Horses on Canvas

Selected Works


Circus Rider on White Horse IV
60″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

One of the ways I know my work is done is when nothing more occurs to me.

Let me make this clear.  It’s all about energy, the sum total of your life’s experiences.

Horse and Rider in Yellow
60″ X 56″ Acrylic on Canvas

White Horse and Rider with Blue III
40″ X 40″ Acrylic on Canvas

I don’t select my palette in advance but rather use color intuitively.

Gray Rider on White Horse 
60″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

James Koskinas Horse in Black Field with Rider IVHorse in Black Field with Rider IV
48″ X 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

White Horse with Standing Rider IV
48″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas


A chance meeting with a lost stallion on an Arizona highway set in motion my lifetime obsession with painting horses.  Later I added a rider to these horses.  The riders have become self portraits and a search for unity between horse and man.  

I am fascinated with the shape of the horse, especially the head.  I change the shape of the head, sometimes lengthening it, sometime shortening it. I like to paint them life size or almost life size. I can abstract it, elongate it, shorten it.  Painting the horses on paper allows me to be more spontaneous and expressive and make them more abstract. I can always go back to the horse, he is always there for me.

-James Koskinas

Julie Schumer Dialogue With Black