I came across Stephanie Jeanne's work while visiting Bennet Galleries in Nashville a couple Saturdays ago and her bright compositions featuring the simplified figures of horses stood out to me (which says something because basically everything in Bennett Gallery is awesome).
Stephanie has spent 25 years of her life riding horse and grew up competing as a show jumper. She still rides and competes with her horses Rory and Snuffles when she can. In addition to having her work at Bennett Galleries, Stephanie also has her work in Griffin's Studio in Hopkinsville, KY. She is also a part of the Art of the Horse feature in May's issue of American Art Collector Magazine and will be part of the "Creativity Found", Volume 03 of Trouve magazine in June.
When I reached out to Stephanie to talk about sharing her work, she shared this quote from Ronald Reagan with me, "There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse." and followed by saying that, "Horses have been a significant part of my life, my soul and my well being. I only started painting them 4 years ago and found that these animals were translating onto the canvas in an authentic, soulful way, different from my previous work. However often I choose to paint different subjects, I always come back to the horse. Someone asked me recently if I am going to get sick of painting the horses that I've been working on in my current collection, and I thought...'how could I get sick of this??' I absolutely love painting them. I love the challenge of capturing them in a deliberately abstract way and I love how each piece takes on a personality of its own. My work naturally evolves over time into new styles, but for now I am in my element painting my favorite creatures on earth using vivid colors to celebrate their beauty and spirit."
However often I choose to paint different subjects, I always come back to the horse
My work naturally evolves over time into new styles, but for now I am in my element painting my favorite creatures on earth using vivid colors to celebrate their beauty and spirit.
*All images used with artist's permission and are the property of Stephanie Jeanne Hardy