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For thousands of years the spirit of the horse has captivated our hearts and imagination. We’ve longed to be close to them, dreamt of them, some have worshipped them, and many of us have spent our lives in pursuit of the “perfect” horse/s to dedicate our time and love to.
For me, it’s been no different. I dreamt of owning a horse from a very young age. And if I couldn’t have one, then I was going to capture them on paper. I don’t remember a time I didn’t draw horses; they are a part of me. In time that dream did become a reality, and my passion for them was so deep I went on to study Equine Science at university and have spent my entire career connected to the horse in various ways. From running horse enterprises, managing a farrier business, starting and educating horses…and a lifetime of painting them.
At the age of eighteen I got cheeky and entered my first art contest. The drive to get my paintings out there to horse lovers was so strong. I walked away from that exhibition with my first award, of which more were to follow. The seeds for my career were germinating.
I’ve been painting professionally for over thirty years now. It’s a privilege each time I’m commissioned to paint a horse. For it’s a piece of their heart they’re entrusting you with and I never forget that. Each horse must be honoured, and I see it as my duty to capture their spirit and essence for their portrait in a way that is undeniably them and that will touch their owner’s heart.
While Australian born, my home is on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. A twist of fate (or a part of the grand plan), led me to meet my husband Paul. Paul is Navajo and also deeply connected to the horse and involved in horse activism to ensure the preservation of the wild horses that inhabit Turtle Island (North America). Together, through our work as artists, we hope to contribute in a growing way to the welfare of the wild horses and mustangs.
Our cabin is in a remote area that is home to many wild and reservation horses. Daily they visit our property seeking water, food and shelter. To witness the horse in this wild environment is a beautiful thing and reminds me of the brumbies in the Australian High Country.
Currently, our home town on the Reservation is deeply affected by Coronavirus. Through my training as a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist I also run a free natural health clinic for the local Navajo people to receive care and support. Your support of my artwork helps fund this project to help those who are in great need, many of whom live without running water or electricity. Forty three percent of people here live well below the poverty line.
By supporting our work, we aim to not only create a unique and precious tribute to your horse for you, but you help us support the wild horses and our natural medicine clinic. We hope this is something we can multiply over the coming years to make a real difference.
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