Halee VanDevander (formerly Halee Lewis)
Actually, I just turned fourteen yesterday!
Website & Places to find my art online
Deviant Art: Green Horse Arts
Where I am
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come
I was born in California near Napa Valley, growing up in a lush forested area where there was no shortage of horses. Though I rode at every chance I could, it wasn’t until I was ten that I got the chance to be up close on a constant basis. At eleven, I moved away to wild horse country with a new family member, a dad (stepdad) to love.
It was at the age of twelve when I truly began to work on drawing. At first, admittedly I drew nothing but anime because I was scared to attempt to improve at horses. When I did draw them, I drew in a watered down ‘Spirit’ style.
On my thirteen birthday, I discovered the joy of realism and that is exactly where I have stayed for a year now.
When did you first start drawing horses?
I’ve always drawn them, but didn’t start trying hard at it until I got ‘serious’ at art. Until the age of twelve or thirteen, the hardest I worked at horses were doodles on schoolpapers.
What is your favorite breed?
Mm, tough one. But I have a huge passion for Mustangs. And, a soft spot for Arabians. Beautiful animals, horses are as a whole, though.
Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
Not really. Just, horses all together as my inspiration.
No particular horse makes me want to draw, because all of them do. From old nags to young sporthorses.
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your
Not really, actually. I draw anywhere, anytime. As long as I have a pencil, pen, paintbrush, er…stick of eyeliner…I’ll draw.
Is there a particular place that brings you inspiration?
Any place around horses is honestly what inspires me. Seeing wild horses though…It’s the most amazing thing you can ever experience. Especially here in Nevada at Red Rock Canyon. It’s just something about lean ‘broomtails’ covered in reddish dust that makes me need to draw.
Actually, a piece of mine called ‘Wild Horses In My Eyes’ I drew as soon as I got home from my first time seeing wild ones.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art in general?
A huge impact. I would have had no idea how to improve had it not been for the virtual support from other artists. I’ve learned so much so quickly just from viewing all the stunning artwork on the web.
Has it had an effect on yours?
Yes. As stated above, it’s just completely motivated me to see other young artists that were so much better than me. It gave me drive to really want to improve.
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
Oh, that is so, so tough. I love every drawing for different reasons, but my favorite? It has to be ‘Mustang Heart’.
Would you ever sell it?
Well, considering it’s digital….I can’t! However, I would never sell my favorite traditional piece. It’s too dear to me.
What else are you passionate about?
Horses, obviously! Also, writing is second to horses and art. After that, singing. Some say that I’m better at singing and writing than I am at drawing! Ha.
I’m not published with my writing, but I am writing a book called ‘Kimberwicke’ which is, naturally, about horses.
Working on anything new?
Oh, many, many, mannyyyy……More than you can imagine! I’m working on so many things in traditional art, though none of my ‘real’ traditional drawings make to the internet.
More to Come
Thanks to Halee for answering the interview and sharing her art. Be sure to check out her art website periodically for updates about her latest works.
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