Horse and wildlife art by Mona Majorowicz.

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African Contours

Grevy's Zebra

I am particularly fond of Grevy's zebras. Their large fluffy ears and mule like heads lends them to comical expressions. The graphic nature of the zebra's stripes intrigue me and Grevy's Zebras in particular have stripes are more numerous and are closer together which makes for interesting patterns and angles For me as a wildlife artist, the complexity and beauty of their markings is an irresistible invitation to paint them.

The original zebra painting was done in watercolor pencil on Arches 140# Hot Press watercolor paper.

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A Reflective Moment

Bengal Tiger

Bengal tigers are one of the most water loving of all the big cats, outdone only by the jaguar. When the heat of the day gets excessive, tigers will find a shady pool to cool off in.

Big cats hold a special fascination for me. I am especially intrigued by their beauty, grace and unfathomable eyes. I've done a great many tiger paintings and I'm sure I will do a great many more.

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A Rough Draft

Clydesdale Mare

I found this diminutive Clydesdale mare spending her retirement years at a petting zoo where she enjoyed the treats and attention the children gave her. I have mixed emotions about this. In a perfect world she would be in a sunny pasture, belly deep in grass. However it is hard to say what her fate would have been had the zoo not taken her in.

Despite her age, she had a beautiful face with kind eyes and a soft expression. I see beauty in all horses and I am just as compelled to paint a back yard pony as I am a show champion.

The original painting was done using watercolor pencil and gouche on Arches Watercolor paper.

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A Tail Too Long

Scarlet Macaw

This scarlet macaw painting is actually two separate paintings made up to make the whole. The title is sort of a tongue in cheek thing for me as that's exactly what the issue was. I ran out of paper. At the time this painting was created the method in which I worked meant I created the image as while painting. Meaning no sketch was done ahead of time. I would just begin with the eye (always the eye) and worked around from there. On this piece as I progressed down the page I soon realized I was out of paper and the tail portion was longer than I had anticipated. Thus the name "A Tail Too Long."

In the end I loved it more as a diptych and is was one of those happy accidents that added so much to the final artwork. Not to mention it also brought a visual interest in the framing.

The original painting of this scarlet macaw was done on Arches 140# hot press watercolor paper using watercolor pencils.

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Birds Of A Feather

Greater Flamingos

I really enjoyed creating this Flamingo Painting. I love flamingos anyway. They have that stately yet ridiculous quality to them. Plus as an artist the color is so rare in nature that it's a real treat for me.

I wanted to keep this painting elegantly simple. My goal was to have all of the focus to be on the flamingos. Line and movement and how the eye travels the painting, where the main factors in creating the composition and placement of birds.

To create this painting I did something new. I drew each bird on a separate piece of paper and cut them out and played with the arrangement. As an artists it is nice to mix up my technique and challenge myself from time to time.

My original thought for this flamingo painting was for it to be a diptych, or an image made up of two separate artworks. "Birds Of A Feather" And then the second piece of course being "Flock Together." So if you are a flamingo enthusiast keep an eye out for a similar piece to be created soon.

The original flamingo painting was done in watercolor pencil on suede board.

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Blue Jewel

Hyacinth Macaw

Macaws are spectacular birds. I have often thought about having one for a pet but they are a life long commitment since they can live to be 65 years of age. Hyacinth macaws are the worlds largest parrots. Their beak is designed for cracking nuts but can snap broomsticks. They are lively, gregarious birds and are highly intelligent.

I've painted many of the varieties of macaws. I am attracted to their beautiful coloration. The Hyacinth macaw is a solid blue color except for the naked skin which is yellow.

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Bulls Eye

Rodeo Bull

This handsome rodeo bull is giving you the eye. He has a peaceful yet no-nonsense look to him.

I loved creating this bull painting as I yet again let my wild side free rein with color and mark making. Plus I thoroughly enjoy making cow art.

