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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I want to wish everyone happy holidays and healthy and prosperous new year!
Warmest regards,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Daily Riding Essentials Paintings

Okay, as promised! Here are three new little paintings. These make awesome little groupings for tack rooms or trainer/client gifts. These cute little gems will also become available as notecards and prints in the new year. So sign up for my newsletter for updates. Epona Studio Newsletter
This is a great opportunity to own an ORIGINAL painting at a super affordable price! I, also, wanted to mention that on several occasions I have had buyers miss out on purchasing a particular painting because someon got to it first. If this happens I can recreate a very similar painting, remember , these ARE originals to complete a vignette. So let me know if one of the paintings is gone and you would like the similar one and I would be happy to paint another one!
The first painting is titled Pony Brush (pictured above). This is my son's little, well used P'ferde brush for his pony, Ruby. Thats the cute little lady with my son a few years back at their first horse show!

This little gem of a painting measures 6 x 8 and is ready to pop into a frame. Acrylic on canvas panel so no glass needed! $12 + $4.65 for Priority Mail shipping guarantees holiday delivery. I can fit several of these into one envelope so I am more than happy to combine shipping!
Just click on the Buy Now button and you will be directed to Paypal for safe, secure shopping.


The second offering is titled Hoof Pick. This is familiar item for us horse people. At least it better be! ;-) This measures 6 x 8, acrylic on canvas panel. Offered for $12 + $4.65 Priority Mail shipping.


This final original painting titled Bucket& Scraper is, surprisingly :-), of a bath bucket and sweat scraper on a bright,sunny day. You can almost smell the Vetrolin! I really love the colors in this one. This is painted on a 6 x 8 inch canvas panel with acrylics. Offered for $12 plus $4.65 Priority Mail shipping.


The final order of the day are gift certificates. I have gotten several requests for portraits but I cannot fit in anymore portraits in time for holiday delivery. I CAN offer Gift certificates. These will,also, be available on my website. The Certificates offered here are for an 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas, single horse or dog (head/neck) portrait from your photo. Price is $380 and include shipping and insurance. If you need a different size, samples and/or more info please contact me at

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


One week left til Christmas! My son is chomping at the bit!! :-) I wanted to thank all of my new collectors ! I have been so busy trying to keep up with orders so my posting has gotten a bit backed up!
Tomorrow I will post 3 new small Daily Riding Essential paintings. You can pick them up with plenty of time to receive them for holiday gift giving! I have been getting requests for portraits for Christmas gifts. I do not have any spots open to have paintings completed in time for the holidays but I DO have gift certificates available! If you need one now drop me an email. Otherwise, I will post PayPal Gift Certificate button here on the blog and on my website tomorrow. I must hit that easel tonight but I did want to post an update since I have had so any inquiries! Hoe everyone is making merry and enjoying the season!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sporthorse and Bullmastiff

I have 2 more little framed prints for sale today! The first is a titled Sporthorse and is a print of a original watercolor painted by moi.The image measures 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches with a 1 1/2 inch cream mat. The frame is a thin black laquer frame. It comes complete and ready to hang or stand on a tabletop. Price is $18 + $8.00 shipping.
Click on the Buy Now button to be directed to Paypal for safe,secure shopping.

This would make a wonderful gift for that horse person in your life!

The second print is not a horse but a Bullmastiff. This is titled Waiting and is a print from a watercolor original. This image measures 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches with a 1 1/2 inch cream mat. The frame is a thin black laquer frame. It comes complete and ready to hang or stand on a tabletop. Price is $18 + $8.00 shipping.
Click on the Buy Now button to be directed to Paypal for safe,secure shopping!

Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Lip

Today's offered image is a print of an original watercolor painting titled The Lip. I so love this expression! This print comes framed in a black enameled metal frame,is behind glass and matted. The frame has a stand for propping up on a table or you can hang it. Ready for gift giving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Boston Terrier Completed

I have completed the portrait of Pugsley the Boston terrier. The owner was thrilled so that is a huge relief!! I am very happy with how it came out. So it back to painting the horses.
Now for some Thanksgiving cheer!
This is our most loved turkey, Mr Nilsen aka Nilly Gobbles. He is a broad breasted white aka a Butterball turkey. We rescued him 2 years ago from becoming someone's Thanksgiving dinner. We absolutely adore him! The second turkey is the young lady, Daisy. She is Bourbon Red and another Thanksgiving dinner refuge. We have a third hen ,Sally Sassy Lashes but no photos as of yet.As my son says... they will be coming TO Thanksgiving dinner not FOR dinner!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Candy Cane

