Harnessing the Power of the Equine
Call her a horse whisperer if you would like – a connection from deep within the psyche of artist and subject – a spark ignited by the look in the eye of an equine friend or resonating from the play of dancing flickers of light or faint shadows. A magical interaction, this undeniable spark, igniting an idea for a work of art to become a masterpiece of divine expressiveness.
The Subject of Horses
As a gifted and accomplished equine artist, Adeline Halvorson’s passion for animals, in particular draft horses and dogs, has always been nourished by a bond which far exceeds the idea of the observer and the observed. Sitting at the kitchen table as a youngster, Adeline was seldom without a pencil and paper. She often drew horses, always from her imagination. Growing up on a farm in western Canada, animals were never far away, and her years of riding and grooming horses had provided her with intimate knowledge of her favourite subject matter. This special bond has served her well in her creative paintings, bringing these animals to life on canvas, enticing the viewer with an esoteric experience of the senses – the horses’ manes realistic to touch, the sound of their hooves resonating in the ear as they stir up the dust on the Prairies, the exquisite shapes and muscle movements rippling under Adeline’s well-worn brush. "I paint the subjects that are true to my heart, and definitely believe the words of Sir Winston Churchill: ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ I love painting the texture of the harness and the various buckles, spots and rings," she says. "When working from live models, I used to enjoy getting to know the animal as I worked on it, and was always surprised how I could easily get them to turn their head back to a certain position while I worked."
left, One of the Boys, acrylic on linen, 10" x 8" above, Home Sweet Home, acrylic on linen, 48" x 24"