Description Fire Foals is an oil paint and trace monotype created from photographs I took at my friend's farm in Argentina. She raises Hanovers and Holsteins, and it was my pleasure to hang out with the foals all day as they were frolicking in the grass and corn field!
Barbara Zanelli, Philadelphia Member Since April 2013 Artist Statement Barbara Zanelli has known since childhood that she wanted be an artist. It has become her life long pursuit as she has devoted herself to developing her talent. For her it has been as much a spiritual journey as a career path, and it has carried her around the world. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, and has studied and painted with many talented artists since, including master painter Nelson Shanks, Chang Wan in Korea, Mario Pachioli in Florence, Italy, and most recently the teachers at Studio Incamminati.
Though she is an ardent student of classical humanist painting, pursuing it at a professional level; Barbara still practices other styles. Often she combines her love of art and nature in trace monotypes to evoke raw and passionate images. She has a particular love of the horse and it is the focus of many of her works. Perhaps this relationship is best stated in the artists’ own words:
"As an artist, I feel it is my responsibility to elevate beauty in our society; beauty as defined not only by what is apparent to the eye alone, but the essence of the seen. To celebrate universal human ideals like love, faith, hope and truth.
The imagery I have found as a vessel for expressing these ideals is the horse, a perfect metaphor for the dichotomies of the human condition, like power and passivity.
Horses have the most perfect connection to man. They are a part of our history and have participated in our conquests and the development of society into what we know it as today. Yet they are still beasts and retain the mysterious secrets of the animal kingdom. They are perhaps the most powerful reminder of our connection to the Earth and where we came from. When we are on horseback, imagine ourselves to be on horseback or simply watch a horse, we can experience the emotions we felt when we were once wild."