I am a predominantly equine and pet portrait artist. I do enjoy creating work on a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, people and sometimes still life but my great passion is drawing and painting horses. I also love animals and I enjoy taking commissions of people’s pets whatever animal they may be! There is something about capturing the soul of an animal in art form that fascinates me and I am humbled by the joy my work brings to the owners of the pets I draw.
I have always been attracted like a magnet to horses, they are creatures of opposites. Strong but vulnerable, powerful but gentle, proud but modest. The complexities of their nature along with the intricacies of their musculoskeletal system is what inspires me to make my art. I love to try to capture their thoughts and their feelings through their eyes, stance and life force on to the page. I want to captivate people to horses through my art, people who may never have shown much interest in them before as well as those that are already fond of them.
My recent collection ‘Equus’ is an exquisite set of equine themed drawings. These works of art may not be large but they are none the less eye-catching. I work almost exclusively at the moment in Derwent color pencil. I find that I can go in to great detail on a smaller scale with this medium. Detail to me is a key principle in my work and one that I am constantly aware of when I am creating, I am always striving for perfection. Color is another key element in my work. I never see only brown or grey in my subject, I see a rainbow of different colors and I use these colors to give depth and motion.
I would describe my work as a blend of traditional form with a contemporary edge. I am not happy with a static photographic representation of my subject, I want my work to jump off the page with visual energy and rich glossy color, yet at the same time I want it to be accurate in every way to the creature I see before me. My art is part of who I am, I do not think when I work, I look and concentrate and my pieces come to fruition as if by magic. I am greatly appreciative of this gift and every piece I create is of great importance to me.
I was born and raised in Hampshire in the UK. I studied Art for two years at Alton College when I was 16 and gained an A level in the subject. After college I left Hampshire to gain an honors degree in Equine Business Management from the top Equine based university in the world, Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. It is this degree and the work I did studying the biomechanics and conformation of horses that I believe has given me invaluable insight into creating equine art that is correct in all areas relating to the form, musculoskeletal system and movement of horses.
I left the UK and moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in California in 2013 with my husband and first-born child. After the birth of my second child in 2015 I found motivation to indulge myself again with artistic endeavors. In 2016 I started to take my art in a more serious and professional direction. I am now focused on art as a career next to raising my family.
Currently I exhibit and sell my work locally around the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara, with ongoing expositions at The General Store in Los Olivos and The Outpost Trading Company in Santa Ynez. I have been juried into Gallery Los Olivos and I have a permanent exhibit of equine drawings. I have established myself as a pet portrait artist in the local area as well as abroad. I have taken commissions from the UK, Spain and Australia as well as New York City and here in Southern California.
I am greatly motivated to continue building up my portfolio and increasing my exposure on a local, national and maybe one day international level. I am very driven and not content with mediocrity, I want to continue to push myself to be the best artist I can be. I have so many ideas and so much inspiration that I cannot wait to see where my artistic journey takes me.