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Etsy Whoa Horse Art Team

Updated: 2018-02-02T16:40:22.321-08:00


updated 5th February 2016


Whoa Team 2015


Wishing all our members a Happy and Successful Year ahead

Peaceful Christmas Wishes


Wishing a Peaceful Christmas time filled with Joy to all our Members and Friends

Midsummer News


NEWS; Alison Fennell's (eastwitching) beautiful watercolours have been featured with other Etsy artists on a US TV programme showcasing artists work, particularly art suitable for children. Go See, heres the link.

Top Scores in Dressage Artistry


Just a sample from a few of our members work that incorporate Dressage into their Artworks.
equinoxphoto, JKistlerStudios, adreenharris, LaurieJordan, MoosePantsStudio, yholste, SilverWishes, cowgirlsforacause.



ACEO's, Miniature works of Art


ACEO, a handy abbreviation for Artists Cards Editions and Originals, are a perfect way to collect art, where finances and sometimes wall space are limited.
Many collectors have their Aceo art framed, while others have them mounted within albums to view, akin to having your own private Art Gallery.
ACEO art is available in all the usual mediums, forms and subjects, watercolours, oils, and altered art to name just a few.
They are always within their own miniature sizing format for ACEO work, of 2 1/2" by 3 1/2 inches. Truly a delightful small wonder.
Just a few of our members aceos below are from....
KerryOriginals, danaelola, CarlaKurtArt, susanbrack, SusanMontyFineArt, and Pentip.


Farewell to JoAnn


It is with extreme sadness and sincere condolences to her family, that we say goodbye to a wonderfully caring soul and talented artist in the form of JoAnn (westartglass).JoAnn has just just passed after a recent illness leaving bereaved husband Harold, her daughter and two grand children. For those members who were not lucky enough to have been touched by JoAnn, she was a kind and caring person, who always took time out to help others along the way.She worked as an artist in many medias, including one of her favourites glass, in all its beautiful forms, stained glass, fused and Dichoric.JoAnn loved horses, having owned, raised, trained and ridden her own in show classes and for pleasure.As an artist she had won many awards and accolades, and cared about wildlife and the environment as well as people, and supported many charities.I include a link to her profile on Ebay and Etsy, this is an extract from the start and end of the Etsy profile...Please take time to read JoAnn's profiles, they are very inspirational, its starts with..'I am married to the best husband in the world, we have one daughter and two grand children'and ends with..'and Always be kind to one another'Etsy Profile profile JoAnn enjoyed celebrating her Cherokee heritage,in her many creations that feature Native American artwork.[...]

Love of Horses



St.Valentine's day is all about Love, but perhaps the Saint most associated with Animals and their Welfare would be St. Francis. Most Artists have a big heart and reading their blogs and profiles you will see their homes are usually crowded with a motley menagerie of rescued animals, here are just a few of our many members that donate a percentage of proceeds from their shop sales to homing and rescue charities.
Top to Bottom, are
DebLittle, for The Cloud Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping wild horses on their rightful homelands in the wild.
Equinoxphoto, for Cowgirls for a cause rescue equines and dogs
Ksantini, for Animal Welfare
Linda Shantz, for the Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society
EpicFarms, for Epic farms rescue and homing horses
MustangaDayChallenge, for Alder Hill Farm Rescue
SusanMontyFineArt, for Pure thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue


Model Horses




Many of our Whoa members work in three dimensionable art forms.
Here are just a few.
Listed from Top to Bottom in order are beautiful works from
redwyvernstudio, feltability, bluedogrose, CrystallineHorse, Needlenags, KarenLaudeDesign,& promisespromises

IMPORTANT Please Existing Members


IMPORTANT Please Existing Members... Not Yet transfered to the New Etsy Team Site, Please CHECK your ETSY CONVOS,
Re; 7th Jan 2011, and click on the LINK within and respond to transfer to the NEW ETSY SITE..Thank You
This is the only way I know to add you to The New Site.
I have posted several convos since the new site appeared to all existing members, in addition subsequently to all the members who have yet to respond, and on this site and chat threads etc. I realise that Christmas has taken up many artists time and personal committments, and situations change. Everyone may not wish to continue as a member, or some members are no longer using their Etsy Shops. So after another period of time has elapsed, to that end if no responses are made, I will eventually remove the shop links etc from this blog to keep this blog current and up to date.
If that comes about, you can of course rejoin again at any time in the future.



Congratulations to Sheona Hamilton-Grant for her success in the well known Ex Arte Equinus Art Horse Magazine annual show, her works 'Holding on' and 'Hurricane' will be published in their new book, out soon.

