Toni P. Haigh
Artist’s Statement

My love of art,horses, and dogs (especially Jack Russell Terriers) comes naturally from my great uncle, the British sporting artist, Alfred G. Haigh. I was also fortunate to grow up on a ranch riding with cowboys. My passion for the beauty  of horses and the friendship of dogs inspires my art. Riding keeps me in touch with all the colors and rhythms of nature and my dogs make me laugh and give me unconditional love.

My paintings of horses are usually done in oil paint using traditional glazing techniques to get the intensity of color and luminosity of the horse’s coats along with the rich colors of the landscape they live in. My dog paintings are usually acrylic so I can quickly build up the layers of paint to achieve their hair texture. First I look at the light that gives the paining it’s form. Then I try to capture the elusive “likeness” of the individual. Most of all I try to capture the subject’s personality and that moment in time.

I  hope my paintings make you stop, look and smile!

Toni P. Haigh
T.P. Haigh Art Studio

Toni P. Haigh was raised on a large working ranch in Simi Valley, California where she worked cattle, bred, showed, and trained horses as well as teaching riding and art. She comes from a family of noted horsemen going back to Daniel Haigh, Master of the Old Surrey Hunt in England and her great uncle, Alfred Grenfell Haigh (1870-1963) was one of the premier sporting/equine artists of his time He painted important racehorses and many of the principal hunts and huntsmen in England, India, and America for clients such as the Aga Khan. His works inspired her from an early age and many can be seen at the British Racing Museum, The Jockey Club, and the National Stud in Newmarket, England. Alfred Haigh’s legacy lives on in his grand niece, sharing his passion for art, horses and dogs. He did many studies of his beloved terriers. Toni also raises, trains, and shows the Jack Russell Terriers and Australian Cattle Dogs that are seen in many of her paintings.

Ms. Haigh has studied with nationally known artists Mehl Lawson, Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, and Robert Abbett. She studied with Vince Robbins, Dan McCaw and Richard Bunkall at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Charles Stevenson at the Mendocino Art Center.

Her first commission was of a classmate’s horse for $15 in grade school and she won her first art award in third grade. Ms. Haigh has continued to receive awards and commissions including:
*$10,000 commissions from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to paint the 1991 and 1998 winners of the
   $1,000,000 Pacific Classic
*AAEA’s Spring Invitational “A Salute to the World Equestrian Games, 2010” invited artist
*Voted Most Popular Award at the 2009 American Academy of Equine Art Fall Juried Art Show at the
   Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
*The high selling painting at the 2007 American Academy of Equine Art Fall Juried art show in the
   International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky
*1st Place at the 2010 Western States Horse Expo Art Exhibit
*Poster for the Volvo World Cup Jumping Finals at Del Mar
*The 50 year commemorative poster for the Del Mar National Horse Show
*The sale topper at the 1991 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Equine Art Auction
*The high selling painting at the Shoemaker Foundation’s Sunset Ball at Hollywood Park
*A Community of Angels commission of “Mother Nature Angel” from the City of Los Angeles in 2002
  and published in their book.
*Commissioned portrait of the 13 senior partners of the Labor division of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in
   Los Angeles.
*Commission from the City of Lancaster for a 4’x8’ Poppy Festival painting
*Commission from the City of Santa Clarita for their Trash Can Project in 2007
*Bronze sculpture for the Shoemaker Foundation Achievement Award.
*Stakes Award Design for Hollywood Park Racetrack
*Designs and logo for the South Coast Jack Russell Terrier Club-SCJRTC
*Logo for the Greater Los Angeles Paint Horse Club
*Cover for the California Thoroughbred Year End Statistical Review
*Cover for “The Chronicle of the Horse” Nov. 21, 2003 and Oct. 23, 2009 issues
*Commission form the California Dressage SocietyCDS- to paint Leonido for Olympian Hilda Gurney
*Ben Johnson Charity Rodeo – Portrait of World Champion Casey Tibbs
*Acton-Agua Dolce Arts Council Juried Show-People’s Choice Award ‘06
*The Lancaster Museum Art Gallery Juried Show – Prize Winner ’04, ’05, ‘06
*The 2008 Meeker Classic International Art Contest – 2nd prize of $650
*Invited artist at the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) exhibits at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi
  Valley, CA and the William S. Hart Park for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.
*Associate Member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW)
*Participating artist in the Cattlemen’s Art Show in Paso Robles, CA
*Exhibiting at Glenroy’s Equestrian Gifts at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, at the Outpost Trading
  Company in Santa Ynez
, at Broken Horn in Baldwin Park, at the Hollywood Park Gift shop.

Ms. Haigh has had the honor and privilege to paint many exceptional and champion horses over the years including such notable Thoroughbred racehorses as John Henry, Cigar, Silver Charm, Free House, Alphabet Soup, Touch Gold, Cat Thief, Gentlemen, Best Pal, Real Quiet, War Emblem, Skip Away, Point Given, War Emblem, and most recently Zenyatta. She has also painted AQHA World Champions First Down Dash, Calyx, and Florentine as well as Paints, Arabians, Warmbloods, Sporthorses, Jumpers, Hunters, Reiners, Cutters, Ropers, polo ponies, and many other beloved horses.

Her  paintings of dogs are also sought after for her ability to capture the unique personality of each animal as well as the characteristics of the breed.

Haigh’s portraits of people are as outstanding as her paintings of animals, capturing the character and elusive likeness of her subjects. Most notable are her portraits of Hall of Fame Bill Shoemaker, Jack Van Berg, Laffitt Pincay Jr, Chris McCarron, and especially Charlie Whittingham. Charlie’s wife said, “It looked more like Charlie than Charlie did.”

Not only are Ms. Haigh’s paintings correct, they are also works of art. She starts with a detailed drawing, then builds layers of paint to achieve the luminosity of the horses coat or the texture of the hair. The backgrounds are done to enhance the figure or place it in time. Her study of sculpture and conformation gives her work a three dimensional quality and her use of light and color gives it a glow from the inside out. Owners and trainers appreciate her “eye,” the ability to really see the individual she paints. Her many years of experience with horses, dogs, and ranching gives her work it’s authenticity. You will recognize your bridle on your horse in a Haigh portrait.

One generation after another … the tradition continues.
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