Grace - White Horse
Giclee 'OPEN EDITION' Prints
Aprox. Size: 74cm x 59cm
Original Painting Medium: Charcoal, Pastel
I have always admired horses and always wished I could ride. Unfortunately when I was younger the cost was prohibitive, and when the opportunity finally did arrive - sadly I'd already injured my back, and basically was advised that horse riding would seriously aggravate my problem.
I love the look and the temperament of large working Shire horses, and also love the majesty and beauty of Arabs. Horses are truly magnificent creatures and even though am unable to ride, I enjoy their beauty through my art.
I was fascinated by the cast shadows and the play of light emphasising the muscles and power of this handsome horse. I have called my portrait 'Grace', as suggested by my dear friend Chrissie. Thank you also to photographer, Ainslie Gilles-Patel for allowing me to portray her beautiful photograph. Grace was a joy to portray.
In 1989, I started my career as a Pet Portrait artist; drawing mainly pet dog and cat portraits and including wildlife artwork wherever possible. Within a very short time, I was delighted to also be receiving horse portrait commissions. This is my first horse portrait in black and white charcoal and pastel.