Born in devon in 1961, louise grew up in rural surrey. after a foundation year at brighton polytechnic, she graduated with a fine art degree at norwich school of art. Louise’s common motivation for looking at horses is their means of expression through movement. she aims to emulate the expression, indeed the sensation of movement, using oil paint and charcoal. the use of colour is vital to her paintings; she uses is to exaggerate a gesture or emphasise the glamour of a situation when painting polo or racing. very often she splashes colour on to a painting to give a feeling of unity to the composition or to suggest the direction in which the subject is moving. she shows in great detail the way a horse conveys its thoughts and emotion by a look in its eye, the angle of its head or the flaring of a nostril.