Alright - I am new to this!! Haha - how hard can it be, right??
I guess I will start out with a little story - pretty much about how I got to this point. I will leave out all of the boring stuff, so this will be a short story! I am 26 years old, living in Campbell River, BC on beautiful Vancouver island. I have been here for 2 and a half years. I like to draw... so much so in fact, that I would like to be an artist when I grow up. Seeing as I have decided it is time to grow up, I have also decided it is time to be a little more proactive in my attempt to make a name for myself in the wonderful world of equine art. My work was not getting seen sitting hidden in sketchbooks and portfolios collecting dust in a room. I have started my own Facebook group dedicated to my work and have made some wonderful contacts over that last little while.
I have always been fascinated by horses. It wasn't until high school that I really began to discover myself artistically. I was the girl who always drew horses and that always seemed to worry me a bit. well - it did until grade 11. It was late in the school year and one day at the end of the class, my art teacher pulled me off to the side and told me that a fella who framed pictures and had a small gallery in his home had seen some of my work up in a local restaurant that our class had pieces displayed in. He left my art teacher his card because he had wanted me to do some pieces up for the cowboy poetry and art exhibition later that summer. The nicest part was that I was the only one in the whole art program that got that opportunity!! I was fairly successful there. i sold just about everything I took! Well, he had eventually moved back to England and I just got so wrapped up in school and then started to work and party after graduating. I let my art fall by the wayside, only stopping every now and then to do a 'doodle' here or there.
In 2005, I met a nice guy at a jobsite. He returned to Campbell River and I came to visit him that August. I brought some sketching materials with me and while he was at work, I sat out in the sun in his back yard and went on to do 7 or 8 of the best pieces I had ever done up to that point. there was just something so inspiring and comfortable about this place that I couldn't deny. So, the following June, I loaded up my Ford Ranger and made the long drive from Edmonton Alberta to Campbell River.
The hardest part about doing the sort of work that I do here is that this isn't the same atmospere as Alberta. You see more art done of boats and birds and water than you do of horses. My goal for 2009 is to get horses out there!! I might have an advantage being one of the only artists in this town to draw horses so it would be unique and people will eat it up!! OR it just won't fly!! There is only one way to find out!
I hope to "chronicle" my journey as an 'up and coming' artist here in this blog. If not up and coming, them coming and going!!