The painting isn’t in sharp distinct lines; Doug used pastel colors, and it’s behind a thick glass. I’ll let it stand ‘as is’, because I don’t want to break the seal on the framing, nor disturb the note Doug wrote to me on the back of the heavy brown paper that covers the back of the picture.
It appears Doug used a vellum heavy-weight paper; he seems to barely touch the paper with the brush – it’s as if he just ‘whisked’ it quickly; didn’t stop to try and add more, and knew when to quit (just my opinion). To me, it’s all in the motion; the way he’s captured how my horse would ‘dance’ as it does in the painting, and I remember being on her back and feeling just how I think the man on the horse feels in this painting. I do know Doug was pleased when I picked it; I shared the story of my times with my horse and I think that’s why we had such a great ‘first meeting’ – our common love of the horse and what it’s like to have one at your side; one that follows your every move, and understands you better than any human could. – Diane Rambow Stevens
This is my favorite artwork by Doug. The motion and energy of the horse defines the painting. Doug’s love and understanding of horses translates into his artwork. – Paul Green