Jodie Briggs

Meet the Artist, Equestrian and all around animal lover.

I began learning how to ride and jump horses about the same time I realized that not only did I have a passion for art but that I had some talent. I was 10 years old. Needless to say, I found my identity in riding. It carried me through a lot of hard times in my life, and it still does. I’ve owned two very difficult but very talented jumpers and one sweet and steady trail horse. Although they are all gone now, I loved them all and each one taught me something; that patience and determination pay off, knowing when to be tough and when to be gentle, and how an animal can fill a void that no human being can. My dogs and cats have always been a part of my life as well. When I decided to pursue art as a career, it seemed like showcasing people’s pets was a heartwarming subject matter.

In every portrait, I try to capture the spirit and character of the animal and for me that lies in their eyes, ears and (muzzle). If those aren’t right, then I haven’t done my job. I want you to look at your portrait and see your pet’s soul looking back at you. I hope you’ll give me the chance to try that for you!

(At this point, I am not choosing to paint horses as I still believe that the pencil portrait captures the equine’s facial bone structure so beautifully and yet so majestically.)