Dressage is a discipline of horse and rider requiring extreme strength, grace, balance and will. It is often associated with the famous white Lipizzaners of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.
I chose to pay homage to this in my sculpture, MAESTRO. In studying the horse I found that proportionally the horse in this gesture approximated the Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion in mathematics.
“I am an artist.. It’s self-evident that what that word implies is looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the opposite of saying, ‘I know all about it. I’ve already found it.’ As far as I'm concerned, the word means, ‘I am looking. I am hunting for it, I am deeply involved.’ ”
-Vincent Van Gogh
Sir Alfred Munnings ranks as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. His painterly style and palette are unique in their ability to express emotion and movement.
This sculpture is taken from his painting “Ned Osborne on Grey Tick,” depicting his groom exercising a horse near his studio in Lamorna, Cornwall.
I chose one aspect of this painting to study, that of gesture. Look at how Ned rides this big horse, full of energy, bareback with one hand on the reins, all with such confidence and balance. Ned looks to the viewer and invites us in as he moves forward quickly through the picture plane.
The cutting horse is typically an American Quarter Horse, bred and trained for cutting, a modern equestrian competition requiring a horse to separate a single cow from a heard of cattle and to prevent it from going back into the herd.
I chose this stance to exemplify the athleticism required of the horse to “work” the cow. Oftentimes these horses are almost on the ground in order to manipulate the cow’s movements.
This sport has its roots in the historic cattle ranching industry, where horses with specialized cattle-handling skills were crucial for the working cowboy who had to cut a single cow from a large herd in order to brand and vet it.
11"H x 24"W x 15"D
(28 x 61 x 38 cm)
Bronze (Cire perdue)
Having been trained first as an architect and photographer, Diana has the vantage point of an intimacy with space and nature, which is made evident through her use of a bold stroke and a quick eye.
Diana’s bronzes are found in gardens throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa as well as private collections.
Bull Run Barn Studio and Gallery