Framed size: 510 x 510mm
I think my original motivation for painting goes back to my early childhood when I asked my mother if she would draw me a horse. I had just become aware of these magnificent creatures. Mum effortlessly sketched the most beautiful horse I'd ever seen and the curving wild lines of his arching neck and flowing mane are deeply ingrained in my memory. Nana loved all things flora and fauna so grandad painted vibrant flowers every where... in fact they were painted over anything that was static and presented a large blank area... Their garden fence, even their summer house did not escape! He sculpted a bird bath in their garden then sculpted our beloved English Setter, Major. The birds would sit on Major's head waiting in turn for the bird bath.
It wasn't until my mid 20s that I really wanted to focus on equestrian art, after hearing about an event called "The Horse in Art". I was determined to get involved. The summer of 2013 Obsidian Art organised The Horse in Art exhibition and took the show to the "the Horse Trust" at Speen to raise awareness of this honourable charity. I have to mention and thank Emma Sutton as over the years Emma has mentored and really encouraged me to paint subjects that really move me. Emma has worked tirelessly fundraising for Children in Need. A truly dedicated lady who has influenced me.