Now I know that cattle are not as graceful as horses, but they want to be, they try to be. My husband and I used to keep dairy cows, which we hand-milked, and bullocks or beef steers, which we didn't!
It always struck us as very strange how such large and powerful creatures could be so shy and timid, though, with care and love we could eventually go out into the fields and sit on their hips while they were lying down, chewing the cud – and they loved it. And when we hand-milked them some of them would turn around and lick us lovingly as though we were their calves. Lovely!
So, whenever I paint an animal or group of animals my intention is not to simply capture just their outside but to try to capture their unique character and traits – that can sometimes be seen in us humans too!
For twelve years my husband and I lived on and made our living from a 10 acre smallholding here in Wild West Wales. During that time we fell in love with the animals of the fields and hills of Wales and of the meadows and woodlands around us.
Though, sadly, we no longer live that life due to my husband's long-term illness the love of it all still fills me and it is this love, and the knowledge and understanding we embraced in our years there, that still comes through in much of my art.
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