“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” Toni Robinson
I'm not a rider, I haven't lived around horses nor even really been exposed to them much but there is something so magically beautiful and soulful about them that last fall when I was preparing to exhibit at The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair I felt I had to add horses to my grey barn series. Fairytale Lady above was my first, no mean feat to paint let me tell you as her form fills a large field and, as I've mentioned in the past my studio is the size of a postage stamp!
Some of the earliest paintings ever discovered are of horses - these wild creatures struck such a chord in prehistoric man to the point that they recorded their images for all time on the walls of caves such as Lascaux and Chauvet in France.
Funnily enough my favorite artistic interpretations of horses are in a sculptural form rather than that of painting. The suspended horses made of wool thread dipped in tar and latex by Sandrine Pelletier above left are fascinating and denote as much movement of the form as those made in paper on the right by Richard Sweeney, one linear and ethereal and the other more solid in nature but each so convincing a portrait of their subject.
"A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words." - Beryl Markha
I hope it is an experience never to be thought spoiled by art..