To put it simply, I love Lindsay’s style! From the soft mix of paint and pastel, which makes it seem like you could reach out and stoke the horse’s coat, to the sharply defined features, her paintings give a new, yet classic feel to the animals she paints. With just a look at her paintings, I feel like I already know the horse or dog she has painted. Like one of her collectors said, Lindsay truly captures her subject’s magic.
Location: Cheshire, England
Written by Lindsay Hill
I’ve been painting horses and dogs full time since 1991. Before that I was part time and also travelling Australia, where I did some portraits there too!
I dropped out of art college after 3 months. It didn’t suit me at all. I saved up by waitressing and painting. I started by painting horses for friends then at my local riding club. When I returned after travelling I went to a newly opened Southview Equestrian Centre. I got lots of work there from top international riders and I was delighted. From that day I was full time.
I have been very lucky. I have met some amazing people and horses and traveled a lot with my job.
I did paint for Jennie Loriston Clarke in the early days and John Whitaker to paint 6 horses– including Milton and Ryan’s Son. I’ve also painted for Michael Whitaker, Geoff Billington, Pippa Funnell and several others. In 1991 I was commissioned by Her Majesty The Queen Mother to paint racehorse “The Arganout” and in 1996 I was commissioned by HM The Queen to paint 7 Corgis. I went to Windsor Castle to take the photos with the Queen then dropped them off at Buckingham Palace when I met her again.
I have done shows in the USA, Norway, Ireland and I have sent work all over the world.
I have had some amazing letters and emails from customers. I love the fact my hobbies are my living. I am still involved in horses ( mine died in 1999) and I can paint combining the two things I love!!
Here is a letter I got last year:
I Just want to let you know how special your artwork is and how much it can touch lives. I was lucky enough to meet you at Gleneagles in 2002 and you were able to do this outstanding portrait of our Grand Prix horse Tannaghill. It was a Christmas present for Roger, who at the time was my boyfriend and is now my husband.The picture you drew has taken pride of place in every home we have lived in.
Two weeks ago we had to say goodbye to Tannaghill. He was the reason Roger and I met, we owe everything to him and miss him everyday. But we are so lucky to still have this painting of him! I still get to see him everyday because your talent captured his magic-for that I will never be able to thank you enough. I just want to let you know that your effort and talent really does make the biggest difference, it makes the heartache a little easier. Thank you for what you do!
How cool is that!! My favourite letter!!