These little paintings are selling like hotcakes and I have had a few requests for Daily Riding Essential paintings. I am happy to oblige! Don't hesitate to contact me if there is a little painting you would like to see done. I was planning to post two paintings this evening but I have a sick child that needs tending to. So I am a mom first! I will get two more paintings up tomorrow.Be sure to check back! Remember, images are clickable for an enlarged view!

I do have as promised another little holiday themed painting available tonight. This is Candy Cane and measures 5 x 7 and is painted on gessoed hardboard.It would make a great little stocking stuffer. I am also bumping up Bubbles which is still available. Each painting is priced at $12 + 4.65 for Priority Mail shipping. I can combine orders to save on shipping.
To purchase Candy Cane click on the button and you will be directed to Paypal for safe and secure shopping. Contact me for international rates.

Bubbles depicts a young Friesan having a bath.This delightful painting depicts a young horse having a bath. This painting conjures up the image of the water running UP your arms while trying to get the bath done! :-) It is 10 x 8,acrylic on canvas panel. I am offering it for $12 plus $4.65 Priority Mail shipping to the U.S. International orders, please, contact me for shipping rates.
To purchase just click the Buy Now bottom for a secure, shopping experience!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

French Snaffle

Next up is French Snaffle ....this painting depicts my most favorite bit for re-training Thoroughbreds. This is a loose ring french snaffle bit. French Snaffle is third in the Daily Riding Essentials collection. This little painting measures 6 x 8, acrylic on canvas panel. Be sure to check in for tomorrow's little gems! Another Riding Essentials painting and a second holiday themed painting will be up for grabs! This painting is $12 plus $4.65 for shipping in the U.S. Please, contact me for international shipping rates. I am more than happy to combine shipping so contact me first if you intend to make more than one purchase and I can send an invoice to reflect the discount. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


German Brush and Santa's Little Helper have been sold. The next painting up are from the Riding Essentials series is titled Polos. One of my most used pieces of equipment. A rolled up set of polo wraps are a familiar item in most rider's tack trunk. This is an original acrylic, measures 6 x 8 and is available for $12 + $4.95 for Priority Mail shipping. Contact me for international rates. I can combine shipping so contact me before ordering and I can send an invoice to reflect reduced shipping. Bubbles is still available. Scroll down for info. Enjoy!


German brush

This is the first painting of a vignette. It is titled German Brush. This was my horse's (and my most favorite brush)....a beautiful, well used leather back German body brush! This is part of a small series of paintings titles daily riding essentials. I will be posting the others during the week. They would make a great grouping hung together in a tack room! This measure 6 x 8 inches and is priced to go at $12 + $4.65 Priority Mail shipping in the U.S.
International orders please, contact me for rates. Check out the other little gems offered! These make super Christmas gifts! Just click on the Paypal Buy Now button for a safe, secure shopping experience! Don't forget I can combine orders for reduced shipping. Images are clickable for larger view.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Santa's Little Helper

Offered today is a fun holiday themed painting. This is the ORIGINAL image for this year's holiday greeting cards. A lot of fun and bit of a departure from my usual style. Today's little gem is titled Santa's Little Helper. Okay, I know we have all done this! Slapped that Santa hat on our horses..much to their embarrasment and our amusement! This is acrylic on canvas panel and measures 7 x 5 inches. This one would make a super stocking stuffer!
This little gem is offered at $12 plus $4.65 Priority Mail shipping in the U.S. Please, contant me for internaional shipping rates. Click on the Buy Now button for a safe, secure shopping experience. I am, also, happy to combine shipping so please let me know if you intend to purchase more than one item.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Some Holiday Fun!

Each day or so I will post a small, original horse painting for sale.

In these tough economic times these little gems are a wonderful, happy way to brighten the walls of any horse lover while being easy on the wallet!
This is a super and affordable way to collect original horse art for yourself or to give as a gift! It,also, helps to make room in my studio for more paintings!