The original cow painting was a mixed media done on suede board. This image was created for the Rolfe Rodeo to be featured as the design on their fund raising t-shirt sales.

Vibrantly colored this dynamic rodeo bull print will surely make a statement wherever it is hung.

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Caballero

Andalusian Horse

I photographed this handsome Andalusian stallion at the MN Horse Expo many many years ago when the horse was first quite young and a much darker gray. Since I attend this horse expo very nearly every year either as an artist selling my equine artwork or merely as a spectator collecting reference photos so I've been able to watch this stallion mature and become more beautiful, and more masterful at his Spanish movements with each passing year.

What really drew me to wanting to paint this horse in this way was the compositional cropping and color elements. This piece is several years old at this point and is yet still one of my favorite horse paintings.

This is yet another horse that I have hundreds of photos of and I'm sure I'll be committing him to art again soon.

The original painting was watercolor pencil done on Arches #140 Hot Press Watercolor Paper.

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Catch

Bay Horse

As an equestrian artist I am often asked if I do horse portraits and truthfully I do them rarely. I do 1 or 2 horse portraits a year but they have to fall under specific criteria. The main one being that I get copious amounts of photos to work from. This is most easily accomplished by my being able to photograph the horse myself. The other benefit to this is that it gives me a chance to really get a feel for the horse and his personality and that I think helps for a more effective portrayal when I create the actual painting.

This is an excerpt from my Apples 'N Oats magazine column regarding the creation of the Catch painting. It tells the story of trying to get that perfect reference photo for a portrait.

As they had just been turned out, Catch really took very little interest in meeting us. This actually makes the photographing part easier. However, he was so engrossed in eating, that after a few shots of him grazing, well . . . we needed a little more excitement!

So Carol flung bits of grass in the air and was rewarded with a lazy flick of the ear. She did the usual clapping, whistling and flailing of arms. He watched her quizzically, occasionally lifting his head (with large mouthfuls of grass mind you) to get a better look. But after a few brief moments, he promptly resumed grazing.

At this point, we fell to bribery. I had some apples in the van and we tried to lure him into some interesting facial expressions, which hopefully didn't involve chewing or swallowing. I managed to get a few more pictures taken, until of course the apple was gone.

So Carol, in an earnest desire to help me get some action shots, started jogging around the pasture, occasionally springing into the air, while making excited chirpy noises, accompanied with yet more flailing of arms. The jogging thing got the ol’ boy’s interest, perhaps out of curiosity more than anything, but he trotted along beside her.

The original horse painting was done in watercolor pencil on Arches 140# Hot Press Watercolor Paper.

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Colton

White Arabian Horse

Help Suppport IERAL

Early in 2008 the Iowa Equine Rescue & Awareness League (IERAL) asked me to create a portrait as part of a fund raiser. IERAL is an established non-profit organization which provides care and rehabilitation for the animals they take in.

This image is of Colton, a lovely little 7 year old, gray Arabian gelding, who's likable demeanor immediately entranced me. His gentle, sweet nature and good manners reminded me much of my own horse.

Colton is blind, probably from a virus that went untreated. The good new is, it is reversible with surgery and the organization is working to raise funds to help with the procedure. So, that coupled with his beauty in both looks and spirit, made him the ideal poster child (urm . . . horse) for an IREAL fund raiser.

50% of the print proceeds go to IERAL

to help Colton and other horses in need. For more information on IERAL, please visit the IERAL website.

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Creature Comforts

Two Giraffes

These two giraffes were photographed at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The female (who's head is on the right) was all over the male with nuzzling and affection. The male giraffe on the other hand was decidedly bored with her attentions and spent. Isn't that always the way?

Once again I was attracted to the compositional elements in this giraffe painting.I also really liked the intimacy and gentleness these two portrayed.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil and water soluble ink on suede board.

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Daisy

Sweet Little Yellow Heifer - Cow Painting

This sweet little heifer is part of a cow art show exhibition that will be on display in 2015. Her sweet face is what attracted me most to doing her. Those big doe eyes and adorable pink nose. I mean who can resist a face like that. "Daisy" is a name I gave her while my other cow painting titled "Isabell" was the actual name of the cow.

Those familiar with my work know that I love the whimsy of bright colors and while usually I don't "try" to make the art deliberately vibrant, it often just happens almost organically. Generally I do know going in that I want a certain "feel." Meaning I decide ahead of time whether I want the cow painting to be realistic in color and details or more looser and representational with a fun attitude, which usually happens to work itself out in a vibrant color palette.

Most of the cow paintings that are to be a part of this cow art show will be representation yet vibrant and whimsical, though some will lean more toward realism in both color and technique.

The original cow painting is a mixed water media piece that includes, watercolor pencil, water soluble inks and lastly water soluble wax pastels and is done on museum grade suede board.

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Dark Waters

Melanistic Jaguar

Black panthers are rarely true black. Most of the time when the light hits them just right, an almost iridescent pattern is visable showing the underlying coat pattern that it would have had had it not carried the melanistic gene.

I enjoyed playing with the lighting and reflective light to best showcase the amazing coat of this magnificent cat. My model was a pregnant female at a zoo and though I shaved a few pounds off her I think she still looks a little on the rounded side.

Dark and mysterious black panthers dance though our imaginations and dreams. Beautiful but dangerous they are one of nature's finest examples of being truly wild.

The original painting was done in watercolor pencil on 140# watercolor paper.

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Fan Dancer

American Flamingo

Flamingos are wonderful subjects to paint. Their long graceful necks bow and twist and are just naturally artful. I enjoy creating intimate portraits. So, often I keep my composition simple to add strength of focus to the animal and its personality. I want to give the viewer the sense of seeing this type of animal for the first time.

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Fleece Navidad

Starry Night Ram Sheep

This ram sheep painting was done as the follow up to Fleece On Earth which was our Christmas card image the year before. This ram is based on the Drenthen breed which is a very old and very rare sheep.

The print image is cropped slightly smaller than the original painting which is square in shape. The original sheep painting was done in a mixed media of watercolor pencil, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastel on suede board.

The smae colors were used for this as was used of Fleece On Earth so they make an excellent set together.

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Fleece On Earth

Starry Night Sheep

This little ewe was an image created to be our gallery Christmas card. I try to create a new Christmasy image every year for this purpose. Because as usual I was running behind getting a new Christmas card image done I wound up taking it along to an art event in hopes of getting it completed in time to print and mail. I'm glad I did. Initially I was going to call it "Starry Night Sheep" but a fellow artist suggested the title "Fleece On Earth." I thought it was perfect and it stuck.

Turns out I'm following that concept this year as well.For this year's Christmas card I'm doing a ram to match. It will be called "Fleece Navidad."

I really enjoyed playing with style and color on her. I sort of tapped into my inner illustrator and plan to continue doing more works in this style.

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Freckles

White Longhorn Heifer Cow Art

Freckles was a wooly longhorn heifer I photographed may years ago. Sweet faced seems to be one of my main reasons for choosing particular cows for this cow art project. Well that and all that wild and wooly hair. A fuzzy topnot is hard for me to resist as well.

She is another in my "Cowgirl Collection" series. While I included some strong and vibrant colors in her she also has a nice mix of subtle pastel colors. Browse this page and your can create a nice duo, trio or wall grouping with these fun cattle.

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Guardian Spirits

American Wild Horses

"Guardian Spirits" is a painting based on a visit to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota. These people work hard to maintain a privately funded reserve for some of the unwanted wild horses that had been culled to reduce wild horse populations. The horses were destined to spend their remaining days in feedlots until these people stepped up and offered to provide a place they could run free again.

There is a cliff wall covered in Anasazi petroglyphs located at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. As I stood and gazed at the carvings on this cliff, it was like touching the past. At that instant, I knew the combination of the wild horses and the ancient petroglyphs would be a wonderful painting.

