“We need animals.  Animals don’t need us, but we need them.  We constantly look for any kind of connection we can possibly get to them”

Britta Jaschinski, photographer.  

My own creative inspiration is the horse, and this exhibition of paintings is based mainly on the equine groupings that I observe near my home in rural Scotland. I try not to project my own needs and emotions on the animals I love.  I want instead to focus on the intimate and private communication between horses that exists quite independently of the human world    I am fascinated by this communication, and these paintings show some of that language of hierarchy and devotion that I observe on my daily walks.  

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Here are paintings  of the Konik breed of wild horses at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Norfolk.  I spotted a clip on a tv programme about re-wilding.  I loved the proud and natural way the horses were bonding with each other, and I quickly grabbed my phone to take a few snaps.  The four paintings are inspired by these photos.  In the first two the mares are lying down and seem to be communing with each other and with their foals in the evening light.   I made two versions, the full scale ones are 600 x 420 mm (acrylic on canvas) and the larger cropped versions are also acrylic but on sheets of plywood (760 x 610 mm)


In the second two paintings the light seemed much more blue and I wanted to express that dramatic effect.  I became fascinated by the shapes and so painted the horses in almost flat colour particularly in the larger paintings.  Throughout this project, including the three previous paintings projects, I have started to become bolder and more confident about working abstractly and on a larger scale.


A great day at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh in the “Paint the Dance” course taught by  Mira Koche with fabulous dancer Sky and a dedicated group of fellow artists.

Here is the piece I like the best.  It started as a series of sketches in red ink of the moving figure and then later in the day I returned to it and painted into it.