I'm enjoying exploring the subject of horses. It has been bitterly cold here recently, and I find this painting I did of two wild horses from the EcoSanctuary near Laramie, WY, speaks to the harshness of the winter on all of us. Still, despite the brutal weather, there is beauty and warmth to be found when we seek it.
As we begin 2018, I'm declaring it "The Year of the Horse" for my studio intention. Realizing that the Chinese Year of the Horse was 3 years ago, I am doing this now for my personal motivation and focus on exploring this wonderful subject matter in my work.
I began the year with this painting of a cowboy and his horse. I'm attracted to both the horse and the cowboy, but it is the relationship the two share I find most compelling.
My good friend, Dennis Goodwin, commissioned the portrait of his horse, Bo, shown here in the second image. I completed it as part of Jill Soukup's Painting Horses Workshop at Zapata Ranch in September. I learned so much from Jill and my fellow artists there and am eager to apply that as I explore everything horses this year.
Along with the intention to paint more horses, I also intend to write a brief blog more frequently. I just noticed that I didn't write a single one all last year. The good news is that I was happily painting almost every day in 2017!
So, look for more of me here and more horses and cowboys to come. Happy New Year!