I started drawing horses at such a young age I can't really remember when it was. I do know that my fascination with them was so early that I could barely see through my parent's front window to see the milk man go by early in the morning, just to see his horse!
Over the years I have been called an Equine Artist, or Horse Artist. I am in reality a Fine Artist covering many topics and several mediums. My deepest love however, remains horse portraits.
I have owned horses since my teens, which has made learning to draw and paint them a lot easier. Having a live reference to go to in the paddock helps a lot. Knowing the anatomy and general shape of a horse is just the beginning however, as there are lots of breeds with their own characteristics. Horse like most creatures, also have their own interesting personalities and quirks. These are the things that horse owners love to see come out in their own horse's portrait.
Photographs don't always show up the individual character of each animal as much as we would like. The benefit of a personalised portrait is the chance for the artist to capture the spirit of each horse, even when using a photo as a reference, as I for one like to have as much information about the horse from the owner before I start. A painting or drawing is unique. As unique as your beautiful pet. It is also a treasure to keep, helping to recall memories of all the joy they brought into your life.
I paint horse portraits on commission and am happy to discuss creating a new artwork for you to cherish as a memento in future years. Prices start as low as $AU220 for an A4 pastel portrait.
Please note the red dot next to the artwork images in this gallery indicate that the artwork is sold or not available from the artist.
Corvids Jessies War Cutter, better known just as "Cutter" was standing with his head over the fence when Stephen Welker was able to get a fine shot of him. After some simplifying in the background and deleting the barbed wire from the fence, I was able to concentrate on Cutter's gentle face. He was also given a haircut, and colours in his coat that usually don't show up in a photo were brought out.
Diamond Jim (DJ to his owner) is a beautiful and tall pure bred appaloosa. His owner June Elliott has him at the Corvid Quarter-horse and Appaloosa Stud in Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia. DJ stood and behaved so well whilst I moved around him taking the original photos for his portrait, I took a lot of shots and he was very patient. He is a beautifully trained and bred horse and lovely to watch in action.
Oil painting on canvasses mounted on framed painted board of a drover in the outback of Central Australia riding in from a long day in the saddle.
Dublin is a first cross Friesian/Standard bred gelding. As you can see he posed beautifully for this portrait. I have seen Dublin under saddle and he is a very gentle ride but also very intelligent which is very impressive for such a young horse.
Pastel portrait on white art paper. The background has been removed and the subject has been kept to a simple style. The aim was not not to look like a photo but an artwork reflecting the strength and beauty of the horse. Colour palette has been kept minimal and details left out to keep to the desired effect.
Pastel painting of a "paintaloosa" foal on pastel paper. Taken from original photograph by Janice Mills at Corvid Stud.
Acrylic painting of a "paintaloosa" mare and foal on particle board. Framed in plain wood frame. Taken from original photograph by Janice Mills at Corvid Stud.
Jissel is a pure bred Friesian mare. Her foals are absolutely beautiful showing the jet black coat and full body of this breed, including the lovely long manes and tails as they mature. She stood proudly with her foal for this portrait showing the best features of the Friesian breed.
The horse I call Lonesome Guy (because I don't know his real name) was standing with his head over the fence when I was able to get several fine shots of him. After deleting the background and deleting the fence, I was able to concentrate on his gentle face. He was also given a haircut, and colours in his coat that the sun was reflecting have been highlighted.
Montanas Calico is a 7 year old tobiano coloured paint-quarter horse. She was bred at the Corvid Appaloosa and Quarter Horse Stud in Pearcedale Victoria, Australia.
Oil painting taken from a racing scene in Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) during the late 1950s.