Christine Bennett is one of the wonderfully talented artists currently showing in our Horst Art Exhibition at Louise Riley library running July 5 to Oct 30 2012. Stop by to see her detailed work up close!
I don't really have a great answer to this. I simply love horses, and everything about them. I think that it must have something to do with their spirit, grace and fine tradition in art.
What's your favourite medium to work in?
Coloured pencil. Many people think that coloured pencils are for children, but they are a rich medium that can achieve great effect through texture and layering colours. Next to that are pastels, and sometimes I combine the two.
Which artists do you find inspiring?
My two favourite artists are Frederic Remington and Franz Marc. They have such an emotional way of portraying horses, particularly Marc. Outside those two, there are often too many to name - El Greco, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, David Hockney and Chris Cran are a few more. Usually any artist can offer inspiration in techniques, materials or subject matter. Of course, i have a number of favourite model horse artists, such as Sarah Rose.
What's your favourite section of the library?
Definitely 636.1! And the 740s for crafts.
What's your favourite colour right now?
My favourite colour will always be purple, now and forever!
Do you have any personal stories about horses?
It's unfortunate to say that I have mostly been and observer of horses my whole life, so personal stories are rather lacking!
How can we find you online?
My website is http://www.purple-pony.com and my blog is at http://purple-pony-art.blogspot.com I'm always online somewhere!