Our daughter Anna, had been having riding lessons since the age of 7 and loved horses. As she remained enthusiastic about riding, she finally acquired her first pony. We were all involved by then driving her to pony club, competitions and inevitable riding lessons or practices. I spent hours each day watching and waiting for her at arenas in the Adelaide Hills. Sketch book in hand I began to draw the horses in nearby paddocks. The interest for me was their rugs and how they covered the horses from neck to knee in canvas shrouds in interesting shapes of beasts.
The methods I had been experimenting with on the stones became a vehicle to articulate these rugs and shapes. Returning to my first love of etching, I made a suite of large etchings in small editions exploring the mysterious forms. They were easy to read as horses in rugs with precise details of fabric folds and tonal variations. I used mainly hard grounds, needling the images directly onto the plate before etching and tones were added with acquaint. I also tried white ground and often added small areas of water colour to the finished prints.