Who remembers drawing horses incessantly as a child?
Obsessing over the way their mane fell on the paper or trying desperately to get their eyes just right. Lian Meaney was one of those children, “my parents would be quite exasperated about that, often telling me I wouldn’t get very far if all I drew was horses!” That horse-crazy little girl grew up, and like many of us, tried to push her horse passions aside to focus on the “real work”.
Lian branched out, working on and off for years as a commercial artist mainly in hospitality, designing menus, blackboards and interior design. She also worked in community art projects like murals, street art and working at festivals.
Lian went back to school in her 40s to do a Fine Arts Diploma, and the horse-crazy little girl was finally unleashed – she has been working as a full time artist since then. Her first few commissions were from friends, drawing their horses, and the rest, they say, is history.
Surrounded by her horses, she is never at a loss for inspiration. In her deep-feeling and empathetic way, she explains how although she grew up riding in Pony Club, competing in Eventing and more recently Endurance, these days she occasionally plods around on her Andalusian Cross, “Boo”, and “spends most of her time feeding” her aged and rescue horses or horses she bred a few years ago and is now “committed to their welfare for life.”
Her style is ranges from so real you could almost reach out and stroke her big, bold horses, to whimsical and almost dream-like, with her work capturing the essence of the horse with a bit of magic and emotion sprinkled in. She works in various mediums such as charcoal, inks and acrylics. She says how she would love to branch into sculpture eventually, and possibly combine her love of public involvement by working in community based sculpture “so that people can put their hands on and really enjoy their art, not only visually.”
At Cowgirls Gathering Lian will be taking her participants through a Watercolour Workshop, and she says she believes “everyone should have access to their creativity, and if I can be a conduit for that process I’m all in! I can’t think of a better place to paint horses than with a bunch of horse lovin’
cowgirls like me!”
Lian can be found in her Studio in Mackay, Queensland, spinning tunes such as Irish Folk, The Tea Party, Classical Music or a good murder mystery podcast to aid her creativity. Connect with her on Facebook at Equine Artist Lian Meany, Instagram @lianmeany or Pinterest.