Featured Artist Shandy Staab

Painter Shandy Staab beautifully captures the power, grace and character of her equine subjects. Enjoy her portfolio and see more by visiting her website.

 

painting of a team of black horses near a plow by Shandy Staab

“We Did Good” oil on aluminum, 24″ x 18″

 

My work is derived entirely from my experiences.

 

painting of a gray and white horse drinking water by Shandy Staab

“Evening Refreshment” oil on canvas, 16″ x 8″

 

They are often inspired through an intimate, hands-on experience with the subject matter. Living in and among a rich western culture is what encourages many of my pieces to come to fruition.

 

painting of a team of horses in their traces by Shandy Staab

“Vintage” oil on aluminum, 24″ x 24″

 

I have a deep passion for animals both domestic and wild, with horses being my specialty. They are my life force—they spark the flames of desire to create on canvas.

 

painting of a white draft horse in harness by Shandy Staab

“Inimitable” oil on linen, 36″ x 36″

 

Most of my paintings are emotively driven. The employment of soft brush work and insightful, emotive color are at the helm. These elements, paired with correct anatomy, give each of my subjects a sense of naturalism.

 

painting of a team of brown horses by Shandy Staab

“Sunny Day” oil on panel, 10″ x 8″

 

The viewer’s eye is welcomed to muddle through the painting, resting quietly in the soft, loosely applied colors and energized by the brilliant bits of expressive color.

 

painting of horses pulling a wagon by Shandy Staab

“Every Day Treasures” oil on linen, 22″ x 22″

 

I would like to fancy myself a contemporary realist—painting things that are believably real—but adding extra emotion through my use of artistic license. My creative process goes something like this: “Experience it. Feel it. Fall in love with it. Sketch it. Paint it.”

 

painting of a herd of black horses by Shandy Staab

“The Line Up” oil on aluminum, 20″ x 11″

 

I want my viewer to become wrapped up in the feeling I felt when creating. It is simply the icing on the inspirational cake when I can share a moment with my collectors through a painting.

 

painting of a team of gray horses in harness by Shandy Staab

“Team” acrylic on aluminum, 10″ x 8″

 

Art and horses have been a way of life for me. As a child, my playtime consisted mostly of drawing. As a young adult equestrian, I created equine portraits for horse business clients as a side hustle. I’ve turned those entrepreneurial desires into a full-time painting career.

 

painting portrait of three black horses by Shandy Staab

“Trois Chevaux” oil on panel, 20″ x 16″

 

Spending time with horses is what I do for me. Painting is how I relay all those past and current experiences.

 

painting of a horse on a sunlit plain by Shandy Staab

“The Promise” oil on canvas, 40″ x 20″

 

My paintings are stories—true stories—of someone who not only romanticizes the western culture, but someone who has lived it in a real way.

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you Artsy Shark!… What a Beautiful article!

  2. These are all so lovely. Can’t pick a favorite.

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