By Sheila Alden
- Media: Oil
- Framed Size (height x width): 26-1/4"x20-1/4"
Western Rider A Long Way From The Range is a marine-scape that captures the dynamic action of horse and rider, as they interact with the marine environment. The style is a combination of Impressionism and Realism, and although the painting is mainly monochromatic, shades and tints of blue, it is very 3 dimensional. The jewel-like colors are rich and amazingly fresh. The surface has a tactile quality. The artist uses a painterly style employing loose expressive brushstrokes to create a sense of motion and interplay between all the elements; earth, sky, water, man and horse. There is an inherent tension, as the ocean waves drive into shore, and the horse heads out to sea. The use of lines in the horse’s bridle, reins and the tow rope lead the viewers eyes to the focal point, the Western rider. Calm yet determined, he confidently guides his horse, and the energy between them is charged with emotional intensity.