For twenty years I have worked in the equine collectibles industry making highly realistic small-scale figurines of horses. When people ask what I do for a living, I am always tempted to say that I color in horses. Granted I do a bit of sculpting, and a fair bit of mold-making, but the rest is a lot like having a three-dimensional coloring book of horses. Adding color is my favorite part of what I do in the studio.
My initial desire was to understand horse color so that I could make the horses I created as realistic as possible. From there my interest grew, until I was spending almost as much time researching horse colors and patterns as I was painting them. In 1992, I began publishing articles with the hope of helping other artists accurately portray colors and patterns. Not long after, I began to get requests for articles from the horse community. In 2001, I was asked to give a presentation in Lexington, Kentucky, alongside Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, whose 1983 book Horse Color had sparked my initial interest in the subject all those years ago. That experience convinced me that while my background might seem unconventional, it offers some unique insight into the visible expression of coat color genes.
Since that time, I have continued to write and give seminars. Over the years, I have often been asked if I had considered writing a book on horse color. It was an appealing idea, but one that I never found much time to pursue. The studio is my home, and writing takes me away from it. I wasn’t sure I could to the project justice without abandoning my “real” work. (As an aside, that proved to be entirely true.)
In 2009, I began work on what was intended to be a small guidebook for artists covering the colors found in the different breeds. The project grew in scope, and my “guidebook” became a set of four books that covered not just the colors as they are currently found, but the historical context for each breed. The first volume of The Equine Tapestry, covering the draft and coaching breeds, was published by Blackberry Lane Press in the summer of 2012. A full-color supplement covering the different colors and patterns is scheduled for late 2013.
My time is now divided between studio work and publishing. The extensive archives at this site deal primarily with the pottery, but the more recent posts cover both activities. I also have a second blog devoted specifically to horse color, which can be found by clicking on the Equine Tapestry link on the home page.