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Hattie

Holstein Angus Cross Cow Heifer

"Hattie" is another in my "Cowgirl" series of cow painting portraits. Once again it was the wildly wonderful hair that attracted me to capturing her in this mixed media painting featuring watercolor pencil, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastel. She is brightly colored in a fun and whimsical style and makes a wonderful companion piece to any of the other cow paintings in this collection.

I am having so much fun doing these that I'm beginning to think cow art is the new horse for me.

This image is available in canvas prints as is all of my art. It can be either framed or gallery wrapped (also known as box wrapped.) Please contact me for more information and pricing.

The original cow painting is a mixed water soluble on suede board. Please note the watermark is for online viewing only and does not appear on the artwork or prints.

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He Who Greets With Fire

Lion



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Hot N' Spicy

Scarlet Macaw



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Ice

White Tiger



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Intensity

African Lion Painting

Since I work only off my own photographs naturally one of my favortie places to hang out zoo. I create a lot of African Wildlife Art and so since I can take multiple trips to Africa my local zoos are the best option.

On this particular trip I was thrilled to see that the lion were up and active as most days they are dozing, especially the males. But today he was pacing and roaring and providing me with so much reference material that I'm sure several lion paintings will be done of this magnificent animal.

The big cats have such an intense focus and stare. A person can't help but to be mesmerized by those golden eyes. I'm just grateful they weren't focused on me. At any rate that's where the title for this lion painting came from. Intensity. His great intense focus.

The original lion painting was a watercolor pencil painting done on suede board.

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In The Pink

Chilean Flamingos

I watched a large group of these flamingos for some time and was quite entertained by their movements. I am attracted to patterns in nature. The space behind the birds holds as much interest for me as the birds do themselves.

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Isabelle

Purple Angus Heifer Cow Painting

Who doesn't love a purple cow?

Isabelle is a mixed media cow painting that I created from a local herd that photographed in early Spring. I really loved the swirling wispy hair. Unlike "Daisy" "Isabelle" is not a particularly attractive heifer. But there was something about her attitude and that wild hair, rough around the edges kinda thing that appealed to me greatly. And her name was actually "Isabelle" in real life. I knew this because her ear tag (which I didn't recreate in the painting) had it written on it.

This cow painting was done using various water soluble media including watercolor pencils inks and wax pastels and was created on museum grade suede board.

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Liberty

Friesian Stallion

Tall, Dark and Seriously Handsome

Frieisans are one of my favorite breeds. Yeah, I know I’m totally alone in this.

Any one who likes horses . . . even a little, likes Friesians. Anyone who is a romantic. . . even a little, likes Friesians. But they really do have all the attributes I admire in horses. They have size. In general they have great temperaments. They’re black. (Ever since I read Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion that has been the color of choice for me.) They have unbelievable hair. Seriously what’s not to love?

I paint horse quite a bit and frankly most of the time I love a good fat backyard pony as much (sometimes more) than the most glorious show horse.But Friesians really grab me from a spiritual place and they tend to get my artistic juju flowing.

This is beautiful young Friesian stallion was photographed at a breeding farm a year or so back. The farm owners allowed me free range to come and go from the paddocks and pastures at my leisure.Even still I stayed outside the young stallion pen but nonetheless this one came over to check me out.

He snuffled about sure I must be smuggling some sort of treat or why else would I be there. Upon discovering that I didn't come bearing gifts as surely was proper etiquette, he then decided I was completely unremarkable and left. So this horse painting is the result. Him leaving me ... but with flair.

The original horse painting was watercolor pencil and water soluble ink on suede board.

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Longhorns

Panoramic Vibrantly Colored Longhorn Cattle

I so enjoy doing these panoramic pieces and my Longhorn Cattle painting is no exception. I play with design elements and negative space and work in fun vibrant colors to really make it pop. This cow art has some large scaled heifers and one bull giving you the eye.

