I began doing equestrian art when I ran across a picture of what I thought was the most beautiful horse breed I had ever seen. It was a Gypsy Vanner mare and her foal posted on Facebook. I fell totally in love with the breed and I knew I would have to paint one. I started researching the breed. This breed has an amazing history. They originally by Romany Gypsies over a century ago in the United Kingdom, to pull caravans. The breed is a combination of breeding the draft horse and to the pony breed. They were bred to be strong, yet more compact, and to have an extremely good nature and willingness to work. After a month of researching and scouring pictures on the internet, I settled on a beautiful Palomino stallion, named Romeo. After I finished the painting I knew in my heart as much as I wanted to keep it, the owner could appreciate it and treasure it. And that is what art is all about…documenting visual memories. The owner was a woman named June Villa, with Villa Vanners Farm. I sent her an email and a copy of a picture of the painting. After a few emails back and forth, she purchased the painting and I shipped it to her in Tennessee.
Watching this video is what I feel so in love with… Villa Vanners Stallions on you tube… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWQSXwGyc8k
Website for her farm…she has some of the greatest Gypsy Vanners in the United States…. www.villavanners.com
I have painted several more Gypsy Vanners, and I would like to continue doing more equestrian artwork. In fact I am actively seeking commissions to do horse portraits, of any breed. I hope you enjoy my Gypsy Vanner portraits, and spread the word to anyone you know who owns horses about my equestrian work…I have learned that painting horses is a passion of mine and it would be an honor for me to do a portrait for any horse owner.
Sundance is my latest equestrian artwork. He is a very special Gypsy Vanner stallion. He is just magnificent with the most beautiful dramatic coloring. He just moved to his new home in Rockwood, TN, at LexLin Ranch. He stole my heart and I just had to paint him. I painted the background to match his name and mystical quality.
I painted Wildfire for my granddaughter’s 9th birthday. She specifically choose this horse and I wanted it to be truly special. She was thrilled to say the least!!!