Having collected books on horses and horse paintings all my life,I feel well qualified to say that this is the best book on equine art to be published since George Stubbs in the 18th-century! Packed with superb paintings past and present, the author does not just tell you that these paintings are great, and why, but she shows you how to achieve similar effects yourself. The most beautiful and noblest of animals is shown in all its splendid manifestations, whether a thoroughbred race horse or a child's pony, a steeplechaser or a fox hunter, a cowhorse or a wild stallion, a show horse or a working farm horse, their variety is infinite, and this is a superb collection of the finest examples of the art.
But it is not just the horse itself that is so beautifully shown and explained. Equine painting is still painting first, and she shows you how to incorporate the animal in its natural surroundings to make a whole picture. Whether on a western plain, in the winner's circle, or grazing in a Virginia paddock, the horse stands on the earth. With the author's sound guidance in the most important aspects of any good painting - good drawing, basic anatomy, form, space, design, perspective, color, and light and shade enlivening the sleek texture of glistening coat and flowing mane and tail, she shows you how to paint or draw a horse in its whole context, as a complete picture, and not just, as so often happens, a colored silhouette floating insecurely in space, without solid connection with the ground or with the light and atmosphere around it. If you are an artist who loves this most beautiful of animals, you must have this book! It has only one fault: I wish it could be twice as long, for there is something valuable to be learned on every page.