Horses on Paper

Selected Works

 

Winged Rider on Gray Horse 
44″ X 30″ Acrylic on Paper

My goal is not to agonize over what I’m doing but rather just to do it.

My process: there is no perfection, have reasonable expectations.  Trust your own hand, paint intuitively.  And you have to listen to that very strong voice when it says we’re all done.

 

White Horse and Rider in Orange
44″ X 30″ Acrylic on Paper

White Horse with Blue and Green Rider II
44″ X 30″ Acrylic on Paper

The more painting I have done and the older I have gotten, I have had to work against being tired and walk away when I am out of energy.  Painting for me is like a workout.

James Koskinas Horse & Rider with Blue IIIHorse and Rider with Blue III
38″ X 30″ Acrylic on Paper

James Koskinas Horse and Rider with GrayHorse and Rider with Gray
50″ X 38″ Acrylic on Paper

Koskinas Horse and Rider with Yellow 4Horse and Rider with Yellow IV
40″ X 30″ Acrylic on Paper

Horses

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