Saturday, 18 November 2017

Equestrian Art Competition and New Studio

scottish equestrian artists' studio, garden studio
New Studio In Progress

Hello! It's been a while. But I'm back with a vengeance now! So much has happened in the last year or so - New baby,  new studio (in progress - see above), new home... its all about new beginnings here!
Anyway, I have just returned from maternity leave and am starting off with a Facebook competition to get me back in the swing of things. I am offering an A3 Limited Edition Equestrian Art print of one of the following images. If you would like to be in with a chance please pop over to my art page on facebook - MathersArt
I'll keep this short today but along with the competition I am also going to be announcing a special offer on my art prints and also original equestrian drawings and paintings.
Oh, and I am going to have a stall at a local Christmas Craft Market (almost next door to where I used to keep my pony so I couldn't refuse)...

Scottish Equestrian Art, Bay Stallion, contemporary art
Bay Stallion

Equestrian Art, Horse running, contemporary horse art
Blue Jazz

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Website Overhaul & A Holiday From Commissions!

'Follow Me' and 'Sienna Oil', equestrian art, horse painting, dressage horse painting, 3day eventing, contemporary equestrian art

As you may have noticed, this website/blog is a wee bit out of date... well, okay a few years out of date! Yikes.
It is my intention to spend November having a complete overhaul of everything - This blog, my website and my facebook page

After a lot (and I seriously mean A LOT!) of thinking I have decided to only take on a very, very small number of commissions in 2016. This was a really hard decision as commissions have been the bread and butter of my painting over the last 5 years and I appreciate every single one that I have been asked to do. However, every artist needs to spend time developing their work and improving on their skills and because I recently became a mother (to a gorgeous wee boy!) my time in the studio has suddenly become somewhat reduced!
 Before I gave birth, I actually believed that my boy would sit in the studio playing while I painted away! Ha! I now realise how naive I was.
Anyway, because of this I have decided to put a year aside so that I can concentrate on developing my work, exploring new mediums, improving my skills in other mediums, producing more work for galleries and just taking my art to the next level.  
I am working furiously to complete all current commissions as soon as possible (I'm aiming for the end of the year).
If we have talked about a commission, don't worry, I will still honour this  - just drop me a line.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Blair 2015

So sorry for the delay in between these posts. I do always intend to make regular posts but by the time i've remembered my passwords something else is demanding my attention... like a small child.
Anyway, I promise I will try harder.

So Blair 2015 is coming around very quickly... just over 50 days to go. This is pretty much when the panic kicks in too. 

Equestrian art stall, Blair 2015, Blair horse trials, horse in art, contemporary equestrian art
My Stall at Blair 2014

It may not be obvious but the preparation behind having a stall at this year's event started in 2014! 
There's filling out application forms, ordering of prints, cards, canvas prints and business cards, making new work, framing work, deciding on hanging method (this seems to change for every stall i've ever had), travel arrangements, accommodation arrangements, staff to organise, baby sitters to bribe, demonstration ideas to work on, materials to order, stall layout plan to do.... and so on.
So, I thought it would be a really good idea if i started a new project in the lead up to Blair! 

Yes, I  am a little insane.
I'm just fine tuning the project's details but will have worked it all out tonight so will post it up tomorrow. 
Oh dear! :)  

Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

This Year's Adventures Start...... here!

open studios fife artists equestrian art

It's that time of year again (already!)

There are only 10 weeks to go until artists all over north Fife open up their studios to the public.
It's a great chance to see behind the scenes and see artists at work. You can ask questions, watch demos, get inspiration and even buy some art work if you'd like.

