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Horses & Livestock meet Fine Art

Art is another way of keeping a diary. Each diary and its contents mean something different to every reader or viewer.

Who says livestock and horse photography can’t be considered fine art?! Bah humbug, of course it can. This exotic looking Scottish Highland cow is a prime example of how a photo can be transformed into fine art. Plus, when printed on canvas or fine Hahnemule art paper an image such as this becomes a beautiful work of art enhancing anyone’s home or office.

Sometimes simplicity is the key to high impact.

close up of horse

draft horse in harness, close up in fine art

This draft [draught] horse study is one of my favourites after being turned into a work of art through mixed media including photographic texture. I can imagine this printed on canvas, enlarged to beyond life size, and hung in a prominent place on someone’s wall in their home or office. What a conversation piece! {{NOTE: I have recently opened up an online storefront where you can purchase prints, matted & framed, or canvas gallery wraps of some of my work. You’ll recognize some of these images at my shop. Feel free to share the link with friends.}}

Some of you may recall my recent post discussing the value of purchasing original works of art. Whether you consider something from me or from any other artist, when you support original works of art, you are making an investment that you can treasure for years to come but also supporting the future for all artists. Some things are well worth saving for — art is one of them.


Diane can also create original fine art from photographs of your pets, horse, or livestock. She also creates fine art from a wide variety of subject matter. Get in touch and find out more.

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. ~Henri Cartier Bresson

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sherri - May 8, 2010 - 2:17 pm

Each of these is a work of art. My husband and I have always loved the exotic cattle breeds and the soulful eyes of a horse are so touching.

Frida - May 8, 2010 - 3:23 pm

I have always been in love with the Highland cattle I think they are beautiful.

Steve - May 8, 2010 - 5:13 pm

All three of these knock my socks off, Diane. I especially like that red haired Scottish girl with her youngster peeking at you.

The horse collar brings back memories. My grandfather farmed with horses and still had the tack hanging in the barn long after the horses were gone.

ilandsis - May 9, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Magnifique photo géniale

Candace - May 9, 2010 - 2:21 pm

All beautiful! I especially like the first, such a nice pastoral scene, timeless.

Toni - May 9, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Lovely work, Diane. I agree, horses and livestock can definitely be fine art, as can other agricultural elements. Well done.

Deborah Carr - May 10, 2010 - 5:50 pm

How do you find such a gorgeous cow? What wouldn’t I do for hair and eyelashes like that? Although, I’ll keep my own hips, thank you very much.

DesignTies - May 11, 2010 - 10:40 am

The cow is fabulous!! And I love, love, LOVE the close-up of the horse’s eye 🙂

A bigger-than-life canvas of your photos would be amazing!!