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SPECIAL FEATURE: BOULDER COUNTY EQUINE ARTISTS Boulder County’s Equine Artists Laurie Prindle Laurie Prindle of LLPrindle Design (the designer of this fine newsletter and the BCHA logo) is based in Berthoud, CO.

She has done a variety of equine, wildlife and custom pet and horse portraits in different mediums over the last 40 years – from watercolor, colored pencil (her specialty), to pencil and some acrylic.

About 3 years ago, Laurie went digital and has been developing fine art prints using this medium. ”I’ve fallen in love with the digital medium,“ she says. ”It gives me unlimited possibilities and the ability to undo a mistake – which in the old days often meant having to start a piece all over again from scratch.“ These days, her artistic process looks like this: ”A ‘sketch’ starts out by using a 3D digital model of a horse using Poser 7.

The horse model is posed and morphed within the Poser program and exported as a wavefront object into my preferred 3D program, Bryce 6.

Using Photoshop, I make and modify texture maps that ”wrap“ the 3D model of the horse and those maps are applied in Bryce.

Lighting is set up, and sometimes natural landscaping and a rendering is done of the horse in its setting/lighting/ landscape.

That render is now my ”sketch.“ That ”sketch“ gets opened in both Photoshop and Corel Painter and over-painted as a piece of art, using a Wacom Intuos 3 digital drawing/painting tablet.

The final product is printed, up to 16″ x 20″, on an Epson printer using archival quality inks and paper.“ Laurie got hooked on horses while attending Parsons School of Design in New York City in the early ‘80s when she began renting horses at the famous (and now defunct) Claremont Stables in Central Park.

When she moved to Colorado in 1987, she bought her first horse: a Morgan mare named Gracie.

Now, she has two Morgan mares that are buckskin half sisters.

She puts her gals through many paces: eventing and dressage, parades, trail rides, ranch work, exhibition rides, and ”just about anything you can think of.“ They are a powerful inspiration to her in both art and in life. ”I find the horse a great inspiration.

Their grace and nobility, their beauty and energy, are always creating images in my mind.

Riding my horses CON’T LAURIE’S HORSES Above: “Black Thunder”, a 2007 Golden Tori Award winner.

Right page top (l to r): “War Pony” – included in the Daz Hall of Fame; ‘El Caballero” and at bottom “Kiowa Gold”.

Gives me the tranquility of mind to allow the creativity to flow.

I am also heavily influenced by Native American and other Aboriginal art and how the horse is tied into those ancient cultures.

The horse is treated as art unto itself, and that never fails to intrigue me and lead me onto new ideas.“ Laurie runs a full service design and illustration studio that specializes in the equine industry – everything from media kits for Perfect Horse and Trail Rider magazines, to advertising for MD Barns in publications such as Equus 20 THE HORSE’S MOUTH • MAR/APR 2008 and Western Horseman, and websites for all types of equine businesses.

Her fine art work is featured on several digital art sites and has won several digital art awards over the last two years.

Her horse and wildlife prints can be seen and purchased on her website: www.cwrw.net.

Laurie can be contacted by phone at 303-678-0660, or via email at cwrw@llprindle.com.

Her design studio is online at www.llprindle.com. W W W .

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O R G 21 SPECIAL FEATURE: BOULDER COUNTY EQUINE ARTISTS Boulder County’s Equine Artists Carol Walker Located near Lyons, Carol Walker loves to shoot pictures of horses in the snow.

She has been enthralled and around horses since she was 3 years old.

Since she was 12, she’s always owned a horse.

Presently, she has an Andalusian stallion, a partner with whom she does dressage, trail riding and alta escuela.

Regarding her current steed: ”I went to Spain just to photograph horses, not to buy one, and guess what happened…(!) He’s my best subject.“ As a photographer, Carol does portraits, farm calls, fine art, stock images and commercial work from behind the shutter of one of her cameras.

The horse is her wellspring of inspiration for her work: ”The horse at liberty (free, running in the pasture, with no tack) is most inspiring to me because it really shows the horse at his/her best – their joy in life.

I have had tremendous fun photographing people’s older horses like this, because they look younger when they are having fun.

The other most inspiring thing I do is spend time with the wild horses in MT, WY, and here in CO.

Just watching them in their environment, interacting with each other, and being free, is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen or photographed.“ In her images of the horses in the wild, she aims to portray the magnificence of the wild horses, to show people how special they are, so that viewers can be moved to help keep these horses free.

She currently has work at Boulder Horse and Rider and will have a booth at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in March.

Her work is displayed and available for sale on her website at www.livingimagescjw.com.

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