This piece (as is most of my work) is now available as a canvas print as well either in regular depth bars ready for framing or in the deeper gallery wrap or box wrap style for a cleaner more modern look. Contact me for more information or with any questions you may have.

The original cow painting was done with a water soluble mixed media and is completed on suede board.

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Mardi Gras

Japanese Koi

This painting was based off a visit to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. They have a ton of koi in a small lake and when you threw in a little fish food this was the result, complete chaos.

Once again it was color and pattern that really attracted me to doing this painting. I also really like the movement running along the diagonal.

Interestingly enough, Blank Park Zoo actually used this image in the sign next to their koi pond, talking about the varieties of fish they have.

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Mixed Company

Domestic Rabbits

These little rabbits were a great deal of fun to paint. All fifteen were based on several photos of just a few models. A friend of mine was raising rabbits and had bred a mixed litter. They were eight weeks old when I photographed them.

I had fun with the composition because I just kept sketching in rabbits until I ran out of paper. Originally, I considered grasses or gravel for the background, but didn't feel they would work because of the complexity of the composition and the color variations. I decided on a simple color wash instead. The simple background kept the rabbits as the central focus.

AND... I'm now on Zazzle so you can get some of your favorite art on various items that range anywhere from art tiles, to sketch diaries to coffee mugs and mousepads. Mixed Company is now available on a coffee mug. The image wraps around the mug for a fun and whimsical way to start your day. http://www.zazzle.com/wildfacesgallery*

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Quiet Strength

Dapple Gray Percheron Team

A tender moment is shared between these two gorgeous gray Percheron draft horses. The original watercolor pencil painting was created from reference photos I took during the 2010 World Percheron Congress. These two were waiting their turn to compete in a plowing class. The lighting was extraordinary and I took rolls of film of them (yes I am a dinosaur and held out as long as possible with film, though now do the digital thing.)

This painting was the end result. It is available in a variety of sizes.

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Red Carnations

White Horse

This painting was part of a grouping of horse paintings done for an exhibition. The series consisted of the role of horses and their fundamental importance to our progress as a nation. This last piece in the series shows the present and I believe future of the horse as more of a luxury item. His immaculate grooming as well as his tack tells that he is a horse whose sole purpose is the art of horsemanship. That being said, this painting also represents the pure beauty of the horse and its willingness to perform any role we lay before it.

The original horse painting of this white stallion was done in watercolor pencil on arches paper.

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Romeo

Grevy's Zebra

Both "Romeo" and "African Contours" are paintings of Grevy's Zebras. I especially enjoy painting zebras because of my love for the equine family. Also I am particularly fascinated by the way the stripes follow the form of the animal and the contrasting values of light and dark.

It is generally believed that the purpose of a zebra's stripes is camouflage to confuse the predator. A herd of zebra moving in a frenzy is a sea of stripes. It is far more difficult of separate an individual for attack.

This original zebra painting was done in watercolor pencil on Arches 140# Hot Press watercolor paper.

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Ruby

Ruby The Red Angus

I photographed the lovely Red Angus heifer knee deep in green grass with a fat calf on her side. She is part of my "Cowgirl Collection" which is a gallery exhibition slated for September 2015. I prefer my cow models to be on pasture as I think they are happier and that translates in their expressions and demeanor.

All of my happy heifers are done in a vibrant and fun color palette. They are all approximate in size so they make quite a statement when grouped in arrangements of threes and fours.

The original cow painting was another mixed media of water soluble mediums including water color pencil, water soluble inks and water soluble wax pastels and was created on museum grade suede.

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Rosy

Hereford Heifer Cow Painting

Rosy was a Hereford heifer I photographed knee deep in pasture with a calf at her side. The bug eyed expression was her checking me out to make sure I was safe. She wasn't too concerned though because her mouth was stuffed with grass (which I didn't include in the painting) and she never stopped eating while she evaluated me.

This is another of my Happy Heifer Cowgirl Collection cows created to go on exhibitional display in the Fall of 2015. They are all vibrantly colored and though realistically rendered, they have a quirky almost whimsical quality to them.

