I was recently commissioned to paint a portrait for Kristin from Virginia Beach of her horse Charleston. A handsome chestnut hunter/jumper, this sweet boy had unfortunately passed away. A portrait of her wonderful gelding was just the thing Kristin was looking for to honour her beloved equine partner and have as a memento of their time together.
A simple and classic pose for this head shot was chosen to reflect the conservative yet elegant tradition of the hunter/jumper ring. Charleston's glowing chestnut coat was a joy to paint, from the warm highlights to the deeper rust coloured shadows. His curious and gentle expression is telling of his sweet personality.
Cherished and loved, Charleston no-doubt led a happy life. His portrait will serve as a tribute to a wonderful horse Kristin can treasure for years to come.