Congratulations to Deb Little, when Jen opened up the latest edition of Horse Illustrated magazine, perusing their Holiday Gift guide. The first item in the guide were the popular horse pendants by a Whoa Team member, Deb Little!

Congratulations to Jen, Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor. Jen, herself has the honour of being an official Painted Ponies Artist, and has had her designs manufactured and has one of her creations featured in their calendar for January.
Just announced, on the Trail of Painted Ponies website, Jen's design, Appy Holidays, will be at the Atlanta Gift Show! I believe it will be available to collectors in July.

Congratulations Akiko,(artbyakiko) has recently had The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS) contact her saying that her "Lynx" aceo won Third Place in Birds & Animals category. This was her first entry to the show.

To view their works click on the links. :)

Seasons Greetings


Wishing all our Members the compliments of the Season, for a Happy and Peaceful Christmastide, and a Creative, and Successful New Year .
Painting by Sir Alfred Munnings

Snow Days


Artists featured; LindaShantz , aleciaunderhill, delarenaissance artbyregant, equinepencilart, and grandhorse.

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Through a Camera's Lense






(image) Just a few of our Etsy Whoa Team members Photographic artworks.
From Top to Bottom, etsy shops,
deblittle,Irelandrose, shanekelly, Grayhorsedesigns,
NatureVisions, Celticcatphotos.
Links to all Etsy Shops left

Jewellery for Horse Devotees


The Etsy Whoa Horse artists Team has many members that produce Jewellery of in a wide selection of differing styles to suit many tastes, here is just a very small random pick.
Top to bottom order, sellers featured are listed with their shop links below photographs..







Autumn Snapshot


Paintings with an Autumnal Warmth to fill the chilly days ahead.
Artists and their Etsy Shop name links Listed for the paintings as shown






Mare and foal below, Artist

Sketchbook Auction Sold Today 20th AUGUST









The Whoa Sketchbook first started in 2008, by the original founding group on Ebay, and its contributing members, The sketchbook is to be auctioned on Ebay, starting August 10th, for a 10 day auction period ending on 20th August, auctioned by by Jennifer, the well known artist of Gypsymarestudios, proceeds will be given to benefit a horse welfare charity.Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary
Many well known artists have contributed sketches and art for the sale. see link to view all their works...The Sketchbook started off in England with Danielle Barlows wonderful sketches from Dartmoor, Just click on this link... below..



Hi everyone,
I didn't know who to ask permission from to put a post here so feel free to delete this. I had an idea that I wanted to share with all of you. I received an email from an Etsy artist today offering to let me post two of my photos on her facebook page. She said that she was going to have an ever changing gallery of Etsy art. I thought, what a fantastic idea. She's not only helping other Etsy artists but she's bringing exposure to her own page and work. I wondered why we don't have a facebook page for our Whoa team? We could have different photo albums for different mediums and let members post a specific number of photos to illustrate exactly what they do. We could link with this blog and have new blog posts announced on the page as well as maybe news about our members. It would be a great way to advertise both the team and Etsy. I've been surprised when I post my Etsy news on my own facebook page that so many haven't heard of this wonderful site.
So, what do you think? You can reach me here to let me know,
~Sande Elkins, Gray Horse Designs

