Photo of Running Horses


Artist Statement

Growing up on a horse ranch I was exposed to many horses of different conformations, dispositions, and colors. As professional horse breeders, my parents had daily conversations and I would listen intently about the details of conformation both good and bad and how to breed for the best possible outcome. I am also a horse owner and breeder as well as an enthusiast for horse sports. Being constantly surrounded by these majestic animals and inspired by their beauty and personalities I strive to capture them in my art.

My parents supported my love for art wholeheartedly. When I couldn’t be outside with the horses, I was inside trying to capture them on paper. I was focused from the beginning on getting their form as true to the individual as possible. I trained myself with a lot of encouragement and constructive criticism from my loving parents. My childhood room was decorated with three posters. One of the posters featured the skeletal bone structure of a horse, one with the musculature, and another of the aging horse, teeth changes, bone changes, and other traits as well. My father gave the posters to me as a way to help me understand where the shadows fall on the body. My parents gave me all the materials I ever wanted, from paper and paint to an easel and a drawing table. They would challenge me to draw certain horses or objects around the farm, and would only give praise when it was really, really great.
Spanning my entire career, I have gone in many different directions with my art. In the beginning, I took on many projects just to keep the cash flowing. I found that my attention to detail and correctness while growing up helped me with any project I wanted or needed to pursue. I enjoy creating many styles, subjects, and mediums. I have explored many genres of art that did not focus on horses such as Animalia, humans, realism, abstract, giant murals, in both painting and sculpture; however, my focus has evolved and come full circle right back to horses. The constant challenge and thrill is finding new ways to portray these animals that stay true to form yet have the composition and color to complement and enhance the walls of any interior design.
Susan Sommer-Luarca

Official Artist

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