Paula Vernon

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I was born in 1972 in a small rural village in Norfolk, England.  As a child I always loved art, and horses, but the horses soon took up all my spare time and the art was forgotten for a while.  I loved exploring the unspoilt old English countryside of North Norfolk on horseback and fell in love with the rugged coastlines of Cornwall and Wales on family holidays.

I am now living in New Zealand with my husband and 3 young children, a dog, a cat, and 3 horses and picking up the pencil and brushes again in between family life and competing my horse.  I have fallen in love with oil painting particularly, having discovered it only a year ago, and now I am avidly pushing myself to learn more about this medium and improve my skills with it.

My favourite master equine artists are Sir Alfred Munnings and Theodore Gericault.  Munnings loved horses and the country life and spent some time in Norfolk and Cornwall, and painted the Ringland hills where my father used to play as a boy.   I like Munnings’ use of drawing with the brush and his use of colour, and how Gericault captures the power of the horse on the canvas.  My aim is to try and recreate these qualities in my own work.  You can find more of my work at my website www.vernonequineart.co.nz.  ”