A timeless pastel painting
I had followed the horse and rider for some distance along the beach, staying partially hidden in the dunes, camera clicking away, as they cantered along the sand.
It was wonderful to watch - so inspiring.
I finished the painting just in time for my first solo exhibition and it was selected as the feature artwork to promote the exhibition on the gallery's own signage.
Some time later, the painting was on exhibit at another gallery, when I received a phone call to tell me that the painting had sold to a lovely couple from interstate, who had called in with no intention of buying anything.
Apparently when they first saw 'Anticipation' the woman said she couldn't tear herself away and she knew that she couldn't possibly leave without it.
The image bore an uncanny likeness to her own daughter, whose horse had died tragically while she was riding him.
I was told she would 'wait until the time was right' before giving her daughter the painting.
I was moved to tears by the sadness of their story and deeply touched that my painting had made such a profound impact.