Hi there! My name is Willow Barnes and I’m an equine artist and muralist.
I was born admiring horses, drawn to them, in awe of their natural beauty, strength and spirit of freedom. Painting horses leaves me with a feeling of clarity, as if it’s exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Their spirit and essence is more powerful, healing, and liberating than I can express through words. So, I must paint them.
When I sit down (or stand…for long periods of time) to paint a horse, I feel a deep connection with my subject. Each horse has its own unique personality in the same way we each have a unique finger print or way in which we do things. I make it my goal to accentuate those unique characteristics with each stroke of my brush.
I’m based in Jacksonville, Florida, but I travel all over the country to paint murals and vend at horse shows.