Canvas prints are available of this image and can be ordered in either gallery wrap or traditional canvas over stretchers. Please contact me for pricing and information if your are interested in get Rosy as a canvas cow print.

The original cow painting was done on suede board with a mixed media of watersoluble materials including inks, watercolor pencils and water soluble wax pastels.

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Skyscrapers

Giraffe Group

Giraffes are one of my favorite subjects to paint. I always enjoy coat patterns and color variations of different animals, but giraffes also offer the interesting physical characteristics of a seemingly delicate structure, long neck, and large contoured ears.

Giraffes are both elegant and a little goofy at the same time. My painting “Sunstruck” was my portrayal of the elegance while “Skyscrapers” is a look at the more humorous side of giraffes.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil on Windsor Newton 140# Hot press Watercolor paper.

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Snow Bunny

Rabbit With Boughs And Berries In Snow

This fun little bunny painting was designed to be my Christmas card for 2014. It is a fantasy piece that didn't exist in reference material reality. Meaning I had taken a few photos of some domestic rabbits gone feral while on a beach vacation and from there let my imagination (and color palette) run wild.

I infused a lot of color into this rabbit painting and created an arch of boughs and berries behind to give it a feeling of reverence without getting too literal. Some gently falling snow complete the image, making it a delightful winter artwork that can be, but doesn't have to be holiday decor.

The original bunny painting was a mixed media, water soluble created on museum grade suede board. Ink, watercolor pencil and water soluble wax pastel went into this charming little rabbit art work.

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Soul

Close Up Of Horse Face

This is portrait of my horse "Chicory." He has a sweet disposition and a kind eye. I don't have as much time to spend with him as I would like, but I always give him some hugs and kisses daily, and take some time to scratch his "Itchies." He generally has such a soft look on his face. This gentle expression is what I tried to capture here.

Truthfully I think there is a little bit of Chicory in nearly every horse I paint. He is my confidant, my friend and perhaps most importantly my artistic muse.He enables me to bring my love and spiritual attachment to horses to nearly all my equestrian paintings. And while I was p[ainting horses long before I ever owned him, I don't think i considered my an equestrian artist until after he came into my life. I owe him a great deal I think.

The original horse painting was done in watercolor pencil and water soluble ink on suede board.

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Soul Mates

Clouded Leopards

This piece is named "Soul Mates" because clouded leopards are one of the few big cats that mate for life. I came upon this pair at a zoo all snuggled up together. I was struck by the charm of the situation, but what made me want to paint them was the way they seemed to blend together as one. They were wrapped up so tightly it was hard to tell where they separated. I also enjoyed painting the strong patterns and shapes of their coats.

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Spanish Gold

Andalusian Stallion In Spanish Tack

The original painting of this horse was done in watercolor pencil on suede board. I photographed this handsome fella at the Kentucky Horse Park a few years back when I was attending an event and was sharing an art booth with an equestrian sculptor friend. This stunning Andalusian horse was the main event for the weekend, showing off all his fancy Spanish and dressage moves.

I was totally enamored with him from the first moment I set eyes on him and I knew I would be painting him at least once.You might say I sorta became a stalker. I'd hang out beside the barns waiting for him to do his warm ups for the show. I'd photograph him going to the show, waiting for his turn outside and then returning to the barn. It wasn't until the very last day that I actually stayed indoors to watch him perform.And yes, he was spectacular.In the end I had well over 400 photos of him and truthfully I don't think there was an ugly shot of him in the bunch.

He is an equestrian artists dream horse.Obviously he's a beautiful stallion and at all times was he tacked up in the most spectacular gear. His mane and tail quite were thick and billowing and quite literally touched the ground. Yup total horse artist eye candy.

Though this is the first horse painting I've done of him I doubt it will be the last.

