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I have been a professional artist and craftsperson for many years, but recently I have focused on drawing horses. I have loved and drawn horses since I was a small child, and I am now as an adult and a sometime horse owner rediscovering this delight. I am fascinated by the complex form and beauty of the horse, and by the simultaneous combination of great power and sensitivity. I constantly learn more about them and their construction and movement.
The hallmark of my art is simple and direct mark-making which embodies my feelings and my whole being. Years of experience and intense focus are distilled into a few quick lines or marks. I like to work with charcoal or liquid medium such ink wash because they function as an extension of my hand and indeed my whole body, but I constantly push the boundaries with new media such oil or acrylic paint.
When working for a commission, I draw in an expressive, almost abstract style, using media like charcoal and ink, which enable me to work with immediacy. In this way I can express my impressions and experience of the particular subject as well as its external appearance. The result is a simple and elegant piece of art which shows the essence of the horse, whether this is a portrait drawing or whether it shows the horse’s energy in movement.
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