Lusitano Classico, Marialva by Canadian Artist Diane Williams.
ALL THE COLORFUL HORSES
The flowing, graceful lines of Alberta artist Diane Williams’ equine paintings belie an
underlying power. The colors seem to dance across the canvas and her horses
vibrate with a regal majesty. Williams, who has had a life-long love of horses, uses
her brush to capture the essence or the inner-spirit of these powerful souls.
“I want my work to trigger strong, emotional responses,” Williams says. “For the
viewer to feel as if she or he is entering the world of light the horses inhabit. I believe
that these horses can help you heal or, perhaps, regain a sense of your inner
Diane Williams is a successful equine painter in Alberta. She paints commissions and sells her
work throughout North America and Europe. She has traveled extensively to paint
unique horses. She has observed and photographed the Sable Island wild horses off
the coast of Nova Scotia and more recently traveled to southern France to
photograph the semi-feral white horses that live in the wetlands of the Camargue
Presently Diane is focusing on the beauty of the soul of Iberian horses, many who
have made the journey from Brazil, Portugal, and Texas to Alberta to her camera.
She had an opportunity this Spring to spend time with Marialva, a stunning buckskin
Lusitano stallion at TNT Cattle Company Ranch in the Cypress Hills, southern
Alberta, God’s country. His energy and beauty absolutely took her breath away.
Marialva is the first Lusitano in Alberta working on a cattle ranch.
The stallion is wearing a bosal, a type of noseband used on the classic hackamore of
the California vaquero tradition of western riding. The warm wind tossed his forelock
forward, accenting his regal Portuguese head.
This image was chosen for the cover of the 2019 Canadian National Andalusian Show
& Festival of the Royal Horse. PAALH in Chilliwack, BC.
As an artist Diane works hard to integrate classical techniques, with contemporary
color, no black, brown or gray. She captures impressions of light through layers of
brilliant color, wet on wet until finished. Her images start as a stark light/shadow
rendering of pure pigment, detail evolving on eyes, ears, nostrils; brushstrokes looser
as they expand to surrounding areas.
Diane has a lifelong passionate love affair with horses. With this comes a knowing of
the depth of the relationship one can have with the soul of a horse. In her work, she
invites the viewer to experience this relationship at an intimate level.
This image was chosen for the cover of the 2019 Canadian National Andalusian Show & Festival of the Royal Horse. PAALH in Chilliwack, BC.
48×60″ Original Oil painting on canvas