Sunday, Apr. 14, 2024

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Mary Verrandeaux grew up in upstate New York in Cortland, a small country farming town. With not much to do in Cortland, Verrandeaux was introduced to a lifelong love of showing horses and taking care of animals.

Verrandeaux graduated with honors from Ringling School of Art and Design (Fla.) with a major in illustration and a minor in graphic design. She works from her home base in Ocala, Fla., and does commissioned portraits, fine art drawings and paintings.

Artist Susan Van Wagoner lives and works in Middleburg, Va. She’s combined her bachelor’s degree in studio art with a life-long knowledge of animals to produce distinctive works of fine art. The animals in her mostly life-sized work come alive with texture and feeling, and she often uses unique compositions for a dramatic effect.

Windswept is one of Lynda Burton Sappington’s portrayals of Baroque horses.

Sappington, an award-winning artist, grew up riding hunters in Great Falls and Vienna, Va. Her husband’s job took them to Ohio in 1973, and they currently reside in West Alexandria.

Sappington said Windswept is one of her favorite pieces, and she hopes one day to produce a full body piece with this pose. This bronze sculpture is 10" high, 103⁄4" long and 61⁄2" wide on a walnut base mounted on a turntable.

Artist D. Haskell Chhuy, whose artwork has appeared numerous times on the Chronicle cover, lives in Free Union, Va. She employs the rolling Virginia countryside in many of her paintings.

Chhuy and her husband moved to Free Union from Bedminster, N.J., in 2000. They settled on a home in rural Albemarle County because “I love the foxes, the foxhunting, the horses, the mountains and the dirt roads.”

Chhuy rides with Farmington, although she often goes with the hunt on foot so as to take photos for her work.

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Wallace W. Nall was a California native who was involved with horses most of his life. After service in the Army's First Cavalry during WWII, he studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif. In addition to judging and showing, he founded the Los Altos Hunt in Woodside, Calif., and served as its first master.

In later years, he lived in New Jersey, riding to hounds there. In the early 1970s he moved to Middleburg, Va., where he painted commissioned portraits of dogs, horses, racing, foxhunting, steeplechase and other subects in the field sports.

Susan Dorazio is a New England artist who has specialized in equine art for more than 30 years. All of her work, including portraiture in watercolor, oil or pen and ink, realistically evokes mood, energy and atmosphere. Her compositions are comprised of her own experiences in the field, photographing subjects at different locations locally and across the country.

Jolyn Montgomery’s work covers a large variety of subjects including children, families and animals of all kinds. A native of Portola Valley, Calif., she’s a graduate of the University of California-Los Angeles.

Montgomery, Woodside, Calif., was selected as the official artist for the 2007 Menlo Charity Horse Show (Calif.). Her painting, Hunter, is a mixed media on canvas and was featured on the horse show prize list, invitations, program and memorabilia.

John T. Berry grew up with a passion for horses. After living in Wisconsin and southern California, Berry relocated to Taos, N.M., in 1987. Prior to pursuing a full-time art career, Berry trained and showed horses professionally for 16 years. He initially  worked  with hunter/jumpers  before embracing dressage.

Berry’s art background includes human figure and portrait study in California with Jack Ragland and Edward Moore in the 1980, and in Taos with David Borenstein and Valori Fussell in the 1990s.

Lila Blakeslee experiments with diverse mediums and techniques to capture the “behind the scenes” moments at horse shows and the general horse show experience.

Horses have been a constant focal point in Blakeslee’s life. She spent many years in Dallas (Texas) as an instructor before moving to Florida to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Even during her time as a trainer, she had numerous commissions for portraits and paintings.

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