My commissioned oil portraits are rich with color and nuance. I allow the soul of the horse to shine through in the art. A client once told me that she felt that the painting hanging on the wall was "like having my horse in my living room with me."
I've had the experience, when painting a highly opinionated mare, of feeling as if she was trying to grab a carrot from my pocket when I turned my back on the painting.... I decided at that moment that I had achieved my goal and the painting was finished!
Contact me to commission your masterpiece. Do it now. Your horse deserves the honor of one of these magical paintings.
I often paint on location near my home in San Diego, taking advantage of Southern California's fabulous weather and light, which lends itself to painting outdoors. The beautiful local scenery is often my subject, but I regularly set up my easel, sketch pad or iPad at horse shows, too, in order to capture horses in paint – it's a a lot different than photographing them! Mountains and trees usually hold still for a morning's painting session, but painting a horse in motion is a exercise in concentration and learning to take mental snapshots. During these plein air sessions, I get a greater understanding of light, atmosphere and gesture. While these impressionist field studies are for sale, their main purpose is to bring visual information back to the studio as reference for my larger works.
Many of those larger works can be found in the gallery Horse Paintings. These paintings are of scenes that I've observed at shows and around the barn. While they are sometimes of a specific horse, more often they are painted as vignettes of equine work and play. These are of everything from a gallop across a field to “landscapes with horses” to the award ceremonies after a competition.
These images evolve from ink or digital sketches done from life. Some become actual paintings in acrylic and oil paint: others are completely digital works of art. Whatever medium they are finished in, Loose Horses are all about gesture and the fleeting moment. They are either charged with vibrant color, or elegantly monochromatic. Due to their nature, there are a limited number of original pieces, but the images are available as prints on metal, canvas or paper. Many of the designs can also be found on a range of licensed products such as mugs, greeting cards, home decor, wrapping paper and more.
I love ribbons. I love the curly edges of rosettes, and their shimmery bright colors. My “Ribbons and Rosettes” series looks at the nature of rewards. While they are physical renditions of horse show award ribbons and trophies, there is a deeper side to them as well: is the competition about the result, the silk ribbon, or is there more? Healing and spiritual symbols appear in some paintings; in others, I rely on the human response to the actual colors of the silk. My “Stripes and Patterns” series is often filled with humorous juxtapositions of fabric, fruit and other objects.
In all these galleries, you'll find paintings that are available for sale. Enjoy!