I have always been horse crazy. At the tender age of six months, my Dad sat me on a horse and the fire was lit. My family moved frequently and I was never able to have a horse of my own. I turned inward. But with the encouragement of my mother, grandmother and a favorite uncle, all accomplished artists, I began to paint my world filled with horses, western animals and birds. I was fortunate to own, raise, train and ride my own horses later in my life. Living with these beautiful animals gave me an insight into their magic.
My painting process begins with an idea. I photograph my subjects and then choose the ones that match that idea. Next a series of photographs are assembled as reference. Then the painting begins with many applications of color, building to a finish. Working in oil, I want the viewer to visually feel the softness of the horses’ muzzle contrasting with the hard edge of its eyes.
As I paint horses, I fulfill the little girl’s dream of long ago. I have not outgrown that love.