Not long ago, I was commissioned by Colleen to paint a portrait of her beloved dressage horse, Beausoleil. Avid competitors, the pair were named alternates for New Brunswick's gold medal winning dressage team at the 2012 Canadian Interprovincial Championships.
As the owner of Pinehill Stable in Moncton, horses are an important part of Colleen's life. When Beausoleil passed away, his death had a huge impact on her and the loss of her treasured gelding was heartbreaking.
To honour his memory and pay tribute to a wonderful horse, it was decided a custom portrait would be the perfect choice. A photo taken during one of the pair's horse shows was selected for it's fond memories of happier times. With his mane neatly braided and his coat gleaming, Beausoleil poses proudly after a job well done.