Dressage Series

I was fully immersed in horse drawing, etchings, a few lino cuts and had started making large coloured unique state collographs of horse rugs. I was also heavily engaged in the world of dressage, having joined the SA Dressage Club and all the responsibilities of being a committee member. Our daughters' involvement meant the family also had to be involved by association and my work started to be noticed by the fraternity of dressage riders. The Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA), were to conduct the National Dressage Championships in South Australia at Strathalbyn in 1997.

I was commissioned by them to make a large drawing of a dressage horse and rider. The drawing was to be framed, raffled as a prize and reproduced as a poster to advertise the event. I was paid a separate fee by the EFA. The drawing was a success and lots of money for the EFA was raised from ticket sales in the raffle. Of course, in order to arrive at the right drawing which pleased me, I needed to make dozens of drawings. I looked at dressage magazines, watched competitions and studied the elegant movements of horses especially trained in dressage. All the works were done in charcoal or Conté, some in pastel.

Piaffe Passage 1997 Charcoal and Gouache 56 x 86cm
Bobby 1997 Charcoal and Gouache 83 x 56cm
Coloured Piaffe 1997 Charcoal and Pastel 56 x 86cm
Night Riding 1997 Charcoal 83 x 56cm
Show 1997 Ink and Watercolour 38 x 38cm
Sideways Horse 1997 Charcoal 83 x 56cm
Skipped Step 1997 Charcoal 56 x 86cm edited
Skipped Steps 1997 First State Etching 56 x 76cm
The dressage horse 1997 Charcoal 56 x 83cm
Walk 1997 Charcoal 56 x 86cm