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Sunstruck

Giraffe

The model for "Sunstruck" was a bull giraffe named DJ, from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. He was always in motion, swiveling his ears and adjusting his mouth. His facial expressions conveyed such great character. What pulled me into doing this painting however, was all the angles and the way the light bounced off them. He seemed to almost glow.

Composition and cropping play a big part for me in deciding how I want to portray a particular animal.In this giraffe painting I liked the back-turned head and the soft pastel colored ears playing a major part in the focus.

The original giraffe painting was a watercolor pencil piece done on Arches 140# watercolor paper.

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The Better Half

Quarter Horse

I went to a cattle branding on a ranch in Wyoming during the summer of 1999 with an equestrian artist friend and I was captivated by this horse and rider and how they worked together so perfectly. They had formed a definite partnership working almost like they were one creature. It brought to mind the partnership between a husband and wife, how they compliment one another and often introduce their partner as their "Better Half."

The original horse painting was watercolor pencil on Winsor Newton #110 Hot Press watercolor paper.

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The Big Blacks

Three Percheron Mares

This painting is of my neighbor Percheron mares. I was lucky enough that he kept around 20 brood mares next door so I had infinite chance to photograph and paint them. Below is an excerpt from my Apples 'N Oats magazine column about this painting. This happens to be one of my favorite stories of these horses.

Those Clever Girls One of my favorite memories of these horses was several years ago when I awoke in the morning to the tell tale signs (manure piles and dinner plate sized hoof prints) of horses having run amok in the yard. After checking to make sure my horse was safely grazing in the pasture, I immediately called my neighbors to tell them the girls were out.

We received a call back a few minute later to say that all their horses were in the yard paddock. “Huh” was all I could say to that.

The following evening in the wee hours, I was awakened by strange noises. As I looked out my living room window, I saw giant black shapes moving about in the darkness. The noises were the horses stepping on the cellar door and it groaning under the weight. They seemed to be intrigued by it as a few moments after stepping back off it, they would step back on. Frankly it a miracle it held them.

So with the dawn came a repeat of the previous morning, where I call and again the horses are all peaceably waiting by the barn.

After the second call my neighbors did a more thorough search. As it turns out after a closer inspection, the fence was found to be weak in one area. The mares apparently pushed on it and just stepped over. How the whole herd managed this is unclear. Whether one held it down for all to leave and all to return or whether each horse did the same maneuver to attain freedom is still known only to them.

Whatever the case, the end result was they frolicked and cavorted in our yard all night long (probably taunting my horse and sheep with their freedom.) Then just before dawn they’d return, sneaking back in the same way they got out. Only to be found standing around waiting for their breakfast grain ration looking bored and hungry. And if it weren’t for my ratting them out, they’d probably have continued doing it for quite some time.

This Percheron Draft Horse Painting was done in watercolor pencil and water soluble ink on suede board.

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The Greys

Percheron Team

Horses have always been a great love of mine. I don't actually remember, but I think a horse was quite probably the subject of that first drawing I did as a child. I read stories about them, drew them, dreamt of them, saved up my money to buy picture books and plastic figures of them.

The heavy breeds of horses have become my favorite and I am fortunate enough to have a neighbor who raises Percheron draft horses. They are living works of art with their ebony coats, thick necks and robust form. I often walk along their pasture watching them graze and delighting in the antics of each years new foals. I guess it was inevitable that at least one painting should come of that.

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The Old Bachelor

Giraffe

The male giraffe that is the subject of this painting was quite spectacular. He was considerably larger than any of the others in the enclosure. I was particularly drawn to the character of his face. I loved all the wrinkles and the graying of his balding head and I enjoyed working with the rhythms of the shapes and patterns in his coat. The negative space was also important to this work. I actually framed out my Image by how much negative space I wanted, not how much giraffe.

When I had created this giraffe painting it had been a very long time since I had a committed a giraffe to art. I had such fun doing it that I wondered why I'd not done one sooner. This old bachelor was such a great animal that I'm sure he will be the subject of many more paintings to come.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil on hot press watercolor paper.