Featured Artist - Timothy Riesing


Whoa Horse Art Team would like to welcome Tim Riesing, of Riesings Rockers, as our featured artist! Be sure to check out his Etsy Shop for some really amazing and unique equine art.Please tell us a little about yourself, Tim.I am a Wisconsin State Fair Most Look Alike twin winner (the year shall remain my secret), have been married thirty nine (I think) years, am an empty nester with a daughter in Minneapolis, a son in Madison Wisconsin and another five miles from our home. We live in Franklin Wisconsin, a southern suburb of Milwaukee. I graduated from UW Madison majoring in Art, Science and History. I’ve worked as an art director in the advertising field for over twenty years. Bonnie and I were married when I was still at the UW and lived in Madison for several years. Those were happy times.When did you first start in the rocking animal business?We were in a Doctor’s waiting room when my son Nathan was small. He was having a great time on the simplest rocking horse you could imagine. “I could make that” I said in my big grown up voice. Some time later (thanks to my big grown up over thinking) there sat in our apartment, a full sized four legged horse with mane and tail whose saddle was four feet off the ground and required Bonnie to hold each boy in turn for the duration of his ride. They loved it, she hated it. I started again and created a legless horse, lion and rhino. Everyone was happy. Years later, in need of a hobby, I picked up where I left off. A series of downsizes brought me to where I am today.What inspires you to create?I have always been inspired by any form of expression, from the earliest cave paintings to the impressionists. Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth have always been special. I admire those who create music as well. (I myself am tone def and couldn’t carry a tune to save my life) I’d have to say my biggest inspiration has been my twin brother Tom. He is himself a very talented craftsman. He is a great admirer of Native American art and works in the most authentic and traditional ways. The things he creates are of museum quality and he amazes me with his unquestioning willingness to rework or start again until he achieves perfection. I’ve been chided many times for my “I’ll get it next time” attitude. I have to say that his encouragement and pushing has been a great blessing. (By the way, he approves of where he has now brought me)Is any one piece a favorite?My favorite piece is always the one I’m doing now. My next favorite is always the one in my head. As soon as I can see light at the end of the tunnel, I’m planning my next project. In the past, I’ve often had as many as four pieces in different stages at the same time. Each piece is researched for accuracy, and I enjoy learning new information about the many unexpected ramifications of each. I try to tell a little story around many of my works and often try to have a little fun with that story. Any Pets?Since we took in a stray “for a little while” when I was in school, we have always had at least one cat. For the last twenty years or so, we have always had two. Our older cat is Ivy, a large long haired black Siberian. I’ve always called her “our dog” because she was always at the door waiting when I came in and followed me around (often underfoot) like one. I laughed heartily when on a recent “Cats 101” show; they referred to the Siberian as “the dog” of the cat world. In my piece “To Hounds”, her regal paws crossed way of relaxing can be seen in the attitude of my fox. Our younger cat is H[...]

Featured Artist: Sheona Hamilton Grant


Our newest featured artist is Sheona Hamilton Grant who lives in Belgium.To learn more about Sheona, please visit her website, blog or Etsy shop! You can also become a fan of Sheona's work on Facebook.How long have you been selling on Etsy? 1 yearWhat are your earliest memories of creating equine art? Drawing a big stallion on a chalkboard in school at the age of 13 and being upset when it was wiped off and replaced by algebra.What is your favorite medium? Graphite: pencils rock! ;)What artists have influenced your work or provided inspiration?The most important influence has to be the words of wisdom given to me by my brother (a very talented graphic artist) “never forget the beauty of each stroke”. He has always been my most honest and constructive authority in a way only brothers can be. Mike Sibley has had a big influence by proving that the pencil has no boundaries and that it is all down to how we see.I have also found inspiration in the work of the many masters.Magritte for his skill for painting the obvious, his no-fuss technique and use of “less is more” to create confusion, shock and a lasting impression.Degas, Rubens & Rembrandt for their terrific pencil and brush strokes.Da Vinci the wisest most accomplished artist ever to have lived. His art & equine art is inspirational.Hopper for his use of light & compositional strength.Growing up I was surrounded by images of illustrator Rien Poortvliet and photographers Helmut Newton, Robert Doiseneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson & Bruce Davidson . They showed me an honest and sincere way of representing the world.Please tell us a little about your pets. Basilika, my gorgeous Swedish Warmblood. She is now 20 and living out her years in a life of luxury in Brussels.Oliver Tiddles & Jessy Jane our two cats. Both rule the house, are useless at moussing but very good and purring, eating, sleeping and pretending to listen to anything I have to say.Johnny J0 is our part-time hound. Actually he’s my parents long haired Jack Russell now in his 15th year. He lives with us when my parents are travelling. He lives with us most of the year. He hates cameras, thinks he’s stronger and than a German Shepard and never tires of being with children.Any future plans you'd like to share? Big Solo Show in Germany in the State Stud in Warendorf (10 April to the 2nd of May)I will be showcasing over 40 drawings old and new.Finishing writing a book “My Colours of Graphite”, a retrospective of my work and how it all came about. The launch will be early spring."Zig Zag" - Click HERE to purchase this print.[...]

