An Aspiring Artist: Catherine Potter's Horse Illustrations
Last week, I was on Instagram just scrolling through pictures when all of a sudden this beautiful drawing of a horse showed up. It blew me away at first glance, but when I realized that one of my dearest friends drew it, I was more stunned. Her name is Catherine Potter. She is a senior TCU student from Austin, Texas (with Kentucky roots as well) studying Fashion Merchandising and Business with hopes to attend Law School in the future. She has become a huge part of my life these past few years, so being able to share her work is an honor. Below is her artwork and some background about her love of horses and of art.
Q: How long have you been drawing for?
I've been involved in the arts from a young age. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed drawing and painting. It has always been my hobby, passion and a rewarding creative outlet.
Q: How has your experience as an artist changed throughout your life?
My style has evolved over the years. I am very detail oriented and I find that with a pen I can better illustrate the details I wish to represent. I've had experience in printmaking, screen printing, pencil and pen drawing, acrylic and watercolor painting, pastels and charcoal, and ceramics, to name a few.
Q: What is your favorite thing to draw?
I especially enjoy drawing equestrian portraits. I find their anatomy to be a challenging subject matter to master, but one I find infinitely fascinating. Both my experience riding horses and drawing them has allowed me the ability to accurately render a convincing illustration.
Q: What is it about horses that inspires your art?
That's a tough question to answer singularly. There are so many things to consider. Their statuesque grandeur, their keen instincts and playful intellect, their beautiful spirit and willingness to partner with the rider - everything about horses inspires me to attempt to capture something of their awesome nature.
Q: What is your history with horses?
I have always loved horses for as long as I can remember. I went horseback riding in the summers at camp growing up in Texas and still find it to be one of my favorite things to do. My family has roots in Kentucky and it's my dream to own and operate a horse farm one day, and hopefully breed a Kentucky Derby winner.
Q: Where do you see your art taking you in the future?
I have no idea, and I'm planning to remain open to all opportunities that allow me to use and develop my artistic skills because I believe my artistic ability is purely a gift and not something I made happen. But wherever it does take me, you can be sure there will be a horse in the picture.