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Studying, drawing, and painting horses is an irresistible passion Horses captivate me. They possess grace in movement and majesty in stillness. I’m fascinated by the equine form. The line of an equine nostril, the shape of an ear, the protrusion of a tendon, the miracle of complex leg structure, the expression in an eye; all draw me to capture their sinuous curves and noble presence. Hypnotic eyes, flowing mane and tail, highlight and shadow rippling over a horse in motion captivate and entice me to express an impression of equus essence and spirit.
People’s Choice Winner at Montrose Visual Arts Guild 22nd Annual Show Oct. 2013
Patron Award: Around the Corner Gallery
I strive for both mystery and narrative in my paintings.
This painting the expresses the joy, beauty, and power of a correct extended trot, (with matching angles), without the damaging practice of extreme articulation of a foreleg flung out in front of the horse, often seen in horse shows.
My intent was to capture the fiery spirit of this beautiful Andalusian dancer.
Capturing winter light and the joyful, energetic spirit of my daughter’s horse, Sterling
Patron Award: Montrose Arts Council, featured painting at Karill Glidakovsky Invitational Salon
Montrose Visual Artist Guild 22nd Annual Show, 2013
a reminder to keep joy and playfulness in your heart
To say as little as possible, while telling as much as necessary allows the viewer to make a personal connection with the artwork.
The following three paintings are for the 2013 Christmas Horse series, with more to come next year. Christmas cards are available as a set of 3 for $15 or 2 packs for $25.
The following paintings were designed for 2014, Year of Horse celebrations. Opening on Jan. 31st, from 4-7 at 45 Degree Gallery, in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs. They came out of study of zhezhi, the Chinese folk art of folded paper. This is a series of 7 folded paper horses.
Qianli Ma is the mythical winged Chinese steed that travels 1000 kilometers in a day!
Cards are available from these paintings: 3 cards in a set, one horse depicted in each card: $15. Order the “Zhezhi” series or “Year of the Horse.” Both sets can be purchased for $25, (6 cards.)
The painting, “Peace & Plenty,” is available for silent auction at 45 Degree Gallery, “art at every angle,” in Colorado Springs. It is to benefit the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank. See blog post:
Silent Auction painting for Colorado Horsecare Foodbank 1/31/14 45 Degree Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
This is a different compositional approach to the same subject in a much larger format.
Conceived as a metaphor between teacher and student for my final defense, MA in curriculum and instruction. Teaching, as in riding, must embody the elements of trust, faith, and confidence. The rein exists for communication, never for control. The question becomes, “who is the teacher & who is the student- the rider or the horse?”
portrait of my daughter and her horse, Sterling, a “silver” paint
100 horses and riders gathered for 4 days of instruction, culminating in a cross country pair pace…
My own horse Monarch provides me with infinite inspiration. This wise partner in my Equitherapy work is a 3/4 Lipizzan & 1/4 Andalusian. Like Mondigliani’s wife in his paintings, Monarch is my muse and model.
I’m always fascinated how a horse reflects light. In “Twilight,” I was inspired by how a “white” horse can capture the final rays of a dying day.
For the show, “Words,” at the Gunnison Arts Center, I took a different approach to my narrative artwork, using mixed media and collage to tell the story.
In this collage, I made a series of small paintings and mixed media images and arranged them to tell the story of freedom. Notice the juxtaposition of the word, “IN.”
Mixed media watercolor and tea bag
Like the previous painting, in this one I played with painting a watercolor mat to frame a smaller painting. The random linear movement expresses the pressure a pasture feels as a herd of horses would wander and graze. Small painting from pleine aire event in Moab, Oct. 2013. Knowing that I would make a painting for the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank, I played with several ideas. Silent Auction painting for Colorado Horsecare Foodbank 3/7/14 Paquette Gallery, SteamPlant Events Center, Salida, CO