Equestrian artist Natalie Stuteley was born in Bedford City General in 1972 and has had a love for horses for as long as she can remember. She began her rural life in Sparrowhall where her Father was an agricultural engineer on a farm. After the purchase of his own farm in Bedfordshire, Natalie was determined to own her own pony, saving her pocket and birthday money to buy her first pony, Cherry. And so began her adventure with horses!
Her original motivation for painting goes back to her early childhood and her mother effortlessly sketching the most beautiful horses she’d ever seen; the curving wild lines of the arching neck and flowing mane deeply ingrained in her memory. Her Grandad also painted and sculpted, whilst her Grandmother loved all things flora and fauna.
It wasn’t until her mid 20s that she started to focus on equestrian art, after hearing about an event called “The Horse in Art”. Now settled in the South West, surrounded by white horses carved into the chalky hillsides of Wiltshire, Natalie draws inspiration from this stunning and historical landscape together with my admiration for the styles and techniques of the Renaissance art and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, incudign artists John Frederick Herring, George Stubbs, Edwin Landseer and Eugene Delacroix.