Recently commissioned by Charissa from Grand Prairie, Alberta, I was asked to paint her lovely chestnut mare, Fancy. Now the third portrait I’ve had the pleasure of creating for this client, it was an honour to be asked to paint her beloved barrel racer, who Charissa unfortunately had to say goodbye to a year and half ago.
For those of you not as familiar with barrel racing – I know I’ve touched on hunters, jumpers and dressage horses a fair bit – in this sport, horse and rider race to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. Exciting to watch and even more thrilling to ride, this event (like most equine competitions) requires a strong connection between horse and rider.
To honour Fancy’s memory, Charissa had a few items created – a horsehair bracelet (made from a piece of Fancy’s tail) and a horse hair pottery vase – both commissioned from other vendors, as well as this custom portrait.
While nothing can ever replace her exceptional mare, I hope Charissa can find comfort in these special pieces and I’m happy to have been able to contribute.