Sandra fell in love with horses at the age of 7 and became an artist and an equestrian simultaneously. For over 25 years she has devoted herself to dressage and to her art. She was inspired to combine the two and found an art partner in Rovandio, her mother-in-law's horse.
Sandra use acrylic paint, various brushes, paint rollers, water bottles, and her hands on the canvas. The messier the better! She imagines there is a joyful, spirited horse on the blank canvas, just waiting to come to life.
You will notice that Sandra is riding Rovandio bitless and bareback. Rovandio has been trained to stay in self-carriage so that Sandra can ride one-handed with a paintbrush. Riding with just a bareback pad helps her feel the horse’s movements and concentrate on the flow of the brush strokes. The connection is more relaxed and playful when there is less equipment to get in the way.
In the zen of the moment,
living, breathing art,
brush stroke upon brush stroke,
hoofbeat upon hoofbeat.
The horse forms the artist,
the artist forms the horse,
flowing, living, breathing art.
- Bethanne Ramaglia