Equine Art


Horses have historically been a popular subject for both painters and sculptors, and for good reason. Their clearly visible muscling and combination of power and grace in movement are very inspiring to an artist. An additional aspect to try to capture is the subtle relationship between horse and rider or driver, as ideally the two function almost as a single entity. Every good horseman or woman is, in some degree, a horse whisperer. Get in touch if you would like see the reference photos (usually taken by me) that I worked from in order to see the faithfulness in capturing the subject. To discuss a possible commission, email at karlericleitzel@gmail.com or call at 814-422-8461.

Currently available equine art

Associate Member - Oil Painters of America
Member - Portrait Society of America

Painting of horse and rider by Karl Eric Leitzel

Horse and Rider
Oil on canvas board, 12x9 inches
2016 (Commission)


 

Draft horse oil painting by Karl Eric Leitzel of Judd Fitze driving a Belgian and cart for Sherwood Groves Farm.

Belgian and Cart (driven by Judd Fitze, of
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania )
Oil on canvas, 20x16 inches
2013
(SOLD)

Painted in late afternoon light outdoors at the Centre County Grange Fair Draft Horse Show, Men's Cart division. Horse owner is Sherwood Groves Farm.

Quarterhorse and Rider oil painting by Karl Eric Leitzel.

White Quarter Horse and Rider
Oil on canvas, 20x16 inches
2013

Painted during warmups at the 2013 AQHA Show at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.


Belgian draft horse and cart oil painting by Karl Eric Leitzel

Belgian and Cart (driven by Monty Miller of
Heartland Farms, Dayton, Pennsylvania )
Oil on canvas, 16x20 inches
2013

Another piece from the Centre County Grange Fair Draft Horse Show, Men's Cart division..

Draft horse team painting by Karl Eric Leitzel

Belgian Team and Show Wagon
Oil on canvas, 16x20 inches
2013 (Commission)

Sherwood-Groves Farm, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, driven by Don Sherwood.

Draft horse painting by Karl Eric Leitzel

Windermere Farms World Champion "Moose"
Oil on canvas, 24x32 inches
2013 (Commission)

With owners Gerald and Melissa Allebach.

Horse portrait oli painting by Karl Eric Leitzel

Amish Draft Horse on Pasture
Oil on canvas panel, 12x16 inches
2014

 

Equine Oil Painting Pricing and Process

Painted in oils on canvas. Photo session and other planning are included, exclusive of any travel/shipping costs that may be involved. Most frame options are also included within the range. An exact price will be determined when composition, frame style, and other relevant factors are decided. I generally require 30% down after photo reference and other decisions are in place to proceed, and the balance at completion of the painting. Sales within Pennsylvania will have 6% sales tax added. Beautiful giclee prints on canvas can be done from the original at a much lower price for anyone wanting a copy.

2015 Commissioned Painting Prices

Horse portrait:
12x9 canvas (either orientation) $450-550
16x12 canvas (either orientation) $600-800
20x16 canvas (either orientation) $900-1100
24x18 canvas (either orientation) $1100-1300
30x24 canvas (either orientation) $1600-2000

Cart and single horse, or horse and rider:
12x9 canvas (either orientation) $550-650
16x12 canvas (either orientation) $800-1000
20x16 canvas (either orientation) $1200-1500
24x18 canvas (either orientation) $1400-1800
30x24 canvas (either orientation) $2000-2600

Draft hitch or multiple horses and riders, or close-up portrait of horse and one person:
12x9 canvas (either orientation) $650-750
16x12 canvas (either orientation) $950-1200
16x20 or 12x24 canvas (either orientation) $1400-1700
18x24 canvas (either orientation) $1600-2100
24x30 or 18x36 canvas (either orientation) $2400-3200
36x48 canvas (either orientation) $5000-6000

Note: For a short time, as I build my portfolio of equine images, most commissions will be at or just below the bottom end of the quoted range.

 

The Process

After first discussing the commission and agreeing to a size, price, and design approach, we would set up a photo session of the subject. This session allows me to get plenty of photos with the detail and lighting I need. In the central Pennsylvania area, I can either visit your location or meet you at one of the larger shows where I might be taking other photos, as well. In cases where this is not possible, I would look at your available photographs and decide whether they are suitable as working references. I might also be able to suggest pointers to enable you to take the photos I need at your location. The quality of photo reference is critical to painting a high quality portrait. After the session, I would choose several photos that could work well for me as a main reference and have you decide which you like the best. I would then be ready to begin as my schedule permits. A painting of this kind from beginning to end can take as little as one month if there is no schedule backlog, but that will not always be possible. The alkyd oils I use are faster drying than traditional oils, but just as high quality, and this helps speed up the process. When I feel that I've finished the piece to my satisfaction, I would have you either view it in person or through emailed high-resolution images to make sure you are satisfied before final varnishing and framing.

I normally expect payment of 30% at the completion of the photo session (if needed) and followup decisions, and the final 70% plus sales tax (if within Pennsylvania) upon completion of the portrait.

 

 

 

  


 

Contact the artist at karlericleitzel@gmail.com

page last updated 10/10/2016