Posts Tagged ‘Albert Voorn’


Winding Down in Canada, Ramping up for Sweden ~

June 2, 2010 there ever enough of it? I wear the hat of painter, blogger, social networker, wife and last but not least, mother of a fun, yet very active four-year old boy. Tonight I will toast myself, for all that I have accomplished in the last three months while wearing each of these hats, each and everyday. Nine originals works, already in Sweden, two finished commissions and four photoshoots…today I call it day, for anymore work and painting in Canada and begin packing and organizing for my Swedish departure.  I have two other commissions well on the go, but unfortunately, they will have to wait my return for completion..(my apologies Gary and Ashley..I tried! they are first on my agenda when I get back, I promise! )

Hailey ~ 12x16 Oil on Canvas

The first commission out the door was a painting of ‘Hailey’. You may recall the small studies I completed of this painting I have already posted. Hailey is owned by Sport Horse handler, breeder and trainer extraordinaire, Claire Hunter of Braecrest Stables in Loretto, Ontario. Claire is well-known on the circuit for giving horses a great start in life and sometimes correcting when they haven’t had the luxury. Hailey is her beloved mare, who over the years has certainly contributed to Claire’s deep understanding of the equine language.  Hailey, a maiden mare, is in foal to Westporte. Needless to say, Claire is pretty excited. We can’t wait either Claire! 🙂

Gaetana, 12x16 oil on canvas panel

The second commission completed is Gaetana. A well-loved mare, owned by Marjorie Beale of Guelph, Ontario. This painting was commissioned as a wedding present from her friends at Awayzaway Farm in Fergus, where Gaetana lives. What a great gift and good friends you have Marj 😉

My Paintings ~ Signage

In addition to my paintings, I would like to share a poster my friend and photographer extraordinaire Pete Paterson printed for me to take on my trip to Sweden. I feel it shows a broad spectrum of myself as a painter; yet also the continuity of my work, always showcasing the simplicity of the horse alone. Colourful and painterly or rendered in traditional realism.  Thank You Pete, for getting this done for me!

Lastly, is a poster my host Maria at Ale Ridsport in Sweden sent me. She created this to promote the Albert Voorn Clinic and my show at her facility. Suddenly it’s all becoming very real! So my friends, I promise I will try to blog a bit while I’m in Sweden, but if you want all the action you really have to join my Facebook page, where I will be posting the most current information on all things Swedish. Link is HERE.. until then, my friends and clients, thank you for your unwavering support. If it weren’t for you, i’m not sure what I would do…




Boldly Go!….to Sweden!!

March 11, 2010

My Dear Friends ~ I’m thrilled to announce a BIG adventure I’ve been planning behind the scene. Coming this June, I will be flying off to meet the horses and riders of Sweden!! My host is a wonderful woman by the name of Maria Lindén who resides in Älvängen, Sweden.  Maria operates a busy equestrian facility, breeds top quality sporthorses and runs a tack shop on the premises. I hope you take a moment to look at her horses and shop ~ ~ or try a link translated to English HERE

Her facility will be hosting a riding clinic by Dutch Showjumper Albert Voorn, June 11-13. I will be setting up a display of my artwork during the event and photographing a limited number of client commissions which I will complete back in Canada.  I anticipate staying in Sweden for two weeks, arriving several days prior to the event, then touring the country; visiting many farms and making new friends along the way.

With this announcement comes the feeling of pure excitement, intermingled with pressure and artist angst to create a  cohesive body of artwork in a relatively short time frame.  However with this angst, I feel my unwavering drive to accomplish, motivating and cheering me onto the goal. I hope you will all stay in touch, check into my blog and Facebook page often. Over the course of the next two months I will ‘paint my heart out’ !! The new works will be posted on Facebook and my Blog as I go.

A recent painting I complete  was inspired by spring approaching and Swedish adventure looming. I felt in the mood for big brushes and strong powerful palette. The painting is titled, ‘Boldly Go!’…I think it is aptly named for many reasons. It is me that is ‘Boldly Going’, this life as a horse artist, what an adventure I will make it!

Boldly Go! 12x24 oil on canvas, gallery wrap (deep edge)