Studio 46 - James Koskinas

Category / Medium:  Paintings / Drawings - Acrylic

Favorite nearby restaurant:  Meow Wolf




A chance meeting with a lost stallion on an Arizona highway set in motion my lifetime obsession with painting horses.  Later I added a rider to these horses.  More recently I have focused my attention on horse portraits. The riders have become self portraits and a search for unity between horse and man.  

I am fascinated with the shape of the horse, especially the head.  I change the shape of the head, sometimes lengthening it, sometime shortening it. I like to paint them life size or almost life size. I can abstract it, elongate it, shorten it.  Painting the horses on paper allows me to be more spontaneous and expressive and make them more abstract. I can always go back to the horse, he never disappoints me.