The subject to which I am most devoted to is horses. As a child I was truly a horse lover, but my parents were unable to buy one, and therefore drawing them became a way to make them a tangible form in my life.
With my first employment I purchased my first horse, and have never been without one since that time Those who have come into my life stayed with me for the duration of theirs. I ride regularly but enjoy just being around them, watching their habits and personality traits. I see their vulnerability yet their trust, their weaknesses yet their strength and power. I try to convey to the viewer their absolute beauty in colour and texture, form and movement. I hope to make one stop and consider this beautiful living thing, not as a business product or instrument, but hope to make others feel as I do, that to have a horse in our life is truly a privilege.
I have been painting horses seriously for approximately 20 years and in that time my work has improved with accuracy and the knowledge of equine anatomy. I have pursued skills in the use of colour to demonstrate the textures, and reflective lights and darks, which bring excitement yet realism to the subject.
Oil is my preferred medium as it lends itself to these extremes of softness and strength which is the essence of the horse. I also enjoy human portraiture and landscape, but painting horses is something which seems to come from within, and I am drawn to the subject naturally.
Many of my works are large canvasses, an endeavour to capture the power of the horse, to place the viewer right there in front as it gallops past, with pounding hooves and heaving breath.