My official job is running Blackberry Lane Pottery, where I produce limited edition equine collectibles in earthenware pottery. Most of the pieces are molded and produced here at the pottery. All are glazed and many are sculpted by me, but I also collaborate with other sculpting artists and other potters. The pottery is best known for producing small-scale figurines (approximately 3" tall for an adult horse), but we also make tiles and jewelry components.
My other consuming interest is horse color. The vast majority of pieces at the pottery are glazed in realistic colors and patterns, so originally that was the motivation behind my research. From there it took on a life of its own. I began writing for a variety of magazines on the subject in 1991, and offered my first seminar in 2001. Soon after that I was approached about doing a book, but I declined in favor of focusing on studio work. In 2011, I took what I thought would be a brief hiatus from sculpting and glazing to write the book. It turned into a two year break, and a four-volume set of books on the subject. The first volume, Equine Tapestry: Draft and Coaching Breeds, was published in 2012. It also spawned a companion blog on horse color (equinetapestry.com/). In 2014, the first half of the original book was expanded and republished in full color as Equine Tapestry: An Introduction to Colors and Patterns (www.createspace.com/4871772). And expanded version of the second half of the book, also in full color, is scheduled for release in early 2015.
So now I divide my time between the world of equine collectibles, where I have worked for almost 30 years, and the world of equine coat color research, where scientists have begun to see the value in how artists approach the subject.
DeviantArt is a wonderful resource for reference photos, and I often approach artists here for permission to use their photos in articles and presentations, so it seemed a good idea to actually flesh out my page here. I also plan to upload some of my own extensive library of stock photos for others to use. I'm afraid I don't often take the lovely dynamic photos so many photographers here manage to capture, but I capture a lot of coat color details that some might find useful. I even do a bit of digital work from time to time (much of it learned from members here who generously posted tutorials!), though it is more practical illustrations for books and articles, and some occasional art just for fun.