I made that painting following the reading of the article written by Dr Paul McClellan,D.V.M. in Dressage Today magazine. He is the veterinarian who cared for the famous American dressage horse Graf George who died in December 2008. That 17.1 hand Hanoverian won two Olympic Team Bronze Medals, in 1992 in Barcelona with his initial trainer, Michael Poulin and in 1996 in Atlanta with Guenter Seidel and was owned by Dick and Jane Brown.
The vision I had for that painting is that I believe animals have souls like we do and they can see the tunnel of light at their death. I place him with a background involving nature because I think that horses belong there in the first place and we are lucky in a way that they serve all the purposes we ask of them. That powerful source of light illuminates his beautiful body and makes his soul and heart breaks through to express all the courage and strong willpower for his outstanding achievements.
Graf George was a great horse and it is my way of honoring him by that painting!
The last passage of Graf George
oil on canvas
22" x 28"
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