This year I am concentrating on drawings, commission work, large scale equestrian paintings, small landscape paintings and even some printmaking too.
My studio will be open between 10am - 6pm on Saturday the 2nd, Sunday the 3rd and Monday the 4th.
If you'd like to see the other artists involved please visit:

Open Studios is the first event (so far) for this year, and there are lots of other exciting events coming up after.... i just need to confirm a few things before i can tell you all the details, but watch this space.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Blair Castle International Horse Trials

Blair Castle International Horse Trials

Blair Castle International Horse Trials Mathers Art Stall
Stall at Blair

Well! What can I say about Blair?
It was the first time that I have had a stall there, and I'm so pleased that I did.
The feedback was interesting, the support was incredible and we all had a fantastic time.
Bring on next year!
I'm already planning next year's stand.
Thank you to everyone who dropped by!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas

Acrylic Painting of Highland Cow Calf, bovine art
Limited Edition Print

If you already follow my adventures on Facebook you will know that I recently launched my 12 days of Christmas Event.
Every day I post up a new offer which is valid for 24 hours (until the next offer is posted).
Take a look on the above link to keep an eye on some fantastic offers.

Thank you!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Fair

WASPS artists christmas fair, contemporary artists, dundee

This Saturday!
Dundee's WASPS Artists are holding their Christmas Fair on level 4 of the Meadow Mill Studios (don't worry, there is a lift! Also minced pies and mulled cider to get you in the spirit)
There will be a number of artists exhibiting on level 4, including jewellery, textiles, prints and paintings too.
Why not get all your unique Christmas shopping done in one place over one day?

See you there x

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Don't forget - There is still time to order Gift Vouchers this Christmas

abstract painting of bay horse, painting of stallion, lively horse art
Although it is a little late in the year to organise a commission for a loved ones Christmas, do remember that there is still time to arrange a Gift Voucher which they can then use towards a commission, prints or art works.
There are no expiry dates on the vouchers and any amount can be purchased.

Email me on:
or call me on: 07941 276796/ 01334 657454
Two Christmas Fairs coming up...

First appearance is at Kellie Castle this Sunday between 11am and 4pm. See info below or follow this link for details: Kellie Castle Christmas Fair
The fair is on for the whole weekend but I will only be there on the Sunday.

Victorian Christmas Fair

Kellie Castle & Garden
Sat 23 Nov - Sun 24 Nov A wonderful opportunity to see and take part in how the Victorians prepared for Christmas and listen to seasonal music in the historic surroundings of Kellie Castle.
Children can make their own Christmas card and decorations, and visit Santa in his grotto! Make a wish and stir the Christmas pudding, guess how many sweeties in the jar, take part in the raffle and perhaps win an exciting prize and lots more...
Browse our Castle shop and various stalls for gift ideas.
Soup and Christmas food will be served in our Kitchen Cafe.


And then... On the 30th of November the artists at WASPS studios are transforming level 4 into a winter wonderland complete with mulled cider, minced pies and beautiful gift ideas.
Help support your local artists whilst giving the best presents ever!!

wasps artists studios dundee art fair christmas

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Prints for Presents and a Pre-Christmas Sale

Highland Cow Calf painting, cow prints,

Just a wee reminder that you can order many prints from my website (see here Prints). They are a lovely original idea for Christmas presents.
Also, I am having a wee Pre- Christmas sale of ex-gallery paintings over on my Facebook page (see here: Perhaps a very special gift for a loved one? Or a treat for yourself!
The sale will soon come over here too, but you can get a first peek at them over there.

And, I will be listing all framed works that are available for sale too. These will also appear first on Facebook (just because it is so much simpler to upload images there!), however, I will be adding them here too asap.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

One of those days... or months!

It has just taken me about an hour to work out how to post this! Serves me right for not updating this more often.

I see that I still need to post the rest of the 100 days paintings up here - sorry about that. Will get ont that asap.

In the mean time I have been updating my commissions page with some new images and styles. Have a wee look here: Commissions

I have also just taken on a new studio in Dundee through WASPS Artists Studios. I have great plans of producing new large scale works and lots of oil paintings. I Will keep you up to date on the progress.
open studios weekend, dundee, WASPS

However, if you would like to pay me (and the other 99 studios) a visit, we are having an open studios weekend over 19th - 20th of October. Please see this link ( for more info or get in touch with me via

Here is a wee bit of info from the website to whet your appetite

"Doors open 12-5pm Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.

As well as the usual amazing array of artists and makers welcoming you into their place of work, this year we have a programme of free events, a cafe and a shop. There will also be a group show of tenants work in the cafe area and Project 2 on the 4th floor"

My studio is on the 2nd floor :)

Friday, 2 August 2013

the rest.....

will be uploaded tomorrow.....