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The Sweet Spot

Blue & Gold Macaw



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Thoroughbred Stallion

Bay Thoroughbred Stallion

This horse painting was done as a portrait of a stunning racing thoroughbred stallion named Kirkendahl. He is a tall, dark and handsome fella with a fondness for beer and peppermints.

Artistically speaking, I loved putting all the rich and vibrant colors of his coat in as well as the sheen. It is always a joy to paint portraits of truly beautiful animals.

The original horse portrait was done in watercolor pencil on suede board.

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Tough Guy

Rodeo Bull

This bull was loosely based on a rodeo bull waiting in a holding pen. I was attracted by his vivid markings and colorations. However the most important thing that I wanted to convey was a distinctive personality. I wanted "Tough Guy" in a relaxed posture but alert. His expression being an interesting combination of docility, fierceness and a certain serious dignity.

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Tree Topper

Giraffe Painting

This elegant looking giraffe is another from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA. I used much softer coloring for the background in this painting compared to my other giraffe art. I also really liked getting some vertical in as I tend to work square shaped when painting giraffes.

The original giraffe painting was done using watercolor pencils on suede board.

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Tuckered Out

Resting Foal

This was the first painting I did using suede board for my substrate and I fell in love. It has certain limitations to the abuse I usually deal out, (I tend to layer in color until my paper screams for mercy) but the suede offers a visual softness that I struggle to create on watercolor papers.

I've had the photo of this foal laying in my to do pile for nearly a decade. It wasn't until I decided to try suede that I actually used it. Sometimes it takes just the right combination of medium and substrate to make me say, "Hey, I think I'll do this one today.” And apparently suede matboard was just such a trigger.

This horse painting was done using watercolor pencils and was a nice stretch of my comfort zones. I rarely do baby animal art anyway but this little guy was just so darned cute I knew he had to be painted at some point.

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Watchful

Cheetah

A dramatic cheetah painting showcasing the elegance and beauty of this stunning African big cat. The cheetah has a cautious look back as it moves through the African savannah. I created this painting to be quite realistic but with an artistically rendered background so there is no doubt that it is a work of art.

This beautiful cheetah painting was created using mixed media of various water soluble materials including ink, water color pencils and water soluble wax pastel.

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White Rhino

White Rhino

Rhinos are such wonderful animals. As I was creating this painting I was struck how dinosaur like they actually look. Before I got too much done on his face had I put a few spikes on his forehead she could have easily passed for a tricerotops.

I created this rhino painting on suede board and used a few different kinds of water soluble media including watercolor pencils, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastels.

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Wild Things

Vibrant Colored Zebra Herd

This zebra painting is another in an exploration of a style that I currently am enjoying. It features a horizontal platform in which I add animals based not only on creating shapes and flow but also on the negative space. I love going a little wild with color at times and so really pushed the envelope with all of these vibrant purples, blues and oranges.

The original "Wild Things" zebra painting was done in a water soluble mixed media including wc pencils, ink and wax pastel.

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Wooly Bully

Wooly Haired Hereford Calf

It was the dramatic lighting that caught my attention with this sweet little calf with all the wild hair. I like how it halo'd around him, giving him an almost angelic look. And ... well ... I just really love wild hair.

This sweet little hereford calf is part of my cow art exhibition though not part of the Happy Heifer Collection.

The original cow painting was a water soluble mixed media piece done on suede board.

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Working Girls

Draft Mule Team

This watercolor pencil painting features a pair of lovely Percheron draft mules which I was able to photograph while they were taking a break from giving buggy rides at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa.

I shot over two rolls of film on them but because they were feeling quite nappy I was hard pressed to find a couple of photos without one of them yawning or with its tongue stuck out. I imagine a hard working mule just needs to take a nap when she can get it.

This is one of my favorite paintings and one of the few originals that I am keeping for myself. The original painting was done using watercolor pencils on arches watercolor paper.

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