The Iberian horse for me has been a passion, a much overused term now perhaps, but nonetheless it has, and I can think of no other.
The history and theatre afforded these legendary horses is a gift to the artist.
No need for fantasy, or false embellishments, they have a natural flamboyance that is almost mythical. The large, dark, deep set eyes speak of centuries ... of an ancient world, of courage, knowledge and loyalty.
I have been lucky to know them as my friends, my mounts, my companions ,and my models.
Not wishing to portray such nobility in a mawkish way that insults or diminishes , this is easy to fall into, at times I have attempted to capture a sense of classicism , at others the ephemeral qualities , or the quietude , but always wishing to achieve gravitas.
I am taking time to reflect my work of the past, and feel privileged to have been commissioned to paint for interiors where there is a demand for large scale works, and was able to fulfil my desire to paint epic pieces often on 8ft to 17 ft canvases etc. Now I am planning to do more large scale, allegorical work..... time to return with a new perspective.
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