Hiking during our travels has been a great inspiration for the cow paintings. Five years ago we enjoyed a trip to the Dolomites in Northern Italy. While there I took many close ups of the cows I encountered during our hike across the largest meadow in Europe. I also enjoy traveling up to Hollister and Santa Ynez, CA to photograph the cows on many of the ranches. I usually take photos from the roadside. It's entertaining to see what the cows will do in my presence with a camera. Sometimes they are curious and stay close by "posing" for me. Other times they run as soon as I get to the gate. One time I encountered a bull who snorted and began to charge at me. By making portraits of these large animals, I feel that I have given them more of a personality. My cow images become almost human with their tag "earrings" and fluffy "hair pieces".
Gallery Los Olivos
2920 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA
Hours: Thursday - Monday 10am-5pm
"Because We Paint"
Ginny and Garrett Speirs
Gallery Los Olivos Featured Artist Show
March 1st - 31st, 2023
Reception: Sunday, March 5th; 1-4pm
7 East De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, CA
Meet the Artist
After extended travels in Italy and France, the love of the region's local produce and flora has become a central theme in my work. I strive to portray a "portrait" of each of my subjects. Painting the beauty of the somewhat mundane object is an inspiring challenge for me. Everything that I paint once had a life and continues to in my oil paintings.