Horse Artist Interview – Jennifer Pratt

Jennifer Pratt

Website & Places you can find my work online
Studio Blog:
Canadian Artwork Series Blog:
Facebook: Equestrian Artist Jennifer Pratt
Follow Jennifer on twitter: @jennprattartist

Where I am
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I’ve been drawing horses since I was a child, but later when it came to choosing a career, I choose to study Interior Design. I graduated at the top of my class and practiced in the field with serveral well recognized corporate and hospitality design firms in Downtown Toronto.

I was quickly making my way to a project management role, but this left me very empty creatively. It was after my move out of the ‘big city’ that I started to draw horses again.

My equine artwork began to sell and I soon weaned myself off my previous career

I do believe that studying design was a great asset to my in my artistic career regardless of the fact that I didn’t continue within that profession.


Gitana – Commission: 16×16 coloured pencil and pastel

When did you first start drawing horses?
It began more seriously in high school. I was lucky to attend a high school that had a multi-faceted arts program. I was able to create horse art in many medias, Scupture (clay and plaster), wood carving, painting, drawing and photography, including darkroom time.

What is your favorite breed?
Hmm, tough question! I love anything warmblood! I have a keen personal interest in sporthorse breeding and try as best I can to learn about bloodlines. I most like to study Canadian Bred Sporthorse Breeders.

After years of importing horses, I believe we have plenty of great quality horses being bred right in our own backyard.

Panama K

Panama K – 12×16 oil on canvas, sold

Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
I do own a very special mare, named “Illy”. She is by a Dutch Stallion out of a Thbd/Trak mare. She is truly full of character, and has loads of presence. However; I freely admit she is not the ideal mount for me given the amount of time I have to commit to riding. I”m just too attached to her to let her go.

Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art?
LOL..I have a few..but first coffee..then music, most importantly!

Untitled in Orange

Untitled in Orange: 12×16 oil on Canvas, juried into Art Horse Magazine’s Ex Arte Equinus Show. Available for purchase

Is there a particular place that brings you inspiration?
I love hilltops…anywhere that has a view over a distance. Whether it be over looking fields or oceans…I dream of one day owning a house on a hill with a spectacular view.

What effect do you think the Internet will have on art in general?
Positive! we can get our work out and viewed to a much larger audience. There are so many tools today to choose from.

Has it had an effect on yours?
About 80% of my business comes from internet marketing, or via my website.

Which one is your personal favorite piece?
Another tough question. Probably my coloured pencil drawing of my mare Illy, which I gave to my husband for his birthday one year (the horse was actually bought for him) I spent weeks on it and it is probably the most luminous coloured pencil drawing I have ever done.


Illusion – my muse Illy : 16×20 coloured pencil

Would you ever sell it?
I would say not, but everything is for sale if the dollar is right…

What else are you passionate about?
Art History, I love reading and studying the work of the great masters.

Working on anything new?
Plenty! I recently decided to put aside the coloured pencils which I have worked in for years, to delve into oil media. It is an exciting transition and I have found a new freedom with oils that I was not able to express with pencil media. There is nothing like being totally immersed in a painting and seeing it come alive! I am also using much more ‘colour’ than I did in the you can clearly see by looking through my current portfolio!

More to Come

Thanks to Jennifer for answering the interview and sharing her art. Be sure to subscribe to her art blog for updates about her latest works.

Also stay tuned for more interviews with horse artists and photographers.

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*Top Image – Eye Study – Quiz D’Orange : 8×10 oil on linen, available for purchase

11 Comments on “Horse Artist Interview – Jennifer Pratt

  1. Brooke (1texascowgirl)

    Following you on twitter, beautiful art work, you are very talented. What a wonderful way to make a living, being able to do what you love and being so good at it. Good luck!

  2. Kimberly Santini

    Jenn is an amazing artist, full of energy, and so inspiring. She chooses a path and follows it diligently, both in and outside of the studio. I am so proud of her accomplishments, and know this is just the beginning of many wonderful pieces in the future!

  3. Naomi

    Very beautiful work and i loved the interview, You use coloured pencils so well, I was wondering what kind you use, and how you get the blending so smooth. I am 15 and adore horses, and perhaps plan on doing horse psychology as a future career but I love art, and may perhaps change my mind and do equine art, is there any pointers you can give me to help me become as talented as you? Very wonderful art, it is breathe taking <3

  4. Miranda Herbert

    I love the way your pencil drawings capture light! The horses look like they are going to walk right off the page. What type of paper and pencils did you use for your drawing of Illy?

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