Day Eighty-Four 'Magic Murray'

Highland cow painting, highland calf painting, contemporary bovine art

'Magic Murray'
Oil on Canvas
8 x 11"

Day Eighty-Three 'Harry'

Highland cow painting, highland calf painting, contemporary bovine art

Acrylic and Oil
8 x 8"

Day Eighty-Two 'Hermione'

Highland cow painting, highland calf painting, contemporary bovine art

Acrylic and Oil
8 x 8"

Day Eighty-One 'Ron'

Highland cow painting, highland calf painting, contemporary bovine art

Acrylic and Oil
8 x 8"

Day Eighty 'Highland Storm'

horse in art exhibition, equine fine art, horse artist uk, equestrian art, highland pony painting

'Highland Storm'
Oil on Canvas
20 x 8"

Couldn't resist this guy. In the rain and wind I don't think he could see a thing through his gorgeous mane!

Day Seventy-Nine 'Ole Blue Eyes'

Please excuse the dreadful photo - i will update asap!

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'Ole Blue Eyes'
Graphite and Acrylic on paper

Day Seventy-Eight 'Big Red'

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Working title 'Big Red'
Oil on Canvas board
20 x 16"

I have forgotten how much I love oils and also how long they take to dry!! So this is an in progress image - the final will follow shortly.

Day Seventy-Seven 'Midnight Melody'

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'Midnight Melody'
Oil on Panel
8 x 10"
Reserved for Exhibition

I really love this painting - am i allowed to say that!? I'm actually considering framing her up and keeping her for myself :)

Day Seventy-Six

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'Blue Whirlwind'
Oil on Board

I'm returning to oil after taking a few years away from it...

Day Seventy-Five 'Highland Ochre'

horse in art exhibition, equine fine art, horse artist uk, equestrian art, Highland cow painting

'Highland Ochre'
13 x 10"
Acrylic on Board

Day Seventy-Four

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'Molly's Moo'
Mixed Media on Paper

Day Seventy-Three 'High Stepper'

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'High Stepper'
Mixed Media on Paper

Day Seventy-Two 'After the Show'

Equestrian artist uk, acrylic painting of bay horse, equine art, horse in art

'After The Show'
Acrylic on Board
8 x 10"

Day Seventy-One 'Moonlighting'

I'm sorry about the delay in updating this site. Hopefully you have managed to keep up to date with the 100 days via my Facebook page  (it's much simpler to update than this site!)

Anyway, the project has now finished and the final images are being put up on Facebook this weekend and here too.

So, here is no 71

Equestrian Art uk, Acrylic painting grey horse, horse painting

Acrylic on Board
10 x 8"

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Limited Edition Prints are now available.

100 Paintings in 100 Days, equestrian art, contemporary equine art

I'm currently adding each of the images to the prints page, so do bear with me if you are looking for a specific one. Alternatively, you can email me with your order

The '100 Days' prints are all limited to an edition of only 250 each.
Here's the link:

Day Seventy 'Beauty Is... No.7'

100 paintings in 100 days, contemporary equestrian artist, contemporary canine art, abstract art uk

'Beauty is... No.7'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

A wee change... My Stall at Hopetoun last year was situated next to the dog agility arena. This was one of my companions for much of the weekend!

Day Sixty-Nine 'Beauty Is...No.6'

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'Beauty is... No.6'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

I hope you are not getting fed up of this mini-series! There is something really haunting about these paintings... 

Day Sixty-Eight 'Beauty Is... No.5'

100 Paintings in 100 Days, contemporary equestrian artist, uk

'Beauty is... No.5'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

Day Sixty-Seven 'Beauty Is...No.4'

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'Beauty is... No.4'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

Day Sixty-Six 'Beauty Is... No.3'

Contemporary equine artist, equine fine art, equestrian art uk

'Beauty is... No.3'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

A little bit more....

Day Sixty-Five 'Beauty Is... No.2'

contemporary abstract equestrian art, equine artist UK 100 paintings in 100 days

'Beauty is... No.2'
Mixed Media
12 x 9"
More experimenting...

