1995. Acrylic on canvas board. 14" x 17"
Back in the mid 90s I got on this mythology kick (mermaids, fauns, faeries, marshwiggles, etc.). Centaurs were a particular favorite. I did a number of sketches featuring centaurs; some were inspired by specific myths, others by books likeThe Silver Chair. Then there were those like this one that had no specific story, it just started with a doodle. However the first version was pretty awful anatomicaly, so I found a to model for the human portion (torso and head) and used my sister-in-law's horse for the equine portion.
This is also one of my most stolen images. It keeps popping up on Web sites and blogs that don't belong to me without my permission. Can you say "cease and desist?" The owners of those sites can now.