Equestrian portrait of Eleanor Klawer on her beautiful imported dressage horse Dantesse

dressage horse painting of eleanor klawer on dantesse by artist Vanessa Whittell

Equestrian portrait of Eleanor Klawer by Vanessa Whittell, based on reference photo by Cara Grimshaw

Acrylic on canvas 48″ x 36″ (122cm x 92cm)

So fortunate to get to paint a portrait of such a beautiful pair from one of Cara Grimshaw Equestrian Photography’s fabulous images. Eleanor, Cara and I all loved the beautiful light in this image! Often I spend quite a lot of time editing images before I paint from them. Not in this case. Horse and rider needed no fine tuning at all. I was lucky enough to get to know Eleanor a bit, I met the gorgeous Dantesse and was able to see Eleanor’s home so that we could determine the best size, format and color for the painting.

If you have a chance read the full story about the Eleanor and her purchase of Dantesse in the Eleanor’s magazine “The Gaitpost” November 2017 issue (pg 27).

And don’t forget to check out Cara Grimshaw’s photography