Only recently returning to equine art after a twenty-year hiatus, Nita McLaren-Tan’s drawings draw you in and you can’t help but study every line that makes up her subjects. Over the past three years, Nita has spent hundreds of hours to increase her skill level to show the level of hard-earned talent that she has. Growing up, her father was an American Air Force Pilot, moving across the country every few years, “so the chance of owning a horse was impossible”.
Once they settled down when her father retired, she owned several horses, with her last horse being sold before going to college. She has not owned a horse since, but uses her art skill to immortalize her equine friends.
Drawing all her life, Nita went to college for Graphic Design, only to decide seven years later that just wasn’t for her. “Although I love drawing all animals, horses have always been my favorite.” Moving away from all art for around twenty years, Nita picked up a pencil once again three years ago after being inspired by the horse art she saw online. Now she has returned to depicting horses and other animals, and continues on her path of portraying the horse in art.
Below is her winning piece for May 2018’s Banner Contest in Art Of The Horse!