Southland has a rich racing culture, whether it be Harness or Gallops. The industry is home to many strong and hard-working Southland people. My love for racing began when I moved to Southland and I have been hooked ever since. There is something about the power and beauty of the horses that I work with every day that reflects upon Southland itself. The horse is honest, hard working and maybe a little rough around the edges. They race fiercely on the track and give their all to everything that they do. There is something about the strength and vanity of horses that draws me in. An incredibly powerful yet honestly trusting animal that will give you their heart and be a companion for life, much like the people of Southland.
The painting itself holds a lot of energy within its brush strokes, layers and layers of paint and pastel built up to create a vast variety of hills and valleys on the canvas. I wanted to celebrate this beautiful animal and the industry it stands for in a visual way that not only represents the beauty and ruggedness of the horse, but that of Southland too.
For a long time, I have been entranced by Marcia Baldwin’s paintings. The way that she captures the true nature and beauty of the animals she paints is truly incredible to me. She paints with such fluidity, with every stroke forging its own path through the layers of paint on the canvas. She also paints with such conviction, not afraid to add a stroke in fear of it being out of place. This is what inspires me to paint the way that I do, every line tells a story of the painting's creation.