Noun ~ A source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius
Noun ~ 1. a winged horse that causes the stream Hippocrene to spring from Mount Helicon with a blow of his hoof
2. archaic: poetic inspiration
My first memories are of horses. I lived on a farm among them as a child; crawled on hands and knees to be one of them; touched them; knew what they looked like from below, behind and above; understood their nature and gates, the rhythm and sound of them; knew their husbandry and care…dreamed of them.
When I began to paint and sculpt horses, it was because I no longer had a horse present in my life. My connection to the animal, Equus Caballus, shifted from a solid knowing to a much deeper and less definitive relationship. Unlike many of my wildlife and animal subjects, horses opened a doorway for me that released an intense urge to redefine the way in which I put paint to canvas, or molded clay.
There is a clarity of essence that lies beneath the surface of a subject. More often it is sensed and felt rather than seen. In order to allow the inner essence or spirit to come through into my work, I had to stop painting the surface and look past it to paint what I felt. Form and shape, colour and light became my descriptors rather than the hairs of mane and coat, or the gleam of eye and perfect detail of nostril. Like a statue waiting to be released from stone, my paintings and sculptures wait to be made manifest. My role as an artist is defined by how well I can get out of the way and allow the work to come through with the clarity that I sense.
Artists continually evolve, shift and redefine what they do. It cannot be otherwise, for in growing ourselves, our work will reflect that growth, even in the subtlest of ways. For me, this metamorphosis has moved into all areas of my life and has enriched my own painting of a subject in ways that I could never have conceived.
The image of Horse is my muse, a catalyst that brings me deeper into myself. It is a symbol for my truest connection to the Divine.
~ Kindrie Grove, Penticton, B.C. August 2012
Kindrie Grove is an Alberta born artist, author and illustrator, whose continued pursuit of art as a means of life has led to formal training at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary and a successful career as a professional artist. Kindrie lives with her husband and young son in the wild hills of British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley and maintains a studio in Penticton where she paints and teaches. Her studio is home to a wide variety of art classes and workshops as well as student in residence studios where people can receive mentoring as they work.
Kindrie is very active in a number of community projects and was one of fifty artists invited to participate in the Art for Oil Free Coast Project organized by renowned artist Mark Hobson and the Rain Coast Foundation to travel via the Columbia III up the fiords and estuaries and to the outer islands of the Great Bear Rainforest. To date, she has studied wildlife in their natural habitats across much of North America and southern Africa. She is best known for her extraordinarily large, original oil paintings which explore the magnificent beauty ofthe animal kingdom often emphasizing the complex connections to humans. She is also the author and illustrator of A Field Guide to Horses (Lone Pine Publishing). Her work is currently featured in a number of galleries, and is enjoyed in numerous international private and corporate collections including the Kindrie Grove Wing of the Toronto Congress Centre.
Kindrie makes a practice of donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her works to conservation organizations and environmental charities. Through her work, Kindrie hopes to inspire others to protect the Earth's incredible and vital diversity of life.