Shapiro Fine Art

Collection of traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro. All subjects with an emphasis on commissioned work.

Posts from the ‘Horses’ category

An Oil Painting Of A Woodsman Taking A Break

Scenes like this are seldom seen and I was extremely fortunate to find such a chance and put it to canvas. I came upon this scene whilst out walking at a place called Rodney’s Pillar. Rodney’s Pillar is set on a hilltop in Montgomeryshire about a mile from the boundary with Shropshire. The hilltop rises to 900 ft and at the top give spectacular 360 degree views across Shropshire, Cheshire and Wales. You can follow a path, open to the public, which takes you through woods on both sides and leads up to the hilltop.

There is also pheasant shooting during  the season and from October to January access is closed to the public on a shoot day. The woodsman in the painting was having a lunch break prior to which he had been working his blue roan, Dutch Draft mare, which was flattening bracken in the woods.

 

An oil painting of a Dutch Blue heavy horse and a woodsman taking a midday break.

‘The Woodsman’

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 ins

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‘Theodor’ the Bay’

A commissioned painting (SELECT PAST WORKS, https://wp.me/p2Ijh6-1wU) of Theodor, a dark bay horse. I painted Theodor  some time ago for Brian Garbett who has become a close friend. Brian who has since retired was managing director and owner of Ramases Associates Ltd, a very successful business reinstating people’s lives and property after major disasters.Theodor belonged to Brian’s wife Louise, a lovely woman, who sadly passed away. Along with Theodor I have painted Brian and Louis’s house, which I have recently posted on Linkedin and the lake which Brian excavated out of land adjacent to the house.

 

Oil on canvas panel  20″ x 16″

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‘Maer Hall’ Maer Staffordshire

I painted this scene of Maer Hall for the present owners some years ago. I remember it being a cloudy day towards the end of a very hot summer, hence the scorched look of the paddock and banks of the lawns to the grounds of the Hall.

Along with the owners horses, a Palomino and Chestnut grazing in the paddock, I think this painting epitomizes the English country house.

An oil painting of an English country house with a view of the stable block to the right hand side and a Chestnut and Palomino horse grazing in the forground

Maer Hall Maer Staffordshire

In the past the Hall was much reduced in size and was originally owned by Josiah Wedgwood II, (son of Josiah Wedgwood) the famous potter.

Charles Darwin the English naturalist,known as the father of evolution and author of the Origin of Species (1859) often visited Maer and went on to marry Josiah’s daughter Emma.

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‘At the Stable Door’

I found this horse called Rosie M in a stable block at the back of some farm buildings and decided it would make for a good painting. The horse was looking out over the stable door and looked as if it was taking in the landscape at the back of the buildings, perhaps thinking about the times she has galloped across the fields. I kept the painting for some time in my collection and eventually sold it to the owner of the horse. It transpired that the owner was the daughter of the Hunt Master that owned the farm and she used to ride it in the local hunt.

An oil painting of a horse looking out over a stable door

‘At the Stable Door’

Oil on canvas 36″ x 30″ (91.44 cm x 76.2 cm)

If you would like your horse painted then please get in touch here

 

‘A Quiet Backwater’ 

I discovered this scene of a thatched cottage in a place called Little Hazley which is situated in Oxfordshire, a virtually untouched part of our English landscape where time stands still. I changed the road from tarmac into a dirt path which I thought would be more fitting for this type of scene, beside  I don’t much like tamac in paintings! The painting was snapped up at an exhibition I had in Staffordshire.

 

‘A Quiet Backwater’

Oil on canvas 12″ x 16″ (30.48 cm x 40.64)

Commissions are welcome, all subjects, please contact me here.

 

 

‘Ready for Tack’

Oil painting of a horse standing in a room being prepared for tack

‘Ready for Tack’ 

Oil on canvas 13″ x 16″

An oil painting of a horse at the North Staffs Hunt stable in the tack room being prepared for tack.

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A posthumous horse portrait of ‘Benson’

Benson

‘Benson’

Oil on panel 10 x 8 ins

Posthumous paintings are always a little more tricky to do. It is essential in most cases to meet the subject one paints in order to achieve the character, mood and something of the personality of the animal in question. In the case of a landscape, depending on the elements, one sets out to capture the atmosphere of the view.

The client who commissioned this painting is from East Anglia, and after seeing my work on Facebook asked me if I would paint her beloved horse that passed away sometime ago.

If you would like to commission a painting, posthumous or otherwise, then please get in touch here.

Portrait commission of a huntswoman

 'A Huntswoman of the Cleveland Hunt' Rose Berry Topping in the background' An oil on canvas painting of a hunts woman on horse back at a hunt meet, set with in a landscape in Northumbria.

‘A Huntswoman of the Cleveland Hunt’ Rose Berry Topping in the background’ 

 

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 ins

Here a commissioned painting of a member of the Cleveland Hunt. Rose Berry Topping can be seen in the background.

Rose Berry Topping is an iconic hill situated on the edge of the North York Moors.

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‘The Ploughing Match’

The Ploughing Match‘The Ploughing Match’

Oil on canvas 14 x 20 in

I just love these gentle giants that used to plow the fields in bygone days. I often think I was born in the wrong period for past times always make for more pleasing paintings, especially if you are a traditional painter.