Equine Works and Other Animals

Terence Austin Artist Horse Power

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2

Horse Power

Equine power and precision is a constant source of inspiration for me. It always surprises me the length of time a leaping show jumper can hang in mid air. I used a more limited palette of Van Dyke browns; burnt sienna’s and umbers to help make an impact and statement of awe. This is a largish work painted in acrylics on canvas with very controlled and loose passages of paint handling.

Flying Horse

The dust, dynamic motion, the snorting nostrils, thud of hooves and then momentary silence as a horse becomes airborne delights and excites me. I have used a lot of energetic brushwork, palette knife techniques and smudging to convey the velocity of the horse and rider.  Another acrylic work completed in layers on a largish canvas.

Charitable Horses

There is a tranquil side to horses at feed and rest I find fascinating. This painting was conceived through some work with a local horse charity called Their Voice. I paid one of several visits to witness the recovery of these two creatures Sophie and Johnny English, both of whom were so badly treated in a previous existence. I used a sepia range of colour and complete range of tone to convey the muscularity and form of the animals in recovery. A 25% donation will be made from the sale price of this large acrylic work to the charity to help them fight for so many neglected horses in Portugal. This is one of my largest works on canvas painted in acrylics.

The Question

Every year, usually in the June sun, all things equestrian come to the local major town of Caldas da Rainha. Horse jumping, shows and stalls with all sorts of riding paraphernalia proliferate. It really is a fine opportunity to study the Lusitano breed of horse at close quarters. I adore the Portuguese riding costumery and I took the chance to take a couple of snaps of these ladies to form a painting in acrylic on canvas. It felt as if I was painting a Manet or Renoir.

Beach Canter

This is a picture close to my heart. It’s quite large 122 cms x 60 cms. It is an homage to the great British cinematographer Freddie Young. He was chiefly responsible for the camerawork of epic films such as Ryan’s Daughter, Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. He influenced and moved me deeply from boyhood and still today he guides a lot of my work in terms of shot composition and lighting. I used a wood panel primed with gesso ground and then an under painting of acrylic and over painting in oil.

Sleeping Dog

A lazy Labrador lazes in a garden in the village of Barrantes. There are some incredible gardens to be discovered on the Silver Coast and the rare micro-climate plays host to many exotic and delicate flowers. This is a smallish work in acrylic with a touch of whimsy, depicted on white canvas.

Pets

This is a contrived painting with a dreamlike overtone. Leica and Mulley are pets of 2 Belgian clients of mine. They wanted their animals depicted in a desert backdrop reminiscent of Arizona. I could not resist the challenge! I have been to Arizona, Nevada and California and enjoy arid desert scenery immensely. I finally did two works for them and they recommended me to another Belgian duo who ordered 2 more paintings this time in a contemporary abstract style.

Old Friend

A fondly remembered friend. This was the way this long departed but much missed pet chow was described by two of my clients. They gave me all the photos they could to bring him back in a painting of him set in an idyllic complementary autumn wood. I used a combination of oil and acrylic on canvas to meet the exactitude required for this work.

Salamander 1

Everywhere in Portugal you find small lizards basking in the heat and darting about in the shadows. I love them, they are quite cute and when they stay still long enough I like to draw them. This is a semi-abstract work done on acrylic paper with acrylic paint. It is painted over a dark umber underpainting.

Salamander 2