The first painting being offered is called Bubbles! This delightful painting depicts a young horse having a bath. This painting conjures up the image of the water running UP your arms while trying to get the bath done! :-) It is 10 x 8,acrylic on canvas panel. I am offering it for $12 plus $4.65 Priority Mail shipping to the U.S. International orders, please, clontact me for shipping rates.
To purchase just click the Buy Now bottom for a secure, shopping experience!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Boston Terrier WIP

It back to the dogs again! This is a portrait of a delightful little fellow named Pugsley. It is still in the WIP (Work In Progress) stage but coming down the homestretch. Still have work to do on the fur, ears, nose and mouth. I am very happy with how this one is coming along. It measures 14 x 11 and is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Images are clickable for an enlarged view!
Don't forget to visit the Epona Studio Gift Shop for some great gift items for the holidays! Artwork and prints make wonderful gifts for the horse and dog fancier! Portrait gift certificates are,also, available. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or to place an order!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

That's right! The holidays are fast approaching! I have been busy loading up my Ebay store with some great prints and original artwork for the horse and dog lover!
To visit go to Epona Studio Store
I, also, have some super gift ideas at my gift shop. You will find everything from apparel to ornaments to mugs. Looking for the perfect trainer/client gift? Take a peek! You are sure t find something! I can customize just about anything so let me know what you are looking for. To visit go to Epona Studio Gift Shop

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fresian Bubbles

I am having so much fun painting these days. I have been doing a lot of plein air painting trying to capture the spectacular colors of the foliage. I am enjoying the departure from my usual studio work. I have ,also, been on the hunt for the perfect pochade box. I have been researching all over the web and keep coming back to Alla Prima Pochades. They are made by a woodworker named Ben Hagget aand he was a pleasure to do business with. I ordered the 8 x 10 Bitterroot box last week.

My 9 year old son joins me with his little cigar box. I have a little artist in the making!
I have been doing a few horse paintings each week. This one I completed last night. It is an 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas panel. Titled Fresian Bubbles. Image is clickable! SOLD

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Studio News

My newest painting is the cute little foal having a good scratch. Hmmm..sounds like a good title! A Good Scratch. This is part of a Wet Canvas challenge to paint 15 animal paintings in 3o days. This one is the result of Thursday night's session. This is acrylic on 8x10 canvas panel. Don't forget the images are clickable for an enlarged view.
Lots of good stuff going on these days. I had a very successful month exhibiting at a local cafe. So successful that my work will be staying up for October. I have a lot of smaller pieces and framed prints with a less expensive price point than my larger watercolors and acrylics and they are moving very nicely. So if you are in town for some leaf peeping be sure to stop into the Bakla Java Cafe on E. Main in Pawling,NY. for a nice latte! Bakla Java is also a supporter of the ArtEast Dutchess County Open Studio Tour at the end of October. So it a really nice bonus to have my work displayed there for the studio tour.

Off to enjoy this gorgeous day!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Watercolor Canvas

It has been a while since my last post but I have been BUSY! This latest piece that I have been working on has been so interesting. I did this on Fredrix watercolor canvas and I have to say I had a love/hate thing going on with this support. It definitely requires a different technique but I played around and ended up with this, as yet, untitled painting. Names please!!! I ended up really enjoying working with this support. This measures 16 x 12 and is watercolor on canvas. I'll be varnishing it tonight and it will be available for purchase on my website.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Show Jumper Completed!

I have just about completed this painting. I have a couple of more things I need to tweak and then it goes off to be framed. I think I may display this up at HITS for the Art Gala next week. I am happy with how this came out. I wanted to keep it loose and very colorful. This is acrylic, 24 x 20 on canvas and titled Flying Colors. Comments always welcome. I have a studio sale on Ebay this week. I will be listing a few prints. So be sure to check them out!
Ebay sale

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Showjumping WIP 3

Just a quick update as I am feeling under the weather today.
I worked on this a bit on the weekend so here is the next installment. Coming close to completion. I think I will title this one Flying Colors. I am going to keep it loose and colorful. Suggestions for titles and comments aways welcome! Click on on the image to enlarge. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Showjumping WIP (Work In Progress)

I have been working on this painting for the HITS Art Gala and Exhibitor Mixer in Saugerties,NY. The opening reception is on July 24 and I am thriled tohave been invited to participate.
The painting measures 24 x 20 and is acrylic on canvas. I am trying to keep this loose and colorful. I have about an hour and half into this and I am hoping to have it completed by the end of the weekend. I am really starting to enjoy working large like! I have been working hard at stretching myself as an artist and move away from my previous style of hyper-realism. This style suits me much better. Feel free to comment! Click on images for a larger view..

