"Ode To Don" - 11" x 14" - Oil on Canvas - Discription:3 horses at Dawn
"Brady & Dugout" - 30" x 24" - Oil on Canvas - Discription-Roper with sorrel mare under mesquite tree
I have spent a lifetime watching the beauty of the horse. Having been raised on a cattle ranch in ND, I cherish vivid memories of our life, from moving cattle, gathering our band of pasture bred Quarter Horses, watching the skill of family members, and spying herds of deer and antelope move across the prairie. I recall long summers of riding and gathering, to evenings of talking about bloodlines and breeding.
The top line is easily recognized from a distance by horsemen; this subtle sweep from wither to the croup, sets the language in motion as to what a horse was bred to do. The top line also leads the eye, revealing pushing power of the hind quarters, short under belly for speed or the length of the stride in the angle of the shoulder. This body of work was written conceptually first, as a miniseries of the little wild ones. It was then followed by family and friends. Finally, it ends with my band of mares and their foals in big country, giving Rubenesque lines and shadows to the shallow cooling creek in which they are standing.
Horses have a fluid, sensuous movement that lend themselves well to oils being pushed around by a 3/8" filbert or 1/4" flat brush; these I hold in a bundle in my left hand, interchanging with the warm or cool colors of my selective palette that my right hand mixes and paints. These canvases have been covered multiple times with paint, just as the horse has covered this beautiful country we, too, travel through in our lifetime.
This body of work attempts to share the feeling of long ago and the "like it was just yesterday" memories of the horse. As eloquently as the shadow holds the light, an attempt was made in an abstract representational manner, to capture the spirit of the soul of the horses' elegant language.
TM Weekes Charlton
Artist, Painter, CWU Graduate, Ranch & Farm Wife, Mom, Friend, Horseman
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