BY JESS CLAWSON
A true, equestrian heart inspires the horses in Terri Crowley’s art. Her favorite piece, “Mane Gone Wild,” features a Spanish-type horse that came to her in a dream. “This happens to me often,” she said. “I wanted to make eye contact and really capture the intensity of the horse I had seen in my dream.” Terri sees movement and the essence of horses in vivid color, and then brings that vision to life on canvas.
Being around horses since she could walk, she competed in the hunter/jumper world as an adult. But whether she’s showing, spending time with her horse, Cool Hand Luke, or painting—her deep connection to horses remains in her art. “I began working in pencil and enjoyed the exacting way strokes are made to create texture, but I’ve always seen the beauty and movement of horses in vivid color and wanted to add that in a dramatic way to my pieces.” Evolving her process to match aesthetic, she began experimenting with different mediums. “I moved to watercolor to achieve that dreamy look, and then into acrylics for brighter colors,” she said.
She stumbled onto digital painting inadvertently, but finds it adds another layer of interest. Like traditional painting, Terri uses a pen and tablet as her brush and canvas, but the technology allows for even greater artistic freedom for her work. “It allows me to combine different mediums at the same time,” she explained. When the digital artwork is done, she prints the work on museum-quality canvas and paints on top with acrylics to create the final piece.
You can bring Terri’s colorful, dreamlike horses into your home through commissions, original art and canvas prints for sale.
To learn more about her work, visit terricrowleyart.com.
About the Author: Jess is a professional historian and educator who lives in northwestern Virginia. They completed their undergraduate degree in English at William & Mary, and did their masters and doctoral work at the University of Florida. Jess is an event rider with a passion for thoroughbreds, and has extensive experience in community organizing around queer identities, racial marginalization, and labor.
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