Horse Portrait

Reference Photograph

client photo for a horse portrait

Portrait Information

Painting size: 30 x 60 cm (12" x 24")
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Year of Completion: 2017
Country: Ireland

About the Commission

This painting was commissioned by a returning client from county Limerick. She is a horse trainer and sees her horses come and go. She wanted to remember Woodenfarm Milly by having her portrait painted. I worked in acrylics as usual at a long portrait size of 30 x 60cm. The reference photos were excellent and provided me with a lot of information to use in the painting. For the background I used some simple shading to create a backdrop to the horse.
Linda, the client, described Milly to me before I started painted and that helped a lot when trying to convey that glint in her eyes. This is what she said: "She was happy, loved her food and always tried her best for you in a competition. But Milly was also a very determined lady! If asked a task in training and she was not in the mood for doing it she´d quite angrily stamp her front hoof in the ground. You could never tell Milly what to´d ask...gently! But as we got to know each other better and better with time there were few things in the training that she´d object to. She was also unbelievably good with the children, almost like she was minding them whenever they were around."

Client Feedback

"Hi Ivana! Just wanted to send a photo of your wonderful painting of Milly, framed and up on the wall! The framemakers were even admiring it today when I picked it up!
Thank you so much, could not have a better memory of Milly!
Regards, Linda"
Linda, Limerick, Ireland

The Completed Framed Portrait

framed painting

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