Watercolor WIP

WIP #2 (WIP-Work In Progress) of The Training Scale series. I managed to get the whole painting in this time! I am happy with how this coming along. I should have it completed by this weekend.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

I was so thrilled to find out that Arlene at the wonderful horse blog Grey Horse Matters has found my site worthy of the Arte y Pico Award! Thank you so much!

I am passing this along to the following five blogs that I try and read everyday.I find them inspiring and I really appreciate that these folks take the time to share their knowledge and passions! Thanks!

The blog of artist Marcia Robinet is one of my favorites. She shares so many tips of the trade and her artwork is exquisite!
The Extraordinary Pencil

I love the artwork of artist Linda Shantz. She really captures the essence of the horse.. Wonderful inspiring blog!
Linda Shantz Blogspot

at her blog devoted to my most favorite subject... The Horse.
Behind the Bit

The blog of artist Larry Seiler is another one of my favorites. He is a wonderful painter and teacher. I have been inspired by him to paint looser and ,well, to just paint!!
Painting From Life

This one is the blog of
London artist Tina Mammoser and it is just brilliant!
The Cycling Artist

The designer of this award has asked that the following be passed along with it:

The origin of the Arte y Pico Award: "This prize has arisen from the daily visits that I dedicate to many blogs which nourish me and enrich me with creativity.
In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain me day to day and to share this prize with those who enrich me every day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few. The people I will name today deserve this prize, as do the very long serious list of bloggers I also enjoy to read. But I will name the first 10 and leave the rest of the work to all the bloggers that visit other's blogs and are nourished by them."

Here are the rules, if you decide to pass the award further to remarkable blogs in blogosphere worth to mention:

The rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Please include a link to the “Arte Y Pico” blog so that everyone will know where the award came from.
5. Show these rules.

Thank you!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Le Cadeau Du Cheval Panel Finished!

I am finally done. This panel has been a real challenge for me. But I am finished and it will be sent of to Canada today. The mural is looking awesome. If you haven't checked it out recently go have a peek! This is panel 156. The title is.. Shall We Dance?
The mural will be officially unveiled at Spruce Maadows in September.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Le Cadeau du Cheval (WIP)

I have officially jumped in with both feet and have some nice progress with this painting. I hope to have it completed in a couple of days. My inspiration came from the title of this mural project The Horse Gift. I am dedicating this to my ex-dressage partner, G who was "my gift". He taught me so much listen to the horse and to trust myself. He is a true gift. We had a very special relationship.

The painting is still in that ugly stage but you have the basic idea. Be sure to check out the progress of the mural. Panels are being o=posted to the grid and it is very exciting to see how it coming along!
Le Cadeau du Cheval Mural

Monday, June 09, 2008

Le Cadeau Du Cheval

I have been working on my panel for Le Cadeau Du Cheval.I a trying to avoid at other artist's interpretations of these purple panels so that I am not influenced but the work of others. I hear there are LOTS of these purple panels and I am really looking forward to seeing them! But first I need to finish mine. The first image is of the panel I received and the second is the sketch of the horse I will be painting. My ex Dressage partner ,G, is my influence for this painting. I have already transferred my sketch to the panel but I haven't taken a photo of it yet. I have a few more hours to go on this so I will add WIPS over the next few days.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nifty marketing ideas!

Nicker Stickers! I was surfing around the web few weeks ago and came across a store called Nicker Stickers that sells these really cool vinyl animal decals.. Now I am always brainstorming new ways to market my art and I saw that they can be customized. I thought this would be great on the back window of my car with my business name and website address. I could have some free advertising. I live in a REALLY horsey area so I figured I might as well put my car to work for me!! I ordered my decal and the first day..I had someone inquire about my art. They saw the decal on my car and they caught up with me in the Post Office and it resulted in the sale of 2 prints! The decal is done really well and it can be customized for a horse or dog business. Anine Colaire is the owner/artist and she does a wonderful job. Highly recommended! So without further ado here is a photo of my Nicker Sticker Decal!!

