Marcy Grennan Anzelon came later than some equine artists to her love of horses, but she paints as if she’s lived and breathed them all her life.
Anzelon studied art at St. Mary’s College, but is primarily self-taught. She credits her artist father for being her teacher, mentor and inspiration. From him she learned not just technique and method, but ways of looking at the world, finding the beauty and magic in it and then sharing it with others through her art.
In her early work she painted the unique scenes of Michigan’s Mackinac Island, where motorized vehicles are not permitted. Her subjects then were spring gardens and white picket fences, clapboard houses proudly flying American flags and gazebos looking out over the blue of the lake, but she wasn’t content to simply paint flowers and buildings. It was the unique atmosphere of Mackinac she wanted to capture, the soul of a place purposely sheltered from time, where horses and carriages replace banned cars and history is not just preserved but lived.
She brings this same desire to capture the heart and soul of her subject to her work in the world of the horse. It started with a painting of a horse on a beach. Her efforts to bring this first horse to life on paper led to a need to learn everything about horses, to understand the ripple of muscle, the strength in a leg, the attitude conveyed in the tilt of a head and the depth of emotion in the glint of an eye. She began studying the horse, taking riding lessons, spending hours in the stables, and just enjoying being with the horses and the people who love them.
All this has led to her uniquely beautiful equine watercolor paintings. The first, #1 Clydesdale, was finished just two years ago, after getting to know him, his personality, his quirks, his strengths, and discovering the best ways to portray all that in her painting. In this case she decided on a full body portrait. But as she spent more time in the company of other horses, working on some commissioned paintings and continuing her lessons, she chose to take her work “small,” as she puts it, focusing in on the eye of the horse. “For me, painting is about the connection,” she says. “Finding it. Sharing it. With horses, I find that connection in the eye. I paint the horse’s eye, and hope I capture the horse’s spirit.”
Marcy met the beloved, legendary horseman Ray Hunt at one of his last clinics. After viewing her work he commented that you don’t need to see any more of the horse, this eye tells us everything we need to know. Those experiencing Marcy’s work are likely to agree.
She is very grateful for the support of family and friends, her two trainers at Altadena stables and her horse, a beautiful 19-year-old Saddlebred gelding. “I’m learning so much more about life than just how to ride, although learning to ride is very challenging. Everything about it makes me a better person and ultimately a better artist.”
A debut of her equine paintings will be held at Penelope’s in the Los Angeles area’s La Canada, January through February of next year.
For more information, visit www.marcygrennananzelon.com, or contact the artist by e-mail at Marcy@marcygrennananzelon.com or phone at 818-957-0960.
Marcy with her horse, Magic Champagne