Artist Donna B

“It is not horses that I paint – I paint the way they make me feel.”

I did not grow up around horses, but I have always loved them deeply. From the time I was a child, I looked for them everywhere and studied their form, anatomy, and energy. I learned about the breeds, history and evolution of the horse with an unyielding and passionate intensity. I studied their movements, attitudes and personality. I taught myself to ride, and when I got home, I drew them. I drew their forms everyday, afraid that I would forget some gorgeous detail. 

My art is not about simply drawing a picture of a horse, rather it is a sharing of my experience of a horse. A determined memory and spirited imagination informs my work. Often working without a brush, I ink-drip the horse’s form onto a flat canvas - then direct acrylics, water-based inks and pigments with alchemical spontaneity. 

The form of the horse is an unlikely blend of pure sensuality in a profoundly architectural anatomy. My works celebrate this kinetic marvel, evoking the horse’s universal qualities of power and vulnerability, compassion, natural elegance and forward movement. 

As in ancient cave paintings my works are minimalist, primal, simple, expressed as an energetic imprint, a moment in time. Yet imbued with a sense of motion palpable to the viewer. Horses are for me a source of healing, energy and life-affirming joy; their movements provide emotional connections I share in my work.

Art teaches you about what you have to say and how you want to say it. I'm lucky to be so profoundly connected to horses. They are creatures that are unique in their ability to mirror the human spirit, reflect our imagination, and inspire us to action.  

Shown and collected widely my paintings complement their surroundings, carrying an emotional atmosphere in keeping with a client's aesthetic. Horses in art always bring inspiration, nobility and an undeniable elegance to any environment.

Designer, bespoke, and corporate installation inquiries welcome.