Seattle-born Stacey Mayer is a contemporary artist initially inspired by the people, wildlife, and landscapes of her home in Puget Sound. "Because my parents took us to the library frequently, I always had plenty of books to help me explore the subjects that have become my lifelong favorites." From her horses to dinosaurs, Stacey still spends time drawing, just as she did as a child. Today she still practices her distinct way of drawing with her grandson, Benjamin.
Stacey's modern-style drawings and paintings are immediately recognizable. Her drawing style became quite distinct while she was still an elementary student. She developed her way of drawing while learning to draw the animals at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo. Then she would draw all over the discarded computer paper her Dad would bring home from work. With a never-ending supply of paper and crayons, her imagination was full of her favorite animals from the zoo. Even today, Stacey's contemporary acrylic paintings and sculptures of animals, and the horse and rider, are her specialty.
As a young mother, she would draw images on large sheets of newsprint of fantastic birds, dragons, unicorns, mermaids, and wild mustangs all running and prancing together to delight her four girls. Placing long pieces of paper on the floor, her daughters would sit down and draw together for hours. "We loved all of the colors of the big crayon boxes, and we made the most colorful horses, birds, and fish possible," she relates. Most of her drawings were of horses, but she would also spend hours sketching all of her daughter's favorites.
Now a grandmother, she draws beautiful horses of all breeds and imaginary beasts to share with children and the young at heart all over the world. Although her work also includes numerous wild birds, North American animals, native fish species, and even prehistoric animals of every type, her horses remain her trademark. Beautiful Arabian horses are still her greatest source of inspiration. "I've found a truly beautiful horse may come from any breed. It's their symmetry of line, fluid motion, and conformational balance that speaks to me," Stacey adds, "finding exceptional horses and watching them as they move still makes my heart sing."
Her equine art shows the influence of seeing many champion horses from several breeds, such as Arabian, Appaloosa, Friesian, Haflinger, Morgan, Paint, Quarter horses, and Saddlebreds in person. These are a few of the famous horses she still sees in her mind's eye; Bear Paw, Calico Girl, Carolina Caberet, Crystal Vision, Ga'Zi, El Hilal, Khemosabi, Mondo, *Muscat, Sander Charge, *Tjeert, and TheEgyptianPrince. Her distinctive horses are frequently spotted in leading equestrian lifestyle magazines worldwide.
Many species of animals eventually find their way into her sketchbooks. From Appaloosas to Friesians, birds to fishes; regardless of what she's drawing, Stacey's style can be immediately recognized. Thankfully, it's a style particularly suited to coloring books and graphic applications, too. As her drawings turn into new coloring book pages on AWhiteHorse.com™ they may also find their way into original hand-made mosaics, sculptures, and digital paintings she turns into prints, apparel, and household gift items. As requests for new favorites come from Ben, and her extended family, they are quickly shared with you.
Stacey often has her grandson, Benjamin, in the studio drawing and painting beside her. Currently, they're learning about turtles, trucks, and dinosaurs.Ben loves to draw and paint beside her, and just as important, he's very good at picking up all of his crayons and remembering to clean his brushes.
With the wonderful Houston Zoo just down the road, they'll be able to see many of the same animals Stacey loved to draw as a child. They're looking forward to seeing elephants and flamingos, ocelots, and anteaters together in 2022. Stacey believes, "You start with regular visits to a friendly local barn, (Royal Legend Egyptian Arabians,) the library, and the zoo, then you add generous amounts of paper and crayons; that's the recipe for growing a young artist." We hope to encourage many new generations of horse and animal lovers through the pages of Stacey's online coloring books.
Stacey moved with her family to Bryan, Texas in the summer of 2020. They're within easy driving distance of the Houston Zoo. Benjamin has his backpack packed and ready.
She is a Paard Verzameld Collective member, 2018.