2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean.
2020 has been a productive time for me. So much time alone gave me the creative space to develop ideas and reflect on my artwork. During this time I worked in a variety of genre including equine art, still life, landscapes, and children at the beach. I have learned new techniques in watercolor, expanded my equine sculpture repertoire, explored new mixed media techniques, and “took a deep dive” into learning how to paint beaches, waves, and the ocean. With so much creative expression, I’ve found limited time to write about my artwork. In these next blog posts I will discuss several new works I have completed since the quarantine in March.
Returning from Mexico in early March, I was bursting with ideas for paintings while also devoting much time to bringing my horse back into condition after two months of winter downtime. During this time of living and breathing “horse,” I painted four new equine compositions.
The narrative painting HEADED HOME began the equine series, telling the story of the partnership between a horse and his cowboy working together to get the herd home before a storm. It was accepted and exhibited at “A Splash of Colorado,” Colorado Watercolor Society’s annual juried summer exhibition. Featured in an earlier blog post, I discuss my painting process with demo photos. READ ABOUT HEADED HOME Available for purchase: PURCHASE
LITTLE DANCER was inspired by the talented Lipizzan foals bred each year by TEMPEL FARMS. This painting celebrates the long tradition of classical dressage. The explosion of color and rich texture visually portray the young Lipizzan’s joy of movement that develops into a repertoire of haute école movements celebrated by classical dressage schools worldwide.
Building on this theme, FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE, shows the elegant shift in balance a dressage horse makes through years of progressive training. A young horse carries 60% of his weight on his forehand. With careful training to develop strength and carrying power, a grand prix dressage horse learns to engage his abdominal muscles, lower his hindquarters, and shift his weight, carrying 60% on his hind end. The resulting shift creates enormous power, suspension in his movement, and elevated gaits. His withers rise, his neck arches, and he carries his poll as the highest point. FROM BABY STEPS TO PIAFFE expresses equine nobility, grace, and stature. PURCHASE LINK
As Monarch’s conditioning improved, we worked toward strengthening and balancing the canter in preparation for performing the flying change of lead. I took my arena focus into the studio, painting OUT OF THE WEST. In this composition, a violet horse bursts from the picture plane directly into your living room. Watercolor, framed size 16″ x 20″ $350, PURCHASE LINK
Paintings selected by juror, Sheri Farabaugh for 21th Annual Colorado Visions Exhibition of Art
May 1-31, 2018
Opening Reception May 10, 5:30-7:30
Westminster City Hall; 4800 W. 92nd Ave; Westminster, CO
Below is a short background to the paintings, “No Hoof; No Horse” and “Orchid’s Glow.”
No Hoof; No Horse
tells the story of skill and craft behind the farrier’s art of hot shoeing. A farrier carefully trims each hoof, then shapes each horseshoe to ensure comfort, balance, and performance. Skilled work by talented farriers enhance the movement of sport horses, provide therapy for rehab horses, and prolong soundness for pleasure horses. The painting captures the drama when a hot shoe is placed on a horse’s hoof to test for fit. This painting spotlights the incredible trust horses place in their human partners.
is a study in light. Light reveals color and form. The backlit forms of the orchids give the illusion of a glow from within each flower. This semi-abstract composition puts the emphasis on design first and subject matter second. Deep rich color give the painting harmony. Strong movement and contrast provide interest.
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” features new works by Cheri Isgreen.
Horses highlights my deep connection with horses, especially my special relationship with Monarch, who I have raised and trained from green colt to seasoned show, clinic, trail, and special events horse.
“Ebony and Ivory” is my newest watercolor. It depicts a Lipizzan and a warmblood in joyful camaraderie. These horse create their own “liberty pas de deux.” Look closely at how suspension enhances the beauty of horses’ movement. Light on living forms creates a unending variety of interesting and harmonious shapes. The white horse is defined by shadows, in contrast to the highlights defining form in the black horse.
Flowers, like Horses focuses on my interest of how light defines living forms. Unlike Horses, (which I paint in a narrative style), Flowers are painted in a looser style that explores pure design and composition.
Travel samples a collection of entries from my travel sketch journals in a variety of media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, and collage. Works are presented as 5″ x 7″ framed prints from Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Mexico trips.
“Three Passions: Horses, Flowers, Travel” opens tomorrow at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Colorado, running through September 30, 2016
“Three Passions” features new works inspired by my love of horses, flowers, and travel. All the horse and flower paintings are executed in watercolors, and explore the effects of light on living forms. While the horse paintings are narrative in nature, the flower compositions are pure design. They focus on movement, space, color, pattern, rhythm, and line. My travel pieces are framed 5″ x 7″ prints from my sketch journals. They represent a wide range of work including pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, watercolor & ink; Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah.
I have one more piece on my easel, a narrative equine painting which will be titled, “Ebony & Ivory.” This is the study for “Ebony & Ivory.” (Note difference in style between equine & floral compositions.)
“Cosmos” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link:
Horses! Total synesthesia: pure poetry in motion; my original raison d’être for painting in watercolor. “Noble” evolved from the contour line studies and sketch classes I have been giving this summer. Using saturated color and pure water with a large mop brush- value, color, and form developed from the contour lines based on the pencil study for this work.
“Noble” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link: