Stacey Mayer's Sporting Art

Paintings of the Friesian Horse

The Friesian horse breed's black coat can be a challenge to paint, and truly convey the energy of the play of light across the always moving horse. The twilight blues mirrored silvers, and occasional red reflections, dazzle the eye in bright light.

Plus, the Friesian breed is so distinctive; echoes of the Friesian's face are also seen on foundation Morgan horses; clear evidence of their influence on many early American Colonial horses.

I was fortunate to see Friesian horses in Washington State many years ago and remarked on their beautiful, distinctive faces. Obviously, their hair overflows their face like few other breeds, and their lofty trot speaks of generations of noble breeding. Such a wonderful gathering of Iberian and Arabian influences has earned their place as a popular fine harness and modern riding horse.

Thanks to my friends in Texas, Lisa and Ron Robertson, for sharing many photos of their beach rides with Friesian horses. Endless inspiration!

Photography Prints