Painted Dreams Studio

"Making Equine Art Your Lifestyle"

ABOUT  THE  ARTIST

                        

                           

                                

                              The artist with Paint bred mare "The Colour Of Love"

Born in Newcastle NSW, Australia I have been drawing & painting horses since the age of 3.  I spent my school age years in Auckland, New Zealand, taking Art as a subject at High School, preferring to draw horses instead of the usual projects.  At 13 I entered a pencil drawing of my first pony in a magazine competition & won 2nd prize.  I sold my first horse sketch at 15, then went onto sell & exhibit my work from there, using 6B pencils, coloured pencil & oil pastels at that time.  In 1983-1984 I completed a course in Showcard, Ticketwriting & Calligraphy at TAFE Newcastle, NSW.  Now I paint full-time from home, realising my dream at last.

Enrolling in a short course in 1996 I discovered soft pastels &  was hooked.  Pastels are wonderful for portraying the beauty of the horse, they capture the softness & reality of these gorgeous animals.  In 1997 I began private tuition in oils & also enjoy using this medium.  I use acrylics when painting the fluoro ponies, as I love colour!  Other subjects I like to paint are landscapes, both in pastel & oils, as well as fantasy depicting unicorns, dragons & faeries - a fascination I have had since I was a child. 

Inspiration for my paintings comes from a variety of sources, sometimes dreams & other times from the beauty that surrounds me - in the unique flora & fauna of our native Australian bush and my love for all things equine.

I have won over 70 awards in regional shows, many times the recipient of People's Choice Award, Champion & Reserve Champion Painting.  One of my equine paintings has gone on to be the featured artwork on a Texan wine label, giving me exposure across US. Many of my pieces are private collections across Australia, New Zealand, and overseas.

For many years I competed successfully in the show ring with Paint & Quarter Horses. I live on a farm on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia with my partner, 3 dogs & 6 horses - (4 Paints & 2 Palominos).  Commissions accepted worldwide.

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 Below is a watercolour I painted when I was 13, I was crazy about coloured horses long before I owned them.

                     

                                            "SKEWBALD  PONY" - 10"x12"

              

Photo taken in 1970 by my father at a horse riding ranch in Kerikeri NZ - my first ride on a Pinto horse, I was about 8 years old at the time.

                           Do not go where the path may lead .......

                                   go instead where there is no path

                                   & leave a .......trail.

                                                         Emerson

                                                   EXHIBITIONS NSW   

1999 TRAPPINGS OF THE HORSE - Group Exhibition, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree                                                                                                                                                                             2003 A DAY IN THE COUNTRY - Group Exhibition, Killabakh                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2008 LOWER NORTH COAST PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRIZE - Manning Regional Gallery, Taree                                                                                                                                                                     2010 UPPER LANSDOWNE THEATRE PLAYERS & ART EXHIBITION - Upper Lansdowne                                                                                                                                                             2010 BLUE SKIES, DRAGONFLIES & ROSES - The Morland Gallery, Wingham

2010 THE FIFTH ELEMENT - Your Home Choices, Forster NSW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2011 SOLO EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree

2011 VARIATIONS - Group Exhibition, Your Home Choices, Forster

2011 CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree

2012 A TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point NSW

2012  A  TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Wootton NSW

2012 HAPPY HOLIDAYS - Group Exhibition - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW

2013 BRUSHES WITH LIFE - Group Exhibition - Taree NSW

2013 CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW 

2014 YEAR OF THE HORSE - Solo Exhibition - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW

2014 MANNING VALLEY HORSE HEALTH & MANAGEMENT EXPO EQUINE ART - Group Exhibition - Wingham NSW 

2015 MANNING VALLEY PERFORMANCE HORSE ASSN EQUINE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - Group Exhibition - Taree NSW