Horse Portraits

With over 20 years experience of painting horses professionally, my portfolio encompasses everything from livery ponies, to Derby winners, to the Prince of Wales' favourite polo pony. Producing commissioned horse portraits that thrill their owner is something about which I am passionate.

My overriding goal when producing a portrait of a horse is to render both their personality and character on canvas. It goes without saying that a lifelike representation is essential but there is much more to a horse portrait than simply capturing a likeness.

My aim is for the horse’s presence to be strongly felt by anybody who views the portrait. You can see more of my equestrian work here in my horse portrait gallery.

A sizeable proportion of my artistic output involves equestrian commissions. So whether you would like a painting of your horse in a landscape setting, racing, or a more intimate portrait focusing on your horse’s face, I have made sure that the commissioning process is very straightforward.

Watch This Time-Lapse Video of One of Brett's Oil Paintings in Progress

Horse portraits are completed either in oils on canvas or as pencil drawings. A brochure is available upon request. Just email me and I will post one to you.

After agreeing the type of horse portrait that you would like, in the first instance I will come and view your horse, primarily to sketch and photograph.

Photographs are quite tricky and not something I’m particularly keen on, because the lens easily distorts a horse’s proportions. However they are a useful form of note taking, especially when the horse has been groomed. Colour swatches are also made on site where possible.

Obviously there are sad circumstances where the horse can no longer be viewed in person. On these occasions I am confident of producing a portrait of the very highest quality, working purely with photographic references.

"February Gallops" Oil on Canvas. 30" x 20"

I can spend as little or as long on site with your horse as is convenient. I am aware, especially with racing yards, that time can be tight and any distraction to the horse’s routine is undesirable. I can easily fit in with whatever suits best.

Often so much of our affection, our time and our finances are invested in our horses. To possess a beautiful painting of them, an accurate, character-filled portrayal that can be viewed time and again, at home or at work, is a wonderful reminder of why we devote so much of our lives to these magnificent animals.

Horse portrait oil painting of a grey thoroughbred with a chocolate labrador.

Guide Price list for 2022:

Head and Neck Horse Portraits - Oil on canvas:

14" x 10"  £1950

16" x 12"  £2450

20" x 16"  £3950

24" x 18"  £4750

Head and Neck Horse Portraits - Pencil Drawing:

14" x 10"  £645

16" x 12"  £895

20" x 16"  £1450

24" x 18"  £1950

Full Body Horse Portraits - Oil on canvas:

16" x 12"  £3950 - Plain Background. £5750 - Landscape Background.

20" x 16"  £5950 - Plain Background. £7950 - Landscape Background.

24" x 18"  £7450 - Plain Background. £10950 - Landscape Background.

Full Body Horse Portraits - Pencil Drawing:

16" x 12"  £1450

20" x 16"  £1950

24" x 18"  £2450

Larger sizes are my speciality and can be quoted for upon request. Don't forget to check out further examples of my horse portrait commissions.

If you’d like to know more or receive a detailed quote please email me at