Spotlight on Jennifer Pratt


Our newest featured artist is Jennifer Pratt from Ontario.To learn more about Jenn, please visit her website and blog. For original paintings and notecards, visit her Etsy Shop.How long have you been selling on Etsy?I've been on Etsy for almost one year.What do you like about selling on Etsy? I love Etsy! It's easy for one, and there is great quality of work throughout the site. It has also made it easy to make my work available to collectors - both local and from other countries. "Toby" 8x10 oil on canvas What are your earliest memories of creating equine art? Grade school - in my world, horses were the only subject! whether is was clay, plaster, wood, paint or paper! What is your favorite medium? Oil! I was a coloured pencil artist for years, but made the switch last year and never looked back.Gran Gesto - Canadian Olympic Dressage Team, BeijingWhat artists have influenced your work or provided inspiration? I credit two specific artists who provide me great inspiration - Vicki McMurry for colour and John Singer Sargent for brushwork and direct painting methods. However I credit all artists and artwork around me for continued inspiration daily! Please tell us a little about your pets. Pets - my dog Maddie, about 11 +/-. a rescue Shep/Collie mix. I have a hard time wondering why she was a rescue, we love her to pieces. She has become my four year old son's best friend and means so much to us in our lives. I've been a horse owner for many years, but late last year decided to take a break to focus on painting in greater depth. My lovely Dutch bred mare has gone to a friend for breeding and we are beyond excited to see a foal from her in the future. Eye Study III8x10 oil on linen[...]

Featured Artist: Steph Hanson


Our featured artist is Steph Hanson of StephHansonCreations. Steph lives in Arizona and donates a portion of all her sales to Dreamchaser Horse Rescue.  To read more about Steph, please visit her blog, Spirit Horse Art.How did you find Etsy and how long have you been selling there? I think I found Etsy while searching the internet for handmade jewelry. I was beyond excited to discover such an awesome online marketplace. I had dreamed of being able to shop for great handmade items for years! It was also a dream of mine to sell my art and use the money I made to help animals. I opened my shop in July, 2008. I began with acrylic paintings and ACEO's, then added clay pendants and clay art. Just recently I started beading Dreamchaser Horse Rescue's new pewter pendants, and realized that I really enjoy beading as well as painting and working with clay!How long have you been creating jewelry? I have always been really into art - especially drawing and painting, but when I became a new mom and was able to stay at home, I started dabbling in clay and other new mediums. I have been creating my clay pendants for about 2 years now. I am new at beading! I just recently tried my hand at it a few months ago, and I really enjoy it! I have become a gemstone and bead addict! Where do you find inspiration for your work?I am incredibly inspired by the horses and other animal friends at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. Words cannot describe how amazing these animals are, and what a privilege it is for me to call them my friends. I could be having the worst, most uninspiring day ever day ever - but a trip to the Rescue fixes that. Being around these beautiful, majestic creatures, as well as being surrounded by what I think is the most beautiful desert country in the U.S. is unbelievably inspiring.Do you have any favorite artists? Many! I love the Impressionists - especially Van Gogh. I love contemporary Southwestern Artists such as John Nieto, Pablo Milan, Aleta Pippin, Barbara Meikle, Earl Bliss, Nancy Cawdrey, Kevin Red Star, Ginny Hogan and many, many others.Please tell us a little about your pets? We have three kitties we adopted from Cat Rescues and two very LARGE dogs. Cody is a 90 lb mutt and was adopted from the County shelter. Daisy is half German Shepherd and half Australian Shepherd and she came from a German Shepherd Rescue here in Phoenix. I am very close to a horse at the Rescue named Sinatra. He is a "Pintaloosa" (Paint crossed with Appaloosa) and he is a five year old former Premarin foal. Anything else you would like to include?100% of sales from my new beaded necklaces goes to Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. They make great gifts for horse lovers! I enclose a Thank You card and brochures from the Rescue with each order.Steph & Sinatra at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue[...]

