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Mary Snape BA Gen Hons
In my paintings I aim to demonstrate the form and shape of the horse at rest and in action using light to emphasise muscle formation and line. I use gouache in the main and when painting grey horses I often use grey paper.Iam happiest painting thoroughbreds because their lines are so clean and their presence dramatic. I grew up with ponies and owned my own thoroughbred. Having ridden, groomed and cared for horses I am familiar with all the different textures and skeletal framework beneath.
Where possible I do sketch from life but often reference from photographs taken by myself.I want to convey the excitement of movement and communicate my passion for the subject. When attending the Lowther Driving Trials I used my camera to capture the skill of drivers and teams negotiating the obstacles and then produced a series of paintings from that foundation. From a tour of the National Stud I have sketches of foals. This Spring I spent a day at Carlisle Racecourse collecting material for some studies of racehorses. My latest sequence features horses after the race cooling down and relaxing.
I do undertake commissions and sell my work mainly in the Fountain Gallery in Cumbria. I can be contacted on