I had the good fortune to meet the most beautiful and gentle horse, Melissa (or Melissa the Magnificent as I like to think of her) on Par beach back in 2014. Her rider Claire kindly allowed me to take photographs of Melissa as reference images for my artwork, and all these years later I finally completed her portrait.
Unfortunately in the interim I lost Claire’s contact details, so I asked the wonderful community on my Facebook page if anyone could help me find her. Within less than 24 hours Claire made contact with me, and now the first two limited edition prints are off to live with Claire here in Cornwall, and Melissa’s previous owner in Devon.
Sadly Melissa is no longer with us, and her absence is strongly felt by those who loved her. This unexpected portrait seven years after our chance encounter has been very moving for Claire, and has reaffirmed to me the power of art to touch our lives and create connections between those who would otherwise remain strangers.