Horse Hug
Oil on gessoed panel
18" x 33"

There is a special bond between a girl and her horse. I couldn’t resist this extraordinary pose ... dramatic composition with many strong diagonals, and the pretty young girl and her handsome show-ready mount in a moment of delightful tenderness. The horse’s mane has elaborate braids, and that pattern is echoed in the girl’s long golden ponytail. My favorite part is the eye-catching blue nail polish, so I used that same blue in shadows and accents throughout the painting.