This past Fall, I was commissioned to do a full body portrait of a lovely grey mare named Faye. The portrait was intended as a combined birthday and early Christmas gift for owner Petra from her son, Justin.
We met on a sunny afternoon to discuss what Petra had in mind for the portrait of her mare. Over time, Faye’s coat had transitioned from a darker grey with prominent dapples to a mostly flea-bitten coat with some dappling on her legs. Wanting to showcase her mare’s fabulous dapples, it was decided we would “turn back the clock” and paint Faye as she looked a few years ago. A photo taken just before dusk where Faye is boarded provided a loose reference for the soft pink sky and late autumn setting.
All in all, a classy portrait of a wonderful mare Petra can enjoy for years to come.