Whoa Team Spotlight: Gypsy Mare Studios


October Spotlight Artist: Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor of Gyspy Mare Studios How long have you been selling on Etsy?I opened my shop in January 2008. I'd been selling on Ebay since 1999 and was fed up with their fees and policy changes and wanted to branch out.What do you like about selling on Etsy? I love their low listing fees, 20 cents, you can't beat that! They also charge a low commission when something sells. I also really like the people I've met on Etsy. I traded art with another seller and made a great friend!What is your favorite medium? That's hard to say since I've worked in many. I would say the medium I use most is acrylic paint since it's easy to use and clean up and it dries quickly. I enjoy painting in oils the most - I love the way they blend and the rich colors. I also really like sculpting in paper clay and hope to do more when I have the chance. Lastly, I love photography. I haven't sold any of my pictures but I take my camera where ever I go!Where do you find inspiration for your art?In short - everywhere! In my garden, on weekend trips to Longwood Gardens, horse shows, the zoo and museums. Reading children's books to my 3 year old daughter, driving around the beautiful Lancaster County countryside where I live. I think most artists are always looking for things to inspire them - there is beauty all around us! I'm always looking at things - from clouds to bugs - thinking, how would I paint that?Do you have any favorite pieces? Right now it's a painting of a thoroughbred stallion I used to care for. I painted him in oils this year and the painting hangs next to my art table. This horse was a real jerk and one day he bit me when I was walking past his stall - nearly took my arm off! I still have a large bump on my arm and the scars to prove it! I also love Halloween. The Headless Horseman plays a key role in a lot of my work this time of year. Any tips for other artists just starting out on the web? Blog, blog, blog! Number one tip. I've been saying it for awhile now but I noticed that the Artist's Magazine had this in their top ten as well. It's free, it's easy, people will get to know you and want to buy your work. I have had my Gypsy Mare Studios blog going since 2007. I've made some really great friends through blogging! Any pets? We have three cats - Meemee, Zazu and a new ginger kitten named Pumpkin. I had a horse that I raised from a foal but I had to sell him to buy our house 2 years ago. Very sad but family comes first and I know I will have a horse again someday. How do you envision your artistic future?I'd love to take some college art classes since I'm mostly self taught. I'm also working on illustrating a children's book about horses and Halloween. One of my customers, and now friend, has come up with the wonderful text, I just need to work on the art. Illustration is one of my favorite art forms. I would love to be known someday for illustrating children's books.You can find more of Jennifer's work on her blog, The Mare's Tales, and on her website. Become a fan on Facebook.Follow Gypsy Mare Studios on Twitter.[...]

Whoa Team Spotlight: Moonlight Photography


Meet Whoa Team member, Deborah Lehman, of Moonlight Photography. How long have you been selling on Etsy?I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary this week.How do you like selling on Etsy?I love it! It is so easy and convenient.I get instant feedback when listing a new item,and I simply love the treasuries!What is your favorite medium? Photography"A Boy and His Horse" - click to purchaseHow do you find inspiration for your art?Nature and color, beauty in all things actually.Recently the horses!Do you have any favorites?Baffler Love, because I feel it was a one in a lifetime shot! Strike a Pose, because it is a great combination of photography and photoshop and finally A Boy and His Horse, my grandson and Baffler!"Baffler Love" - click to purchaseAny pets? Sadly I lost my fabulous Doberman (Gretyl) a couple of years ago,but I have two cats Tink and Jet and now my new stallion, Mr. Man. I have fallen head over heels for him, he is quite a character!How do you envision your artistic future?I really don't know where photography will take me. I have only been at it seriously for about 2 years and I know I still have a lot to learn.I just focus on learning and creating whatever comes will be a bonus. I am grateful for the inspiration Etsy and Whoa Team have given me! Being a part of a group is wonderful and joyous. I look forward to all the new creative avenues to explore in the coming years!"Strike a Pose" - click to purchase[...]

July Spotlight Artist: Danielle Barlow


The Whoa Team spotlight artist interview this month is Danielle Barlow from Devon, England. Drop in on her blog, Notes from the Rookery, or her Etsy Store, you will be delighted by what you find!How long have you been selling on Etsy?Since the beginning of 2008.What do you like about selling on Etsy?I love that it is such a vibrant arts and crafts community. It is a great looking site, easily navigable and with loads of great features, especially the treasuries! Oh, and the fees are very reasonable - particularly when you consider what you would have to pay a gallery in commission.What are your earliest memories of creating equine art? We had a book of Thelwell cartoons when I was very young, and I spent hours painstakingly copying his drawings. I was probably about 6 at the time.What is your favorite medium? Watercolour, for it's luminosity and unpredictability, and Indian Ink, used with a dipping pen, because I love the liberating spontaneity it gives my drawings ( I have a tendency to get bogged down in unnecessary detail if I am not stopped!)What artists have influenced your work or provided inspiration? Many artists, but it always tended to be the illustrators who made the greatest impression. I grew up on a diet of Arthur Rackam, Edmund Dulac and Aubrey Beardsley. These days I have a growing collection of children's books, unable to resist the beautiful illustrations. My favourites are Charles Keeping (whose illustrations for Alfred Noyes poem, 'The Highwayman' are absolutely awesome!), Errol le Cain and Helen Ward. Please tell us a little about your pets.Oh, there are several!Magpie, a Labrador collie cross, my faithful shadow!Beetlejuice and Miu, two cats.Red, my beautiful 15hh appaloosa , nearing 20, but still a handful!Matthew and Foggy, my girls ponies, 12.3hh and 11.3hh respectively, middle aged geldings,Marlene, a 4 year old Dartmoor mare, and Sandpiper , a 2 year old Dartmoor x Highland filly.[...]