A Horsey Life                                                     2016

This collection explores my changing relationship with horses and how they have shaped my life. For me they represent many highs and lows, many successes and failures and most notably a longing and regret for what could have been. What was once my first love, my sport, my escape, my exercise, my social life, my obsession is now something that causes physical pain, exhaustion and regret, yet I still feed, rug and attend to horses every day. My escape is now in painting horses, I can get lost for hours in a single image and when I do all pain goes away.

My obsession with horses started early in life, I read every library book about them, got near every horse I could manage and learned everything I could. Just before I turned 13 my dreams came true and I got my first horse, the smartest, stubbornest old mare you can image who taught me heaps. Since then I have always had horses at home, have dabbled in breeding, been on the state squad, and competed at many regional, state and national championships. I have also sued over a horse that went lame 2 days after I bought it, been injured, had sick and lame horses and lost a foal.

For me horses are everyday, mundane, as recognisable and readable as people. For most they are huge scary creatures, steeped in tradition and mystery. I hope I can shape some of my love and obsession and peel back some of the mystery with these paintings.​

Composite

2016

Acrylic

Board

71cm x 28cm

 

Composite 2

2016

Acrylic

Board

71cm x 84cm

 

A Conference of Horses

2016

Acrylic

Board

142cm x 56cm

 

Dinner Time Antics

2016

Acrylic

Canvas

35cm x 70cm

 

On the Land

2016

Acrylic

Canvas

50cm  x 60cm

 

Mother

2016

Acrylic

Canvas

35cm  x 45cm

 

Pony Club

2016

Acrylic

Canvas

40.5cm x 51cm

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