I have always had a deep connection to horses that really cannot be explained. As a child I read every book, studied form, anatomy, and riding. I learned breeds, history and horse evolution with passionate intensity. I obsessed over their movement, attitude and personality. I sat on my neighbor’s fence all day long just to watch a horse, as he slowly grazed or looked around. Then I drew him from memory, in every gorgeous detail.
My art is not making pictures of horses, rather it is a sharing of my experience of their profound energy. Anatomical accuracy blended with spirited imagination informs my abstractive work. If I am painting without a brush I ink-drip the horse’s form onto a flat canvas, directing acrylics, water-based inks and pigments with intuitive spontaneity.
The form of the horse is an unlikely blend of pure joy and sensuality wrapped in a dynamic architectural body. My paintings celebrate this kinetic marvel, evoking the horse’s universal qualities of power, vulnerability, compassion and awareness, with classic elegance and sensual forward movement. My art conveys a sense of motion palpable to the viewer, in minimalist bursts of fresh, raw emotion.
Horses are for me a source of healing, energy and life-affirming joy. Their actions elevate the emotional connection I share in my work. As a contemporary horse artist, as a modern painter, art teaches you about what you have to say and how you want to say it. Horses help me say it.
Shown and collected widely my paintings complement their surroundings with an emotional atmosphere in keeping with a client's aesthetic. The Donna B Silk Collection shares my art in fashion, as we wrap ourselves in a collective love of horses.
Inspiration, nobility and undeniable timelessness are the gifts of art and the horse.
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