I would love to here of novel marketing ideas from you guys! Any unique ideas that have resulted in sales and exposures! Please, comment and share!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dressage Watercolor WIP

I have been feeling compelled to do Dressage paintings these days. Here is a WIP (Work In Progress) of a horse in half pass. It is part of my Training Scale series. This one I think will be titled Supple. I have completed Connection and Collection. Next will be Forward and Straight. Voila the training scale! You Dressage people know what I am talking about. I naturally did this one so that is slightly too large for my scanner! I have his ears and tail cut off and a few inches from the bottom. But you can get the idea. I plan to finish this tonight. So will post the final this weekend.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

And Now Art and Horse News Posts!

Due to the overwhelming response to my newsletter (which contains art and horse related material and is available via snail mail or by email) I have decided to incorporate both horse and art related articles and links of interest here in my blog! If you would like to subscribe to my email newsletter go to Subscribe
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As so many of you horse people may know there have been an alarming amount of horse fatalities in the sport of eventing lately. Most of them involving rotational falls. This article written by world class rider Jimmy Wofford is one of the BEST articles I have read on the subject.. I encourage everyone to read this thoughful and well written article. Jim Wofford:Eventing Lives In The Balance

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Le Cadeau Du Cheval

I am very pleased to announce that I have been invited to participate in a mural project called Le Cadeau Du Cheval (The Horse Gift). The unveilinbg is schedule for the fall of 2008 at Spruce Meadows. You can watch the mural coming together as panel are completed here ... Mural Grid.
For more info on this very exciting project go to Le Cadeau Du Cheval .
I will be posting updates as things begin to unfold!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Painting Sketch

My latest painting sketch for my Daily Ridng Essential Collection. This is a quick acrylic sketch of my favorite leather backed German body brush. The horse LOVE this brush. M graham acrylics on canvas panel. Measures 6 x 9.
Available for purchase $35 includes shipping!
To purchase

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gypsy Vanner Update

I am calling this one done! I need do a little more detail work around the eye and then I will varnish. I am including some close-up photos so you can see the brushwork on the legs.
This is measures 24 X 24, acrylic on triple primed hardboard.You can click on the images to see enlarged views. Available for sale.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mare and Foal WIP (Work in Progress)

I have been working quite a bit in the studio lately. I found myself tending to the business side of being an artist and neglecting my painting time!

I broke out the watercolors and started laying down the initial glazes of this painting of a mare and foal. My reference picture has brilliant azaleas behind the horses and it is such a feast for the eyes in color. The paper is a bit large for my scanner so I apologize for the unintentional crop job! This measures 11 x 14 , M Graham Watercolors (my favorite) n 140 lb Arches Hot Press paper. As always comments welcome!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Gypsy Vanner ~ Almost Finished!

I am out of the ugly stage with this painting.It is taking me a bit longer than usual to get this done because I needed to get my Glory of Horses panel done. I spent a few hours on this today and now I have reached the point where I look at it for a few days and see where it needs to be tweaked. I do apologize for the awful photo! The flash has washed out the color in the mane and tail. Comments welcome!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Gypsy Vanner

I am having fun with this one. Changing things around playing with the background and sky. I hope to have this completed this evening. I do apologize for the glare!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Glory of Horses Panel

It was quite scary laying down the paint and trying not to obscure the main lines and colors that are part of the original panel. I painted very loosely. If you scroll down you can see the panel that I had to work with. I am pretty happy with this. I will look at it for the next couple of days to see if there is anything that needs tweaking. Then it will be varnished and off it goes. I was very nervous starting this one! But doing the happy dance now that it is just about completed!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ready to paint the panel!

I have "found" the painting in my Glory of Horses panel. I saw it as soon as I opened up the box. Here I have lightly sketched it onto the panel. Hopefully, you can see it.. You can click on the image to enlarge! I plan to use the same palette that I used in the painting Baroque 3. The official unveiling for this incredible project at the Midwest Horse Fair, in Madison, Wisconsin April 18-20, 2008. The "Glory Of Horses" will be then go on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum, at Churchill Downs from about April 24 through about May 11, 2008!! The "Kentucky Derby" is May 3, 2008! Updates for the world tour will be announced. To see a sample of a similar mural check these out Murals.


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