Fine-artist, specialising in portraiture and equestrian art
My passion is to capture a moment of beauty, a feeling – be it a whisper or a roar – to create art that speaks to the deep emotions within, enriching the lives of those who choose to live with it.
KRISTINE NASON S.E.A., S.W.A.
My inspiration is the beauty of natural forms, and particularly the magnificence and spirit of the horse.
The image of a horse can be a metaphor for many things, and for any personal projection someone assigns to it. My passion is to capture a moment of beauty, a feeling – be it a whisper or a roar – to create art that speaks to the deep emotions within, enriching the lives of those who choose to live with it.
As a leading equestrian artist my work is respected for its anatomical accuracy, movement, and portrayal of the character of each subject. I’ve been elected to Full Membership of both The Society of Equestrian Artists and The Society of Women Artists, and I hold Membership of The American Academy of Equine Art.
Although I paint a lot of human portraits, horses are my primary subject matter. My work has regularly been selected for major art exhibitions and I have collectors throughout the world. I’ve won several awards, and been featured in top national and international art publications.
THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
I grew up in the English countryside where horses were the back-drop to my childhood and I’ve always been enthralled by them. I didn’t have any formal training in fine art, but my great-grandfather, a professional artist who had travelled the world with his paintbrush, taught me to draw from an early age. He encouraged me to observe the grace of movement and form in all living things, and to appreciate how emotion can be conveyed through an image.
And so it was, that almost as soon as I could hold a pencil I learned to feel and remember every contour of the horse, the tenderness of a muzzle, the scent of grass on warm breath, the exhilaration and connection of being at one with a beautiful sentient creature; and I learned to translate this knowledge into my art. Time passed, my skills developed, and I utilized those principles as I experimented with other media: now my artwork is informed by the years of observation and study, the sound knowledge of anatomy, and the drawing skills I learned as a child.
In my early days I reveled in the power of the pencil, and I still value drawing as an end in itself. Now I like to experiment with other media and I work with oil, acrylic and watercolour too. In fact it was the gift of a box of watercolours that set me on the road to being a full-time professional artist, following a successful career in the worlds of advertising and fine-art publishing!
Now, when I want to make expressive, action-based pieces I choose to work in oil or acrylic, but I can achieve more nuanced results with watercolour, and strikingly atmospheric images with pencil and charcoal… so these are the mediums I choose for portraiture.
If you’re interested in commissioning me to create a portrait of your horse, the process is easy. You’ll find a lot of information about it in the Talk About Portraits section of my Blogs.
Prices start at £500 for a pencil or charcoal sketch.
2017 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, Museum of The Horse, Tuxford
2017 The Artist Exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, Nottinghamshire
2017 Summer Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists, The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket
2017 The American Academy of Equine Art, Spring online exhibition
2016 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1
2016 The Cuneo Medal Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists Full Members only, Churchgate Gallery, Porlock, Somerset
2016 Winter Exhibition, Iona House Gallery, 4 High St. Woodstock, Oxford OX20 1TF
2015 Selected Works (Society of Equestrian Artists), The National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket
2015 Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor Racecourse, Windsor, Berks
2015 Selected Works (Society of Equestrian Artists) at the Osborne Studio Gallery, Motcomb Street, London SW1
2015 Annual Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists, Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire
2015 ‘Horses In The Park’, Solo Exhibition, The Savill Building, Windsor Great Park TW20 0XD
2015 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
2014 Annual Exhibition, Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2014 Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
2014 ‘Complementaries‘, works by Kristine Nason SWA SEA and Jane Wheaton SWA SFP, Wokingham
2014 The Golden Horses of Turkmenistan, The National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket
2013 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2013 The Horse in Art, Obsidian Fine Art, Stoke Manderville, Bucks
2013 Spring Exhibition of The Horse, The National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket
2013 3rd International Conference of Horse Breeding & Art, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
2012 The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, Menier Gallery, London
2005-2012 (inclusive) Annual Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
2012 Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London SE1
2011 4 Selected Artists, eXpression Fine Art Gallery, Crowthorne, Berkshire
2009-2011 (inclusive) The Horse in Art, Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2011 ‘A Feast for The Eyes’ – works by Kristine Nason and Evgeniya Sharp – Pepe Sale Restaurant, Reading, Berkshire
2011 Annual Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2011 ‘On The Edge’, Reading Guild of Artists, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
2010 Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor Racecourse, Windsor
2010 ‘Working Drawings’, Peacock Gallery, Maiden Erlegh, Berks
2008 The Horse in Art, Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Manderville, Bucks
2004-2008 (inclusive) Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries, London, & Palace House, Newmarket
2008 Globe Gallery, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DL
2008 Spring Exhibition of Equestrian Art, J.Manley Gallery, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire
2007 The Horse in Art, Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Manderville
2007 Kristine Nason – Portraits and Equestrian Paintings, Windsor Festival at Ascot Racecourse
2007 ‘Cavalcade’ – work by leading equestrian artists, Figura Gallery, Windsor
2007 Gold Cup Week exhibition, Gallery Montpelier, Cheltenham UK
2007 Annual Exhibition, Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London SW1
AWARDS / PRIZES / PUBLICATIONS
20016 International Artist Magazine – Issue 110, P82 – 89 ‘Informed by Observation and Study’
2015 Society of Equestrian Artists – Best Drawing Award
2014 American Art Collector Magazine – Issue 103, P41, editorial entitled ‘Natural Beauty’
2014 International Artist Magazine – Art Challenge 3rd Prize, Issue 96, P7 ‘Chasing Shadows’
2011 Artist of the Year, Artists & Illustrators Magazine – runner-up Portraits, ‘The Gift’
2011 Artists & Illustrators Magazine, December issue 2011 ‘Voodoo Child’
2006 Society of Equestrian Artists – Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Publishing Award
2001 Best Professional in the Portrait, Figure or Animal Category, SAA Artist of the Year
The Society of Equestrian Artists – Full Member
The Society of Women Artists – Full Member
The American Academy of Equine Art – Member
2000 – present EQUESTRIAN ART & PORTRAITURE one-to-one tuition
1995 – 2014 WORKSHOPS and DEMONSTRATIONS for art groups
2003 – 2005 DRAWING COURSE Open College of the Arts