Snowdrift Studio is my place for the creation of unique model horse artwork. I specialize in hand painting highly detailed model horses with oil paints. I started my equine art career as a youngster (my Mother was a professional artist), then furthered my extensive training in fine art & photography education in college, and worked as a horse portrait artist for over 20 years in Ontario, Canada. I primarily worked with oils, pastels & drawing, also producing equine prints and showing in commercial galleries as well. In addition, I owned, trained and showed my own Arabian horses.
My grandmother owned a small craft and gift store called “The Doll House”, which sold Breyer model horses. I was born with an intense love of horses, playing endlessly with my models, and I learned to manage the Breyer account for the store, as a teenager.
In 2000, my art career transitioned into full time horse show photography and equine graphic design, and I have worked at the international level as an official horse show photographer.
In 2014 Breyer Animal Creations, a division of Reeves International, purchased one of my photographs of the Clydesdale stallion, SBH Phoenix for the packaging of their portrait model of him. This reignited my love of model horses! I began using my existing art skills to paint models and artist’s resin sculptures, which have been very well received, and even won many model show championships, including national championships at the North American Nationals (NAN) show in Kentucky.
In 2020 & 2021, I went through a juried selection process, and was accepted to participate in the BreyerFest Virtual Artisan Gallery, joining exceptional artists, sculptors, and model horse related artisans.
Having owned horses for about 30 years has shaped my style of realism. With the perspective of being a horse person myself, my goal is always that the horse must look great in anything that I create.
Its PASSION. Plain and simple. Passion for that magnificent creature called horse is what makes me. I was born with that passion, and it has lead me on paths and to places that I never expected. I see the beauty and humble spirit of the horse, and that drives me to create in multiple mediums. I really can't help it, I just have to do it! This passion has shaped my life in all its facets, mentally, spiritually & physically, but most of all creatively. I'll use anything really, to express what the horse expresses to me, and through me. I am honoured and thrilled to be a part of the BreyerFest Artisan Gallery!
I'm always keen for a challenge, so its no surprise that difficult dapple coat patterns are most intriguing to me. I work mostly by commission, creating special one of a kind dream horse models, or portrait pieces for my clients, all individually by hand. I also sometimes offer finished models outside of commissions. My career path has followed a rather circular route, bringing me back now to my artistic roots, but horses will always remain as my central core.