Statement

The allure of the horse and the horse-human relationship are a constant source of inspiration for me. Humankind domesticated horses for use — as sustenance, beasts of burden, instruments of war and status symbols — and yet, it is the archetypal image of a horse galloping free that captivates our imagination most profoundly. Horses themselves are creatures of paradox; their qualities encompassing strength and sensitivity tie in with my fascination with the concept of complementary opposites.

I perceive art as a tool for documenting as well as expressing. Curiosity and an interest in realism motivated me to delve into the worlds of equine anatomy, biomechanics, and ethology, for I not only admire the raw beauty of horses, but wish to understand their true nature and the gulf that still exists between us and them. Whether I am observing feral Pottoka ponies in northern Extremadura in Spain, or taking a preserved hoof in my hands to examine it more closely, firsthand experience is immensely valuable. Learning is a lifelong process, an attitude which I maintain in my artistic development as well.

From prehistoric cave paintings to the Land art movement, one of the aspects of the human condition that art history reflects is the interrelationship between humanity and the natural world — ongoing even in the dynamic Information Age. As our relation with nature is multifaceted, so too is our relation with horses, and it is this that I have dedicated myself to depicting and exploring.

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