Sorry Tuesday’s post is late- I have been having technical challenges with my computer again. Anyway, here is it , feature very talented Christina Boetzel of Germany!
“…without the existence of horses I may never have begun to paint…”
Loctation: Wetter an der Ruhr – Wetter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Christina Boetzel has painted and drawn horses since she was a little girl. She would draw horses on the sidewalk with a stone, on the beer-coasters in her parent’s restaurant and on old wallpaper. Later on, Christina would go though her neighborhood and collect the old paint boxes and paint horses looking out of a stable on their old garden shed.
“I like to paint and I love horses even other animals. I have painted horses since childhood. I am grateful every day for that gift.”
When she was 11, her parents let her have riding lessons and at 14 she was taking care of two ponies, learning to gallop bareback cross country. Two years later, Christina saved enough money to make her lifelong dream come true–buying her very own horse, Sassi, a Hanovarion chesnut mare!
In 1994, a friend of Christina’s ask her, “Can you paint my Bayka?” and that is how Christina’s professional art careergot started. Prior to that, she had done some assorted portraits in pencil, mostly of children, pets and horses. But for her, it started with Bayka. .
Soon, more friends and people began asking for a portrait painting. These friends and people began to tell their friends as well. Christina’s portrait paintings became an important part of her artwork, and helped her to be able to go and study at University.
Christina now lives on a farm with her husband, their three children, a white Anglo Arabian, a Lusitano buckskin Domino, and their dog and cat.
Do you own any horses that you use as models for your work?
They are my friends and we will spend nice time together.
I like to paint free horses or dressage horses.
Every breed or even no breed is welcome to inspire me
Why did you chose to do paintings?
Many paintings are commissions, I like do do it. It is always a special moment when the customers get the painting, very emotional.
One time I painted the a “Grand Shire Calendar” for a publishing house. It was a great honor for me to do this and a lot of responsibility. Sometimes it can be very difficult. Because some the photos are from stallions black and white photos and a few of then died a long time before I was commissioned to paint them. I have to study the horse read a lot about it.
Its a very important job for me to give my best so that the horse will come alive again in my paintings.
Do you work in any other mediums?
I work in many mediums, I like to have that thrill. To see painting by painting if I can control the medium and see what I can do best with it.
Do you have any upcoming events/shows coming up?
“Andalusier PRE Andalusian Iberer Farinero”
To see more of her sculptures, click here.
Be sure to vote for Christina’s art for the Equus Film Festival NYC’s poster contest!
Thank you Christina for letting me feature you and your fabulous paintings and sculptures! Be sure to go and see more of her equine paintings, I only put a small portion of them on!
Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !