Where do you Live: Martinsville, Virginia
Favorite artistic medium: Scratch board
How long have you been riding/What is your connection with horses:
I have been Eventing for just under a year but I work at my barn and have been riding for 2 1/2 years
Inspired By Beauty
I always use the things that I love or the things I see beautiful as my subject and after I started working with horses everyday, I really noticed what graceful, beautiful creatures they are and so I started using them in my art.
A Long Term Love
There was never really a defining moment in my work with horses. I think as I became obsessed with them over time, it just became second nature to love them and see the beauty in them.
Balancing School and Art
I actually am not currently doing anything because I am at boarding school full time and can’t seem to find the time to work on anything.
I haven’t thought about creating my art professionally, but hopefully someday I can pursue some kind of career involving art. It is something extremely important to me.
I love that each horse has a personality. At my barn, thirteen horses go out together in a herd. We’ve got the bossy ringmaster, the dorky thoroughbreds, the sweet old lesson ponies… My favorite thing about it is that they each have individually that is unique to them, so when I’m working on a portrait of a horse, for example, my goal is to capture that personality that I love so much.
White Horse Scratch Board
The black and white photo on top is a scratch board. When I started it, I was interested in trying an off-page focal point piece. I chose to do a white horse because the contrast worked really nicely and the light was exceptionally dramatic. This piece started out as a trial-and-error simple thing that I wasn’t too serious about so motivation was simply exploration of my creative limits but about the time time I was done, after about 3 weeks, it started to look really interesting so I went with it. The most difficult thing I ran into while working on this was definitely emphasizing the light. When making scratch boards, it’s backwards from how we would normally draw. Instead of making the shadows, you draw on the highlights. That was difficult when it came to the contrast because I’m used to regular sketching so this flipped it up a bit.