Horses

I paint what I love, and horses are an important part of my daily life. I have 3 mares at home now and earlier had two males.  Even when I can’t ride, their beautiful energy is wonderful to have at our home. After more than 30 years of grooming and handling my horses, my hands know every muscle and bone. Painting them unites me with them, even when I am traveling for my engineering work.

I struggled with painting motion and decided to spend 3 years focusing on the motion of cars, which are essentially solid without changing muscles, limbs, and expressions, to see how to bring what I’d learned from that experience back to the more complicated motion of horses and other animals.  It took time and research, but finally I am able to obtain a feeling of motion in my animal paintings, and am now writing a book about all the techniques learned in this research for showing motion in watercolor painting.

Please click on the paintings to see them clearly. I paint by glazing transparent layers of color to create depth and vibrancy.

For paintings that are marked Available, please contact me for pricing at sandra@sandracointreau.com.

racing horses A1
Racing Horses Leaning In
Shown at the 2017 Spring Open Juried Show of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society
Watercolor 12 x 16, Arches 140 lbs cold pressed, Available

racing horses B1 final
Racing Horses Taking the Turn
Shown at the 2016 International Juried Annual Show of the North East Watercolor Society
Shown at the 2017 Open Juried Show of the Roxbury Meeting House
Watercolor 12 x 16, Arches 140 lbs cold pressed, Available

barrel-racer-a1
Barrel Racer – A1
Shown as Invited Guest in the International Watercolor Society of Nepal annual show of 2016.
Shown at the 2017 Annual Juried Member Show of the North East Watercolor Society.
Shown at the 2017 Summer Open Juried Show of the Kent Art Association.
Shown at the 2017 Juried Member Show of the South West Watercolor Society.
Watercolor 15 x 22 inches, Fabiano 300 lbs cold pressed, Available


A Golden Turn
Watercolor, Fabiano 300 lbs cold pressed, 22 x 30 inches, Available


Up and Over
Accepted into the 2017 Summer Members Show of the Kent Art Association
Watercolor, Arches 140 lbs cold pressed, 14 x 20 inches, Available

Playing the Field
Accepted into the 2017 Summer Members Show of the Kent Art Association
Watercolor, Arches 140 lbs cold pressed, 14 x 20 inches, Available


Herding Cattle
Watercolor, Fabiano 300 lbs cold pressed, 15 x 22 inches, Available

Racing with Heart Series
All Shown at the Riverwind Gallery, Beacon NY,
Each 11 x 30 inches, Arches 300 lbs satin grain


Mothers and Daughters
Shown at the 2017 Open Juried Show of the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown
Watercolor, Arches 140 lbs cold pressed, 14 x 20 inches, Available

bull-strength
Bull Strength
Shown at the 2017 Annual Juried Member Show of the North East Watercolor Society.
14 x 20 inch, Arches 140 lbs cold press, Available

closing-in
Closing In
15 x 22 inch, Fabiano 300 lbs cold press, Available

concentration
Concentration
22 x 30 inch, Fabiano 300 lbs cold press, Available

the-glove
The Glove
22 x 30 inch, Fabiano 300 lbs cold press, Available

grasshopper-arabian-rescue
Grasshopper, a Rescued Arabian Horse
Shown in the Summer Members Show 2016 of the Kent Art Association
12 x 16 inches, Arches, 140 lbs, Auctioned by the Arabian Rescue Mission

karolina-and-diesel
Diesel, A Carriage Horse Rescued from the Sugar Creek Auction
Shown in the Annual Juried Show 2016 of the Kent Art Association
Sold

0518
White Arab
Shown at the Washington Art Association 2014 Juried Members Show
Watercolor 10 x 14, Available

0551
Blue One of 3 Horse Tryptich (includes ground semi-precious crystals in the background paint)
Was Exhibited in two one-artist shows locally
Watercolor 15 x 22 on Fabiano 300 lb. cotton, Reserved for Artist’s Show

black arab stallion dec 2015 15 x 22 SW 300 lbs b
Fire Black Arab Stallion
Watercolor 15 x 22, Fabiano 300 lbs cotton, Available

The Golden Thunder Jan 1 2015 14 x 20 Arches 140 sm
Galloping Lightning
Watercolor 14 x 20, Arches, SOLD

Paint Horse original
Native American Paint Horse
Watercolor 9 x 12, Arches Cotton, Artist’s Private Collection

movement with man
Calm Enjoyment of a Frisky Horse
Shown in the Spring 2016 Members Show of the Kent Art Association
Watercolor 22 x 30, Fabiano 300 lbs cotton, Reserved for Artist Show

moonlit horse dec 2015 A140 b
Moonlight in the Pasture
Watercolor 12 x 14, Fabiano 300 lbs cotton, Available

curious stallion original
Curious White Stallion
Watercolor 10 x 14, Available

Arab Stallion original
Arab Stallion
Watercolor 10 x 12, Gifted

0552
Red One of 3 Horse Tryptich (includes ground semi-precious crystals in the background paint)
Was Exhibited in two one-artist shows locally
Watercolor 15 x 22 on Fabiano 300 lb. cotton, Reserved for Artist’s Show

0553
Yellow One of 3 Horse Tryptich (includes ground semi-precious crystals in the background paint)
Was Exhibited in two one-artist shows locally
Watercolor 15 x 22 on Fabiano 300 lb. cotton, Reserved for Artist’s Show

0586
Dark War Horse Called Thunder – Artist’s Private Collection
Shown at the 2005 World Bank International juried artist show in Washington DC

White Arab Dream Horse original
Windblown White Arab
Shown at the 2004 International juried show of the World Bank, Washington DC, 2007

Watercolor 10 x 14 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Artist’s Private Collectioncurved spanish horse
Curved Lusitano
Shown at the 2006 International juried artist show at the World Bank in Washington, DC
Watercolor 12 x 16 Arches cotton, Artist’s Private Collection

Companion horses original
Companion Andalucians
Watercolor 10 x 14 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Available

Horse's knowing eye original
Knowing Eye
Watercolor 10 x 14 Arches 140 lb. cotton – Artists Private Collection

herd grazing original
Mares Grazing
Watercolor 10 x 12 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Gifted

 

bay stallion final
Wild Bay Stallion
Watercolor 9 x 9 Arches cotton, Available

dappled grey arab final
Dapped Grey Arab
Watercolor 10 x 10 Arches cotton, Available

 

0839-2
Midnight Bay
Watercolor 10 x 14 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Available

Bay Arab final web
Bay Arab
Watercolor 10 x 14 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Available

French cave and two horses original

French Cave Wall with Two White Horses
Watercolor 14 x 20 Arches 140 lb. cotton, Artist’s Private Collection