Painting someone's beloved pets is never an easy job. The client always has a picture in their mind of what the animal represents and it is a challenge to translate this through an art medium. This specific commission was to capture seven of the families horses that they had owned and rode for the last 20 years. It all came down to a nice flowing composition to play the excitement across the painting. The light sources on the reference were all different so I had to go for the more graphic and less rendered approach. Putting a shell around each face made them flatten out and the modeling became less necessary. The client was very pleased with the outcome of the piece in the end. I love horses so this painting was a joy.