'Compadres', oil by Linda St. Clair
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Artists of the Horse", like the term "wildlife art", is a double entendre. Its meaning can be interpreted one say, narrowly, or it can be a wide angle lens for thinking more broadly about subject matter—in a way that actually defies cliche. When WAJ featured Montanan Julie T. Chapman in the first installment of "Artists of the Horse", readers were introduced to the work of a marvelous contemporary painter who is challenging traditional approaches to animals and bestowing her work with contemporary vitality. Linda St. Clair, of Sante Fe, New Mexico, is another artist whose work we salute. Similarly, St. Clair approaches the horse as a window into exploring not only the spiritual dimensions of animals but the age-old challenges of color and light. Enjoy her essay. —TW
By Linda St. Clair
The greatest compliment someone can give me about my paintings is that they capture the true emotions of an animal. That’s when I know I’ve really hit my mark—when the elements of making art elicit a response from the viewer.
After all, my goal as an artist is to explore the fascinating lives of these animals and reveal on canvas the personalities of creatures great and small. Whether my subjects are of the barnyard, domestic or wild variety, they are the product of someone inspired by wildlife’s vital energy and broad emotional range.
My approach to a painting is rooted in a quote...
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Post Date:June 24th, 2012
'Linda St. Clair is far more than a "horse artist", a "wildlife artist" or a portrait painter. She brings a contemporary verve to her intrepretation of animals subjects. And in this personal guest essay, part of Wildlife Art Journal's regular feature
"Artists of the Horse", she expounds upon her motivation and inspiration. When WAJ featured Julie
T. Chapman in the first installment of "Artists of the Horse",
readers were introduced to the work of a contemporary painter who is
challenging traditional approaches to animals and bestowing her work
with contemporary vitality. Similarly, St. Clair uses the horse as a window for thinking about how—and why—she paints animals: As life forces worth celebrating.