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I am a professional artist and craftsperson based in Scotland. I trained at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and the Glasgow School of Art. I specialize in equestrian art and I work in a loose and expressive style. This enables me to directly access my own feelings as mirrored in the amazing creature that is the horse. Often I show horses in their full movement and energy, but sometimes I like to show them in repose, quietly communicating and enjoying the space between each other.
I work in charcoal and also in colour using acrylic or oil paint. The oil studies shown in this entry depict a young Australian warmblood horse, both as a yearling and more mature. The spirit of this young horse is a muse for me and I never tire of trying to capture his energy and strength as well as the multitude of colours in his coat.
My book “Draw Horses in 15 Minutes” (Ilex/Octopus) was published in 2015. I run workshops based on the method described in the book, which explores general art techniques and also specific detail on equine anatomy.
For further information about my work, including workshops and original commissions, please visit my website www.dianahand.com. Contact