwall. Lily can walk for miles and miles and loves to meet other dogs on her travels. Nicholas' family live in Cornwall so we visit a few times during the year when we can.
The photo below is us relaxing with artist friends. This was a get together just before Christmas in 2016 in a little local pub near us. Dogs were allowed and there was a dog biscuit tin on the bar for the bar staff to feed friendly dogs. Suffice to say whilst we were there, Lily was very spoilt!!
We sometimes visit clients homes when requested to take photos, particularly if they are nearby. This was a photo taken by Nicholas when we were photographing the horses of the owners of Baylis and Harding for an oil painting. They were very friendly and enjoyed their carrots!
I hope that you have enjoyed the photos on my page and feel you have got to know me a little better. If you would like to ask me any questions you are more than welcome to email me at any time for a chat. Also if you are heading to west Wales and would like to visit with your dog, the kettle is always on, give me a call to arrange a time to visit, both Nicholas I myself would love to meet you!
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