There’s something about the majesty and beauty of horses that have captured my imagination since I was a very little girl. I used to collect china horses figurines and dream about the day that I could have my own real horse. I remember my great uncle taking me to go see the famous Lipizzaner stallions down at the Montreal Forum and even buying me the show catalogue. I would look at that thing for hours and try drawing the horses. I never outgrew my fascination with horses and at 42 years old I finally bought my own, a rose-grey Anglo-Arab. He was only a four-year-old baby when I got him. Now, more than 15 years later, we have travelled for miles together. There are times when we are galloping across an open field, cantering down the trail, where the exhilaration I feel is spiritual. Other times, ambling (whether it’s across a carpet of snow, soft sand, moss or crushed leaves), so calming I actually feel like I’m being rocked to sleep. When I can’t sleep, I recall those times and it helps me fall sleep. Those thoughts led me to paint a series of images of women sleeping on horses. A horse could bring us dreams or “nightmares.” I wanted to do a series of paintings that would explore our relationship with horses and the mythologies surrounding that. Two of my favourite things to represent are figures and horses.
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