This painting was done at the special request of my daughter. She had her first riding lessons last summer and it was a joyful experience for her. Some time after, she took note of the horse paintings I had recently done (Interrupted Lunch and Night Shift), and she asked me if I would paint a horse painting for her. Of course!
She wanted me to paint Princess, a beautiful big horse from the riding lessons. I searched through my photos and found one that seemed a good candidate to be an interesting painting. I really liked the light expressed in the photo I chose, but I did take artistic license to edit out the very kind young woman who led the horse for my daughter.