This is the first in the collection of works from artist Nikki Alvin-Smith inspired by the bay thoroughbred mare, Versailles WVH. Based on the original oil on canvas work, Racing Respite is inspired by the horse racing phenomenon Tomorrows Cat ( Storm Cat ) bloodlines. Size framed is 20 inches wide x 24 inches high. Medium: Oil on Canvas. This item is framed.
The artist statement:-
" This mare was trained by the leading race horse trainer of the NY breds, and was taken in to a warmblood breeding program and given a career. She posted fast times and was highly regarded in her racing career. When I met Versailles WVH I was immediately taken with her tremendous presence and 'can do' attitude which is typical of the Tomorrows Cat bloodline. It is wonderful to see racehorses in their second careers where they are well tended and though it took a season off for the mare to catch, she is presently in foal to the world renowned Dutch Warmblood stallion, Gambol. An Olympic calibre dressage horse. I am hoping to follow this horse through her first foaling and capture more of her life on canvas through the next several years. You cannot beat the beauty of a thoroughbred head as an artist, or the heart of a thoroughbred as a rider."
Artist Bio: Nikki Alvin-Smith
"I'm thrilled to be able to offer my works on equestrian life and foreign vistas to a broader audience as time progresses. I studied art literally at the knee of my mother, who has worked with celebrated internationally renowned artists throughout her career. There was always the aroma of turpentine and paint permeating the house growing up and after dinner was definitely on hold while paintings were concluded while the invaluable 'light' was still present. It was her influence that recently gave me the push to take my work into the broader marketplace, and I am very grateful for her support," states Nikki Alvin-Smith.
Nikki Alvin-Smith has been published internationally as a writer in both fiction and non-fiction. In the non-fiction category for such publications as The Chronicle of The Horse, The Horseman's Yankee Pedlar, The Equine Journal, Horses Canada and many more plus some publications that didn't survive such as the revered Dressage and CT. As a photographer her works have graced the covers of numerous magazines, commercial product advertisements in fields such as rural life and equestrian lines and have been used for stallion promotions.
" I love working with horses and have been a passionate horsewoman since age ten.. My artwork includes multi-disciplines as I began riding donkeys, went on to Welsh ponies, then worked for a while schooling big bouncy horses for a professional show jumper. In the last twenty five years I have been involved in breeding horses of many breeds, training and competing through Grand Prix level dressage on the European tour and growing up a family of enthusiastic horse lovers. My fine art work is mainly in oil because I love the true to life colors that oil paints produce. I have been fortunate to travel widely since a very young age and my work consequently includes highlights from many different countries. I love to capture the relationship factor between horse and human as well as the exuberance of horses," says Nikki.
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