Day Sixty-Four 'Ice Study'

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'Ice Study'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

Simple but effective (I hope! ;) )

Day Sixty-Three 'Beauty Is...No.1'

contemporary abstract equestrian art, equestrian artist uk

'Beauty Is... No.1'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

'Beauty Is...' is a mini series of paintings that I have decided to do as I want to concentrate on specific features. This mini series is all about the eyes.  
I also want to develop this rough, energetic painting style...I have some ideas of where I want to take it... but I can't say anything yet. But I will say that I am very excited about where I'm going with this.

Day Sixty-Two 'Bovine Study!'

contemporary bovine art, highland cow calf painting, cow drawing

'Bovine Study!'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

I like the craziness in this painting. Very energetic. And I love highland cows!

Day Sixty-One 'Galaxie Blue'

Contemporary equestrian art, Horse painting, horse art, equine fine art, 100 paintings in 100 days

'Galaxie Blue'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"
Another horse from Hopetoun's Horse Trials last year.
It was amazing how close I got to take photographs.

Day Sixty - 'Nico Blue'

Contemporary equestrian art, Horse painting, horse art, equine fine art, 100 paintings in 100 days

'Nico Blue'
Mixed Media Painting on Paper
12.5 x 9"

This was the mare that I had on loan for years. She has such a beautiful face.
The title is taken from an album that I was listening to at the time of painting.
Music is essential to me and my creative process.

Day Fifty-Nine 'Grey Skye'

Contemporary equestrian art, Horse painting, horse art, equine fine art

'Grey Skye'
Mixed Media on Paper
28 x 20"

I started this painting during the Open Studios event. But it is really hard to concentrate fully on my painting when people are coming in and out of the studio, asking me questions. So, I put it aside for a couple of days, then returned with fresh eyes. Now I love it. The texture and layers are just what I was trying to do. Definitely one of my favourites.

Day Fifty-Eight 'Lunar Eclipse'

Contemporary equestrian art, Horse painting, grey horse, horse art, equine fine art

'Lunar Eclipse'
Mixed Media On Paper
27 x 20"

Some horses just cry out to be painted, this is definitely one of those. Perhaps if I ever discover his name I'll ask his owner if I can spend a month painting him. Maybe two months. Ach, maybe forever!

Day Fifty-Seven 'Muse'

 The horse is my muse. Mixed media painting. equine art uk

Mixed Media on Paper
27 x 20"

The horse is my muse.

Day Fifty-Six 'Veil'

abstract equine art, contemporary equestrian art. Equestrian fine art

Mixed Media on Paper
15 x 10"

One of the most photogenic horses I have ever worked with. She  really is a beauty.

Day Fifty-Five Big Blue (Working title!)

Painting in progress. Equine art. dark horse painting, equestrian art

'Big Blue (Working Title)
Work in progress...
36 x 24"

During the Open Studios event I decided to work on a large scale painting and to post the progress as I went along. I did this on my facebook page ( ).
The painting wasn't finished in one day, and is still ongoing but here it is so far...

Day Fifty Four - Freedom Study

abstract contemporary equestrian art, equine art, horse drawing

'Freedom Study'
Mixed Media on Paper
12 x 9"

I can't resist this horse!

Day Fifty Three - 'Chestnut Arab Study'

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'Chestnut Arab Study'
Mixed Media on Board

Today's drawing is of a gorgeous Arab horse that I was commissioned to draw last year. I took so many reference images as he was just fantastic. This was a precious moment of stillness amongst playful bucks and galloping across the field!

Day 52 'Spring Fling'

Equestrian art, equestrian artist uk, contemporary equine art

'Spring Fling'
Mixed media on board 
I'll update ASAP with the framed image
Reserved for Exhibition

This is inspired by previous horse.
Every spring she would come into season and fancy the most inappropriate horse ( usually inappropriate due to them being at least 4hands higher and gelded!!). Ah, the joys if Spring! 

I love this moment when horses meet each other... just before the squealing starts!!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Updating this blog and new prints!

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I know that I have been dreadful at updating this page recently, but I will get back on track this weekend!! In the meantime you can follow my progress here:

Also, my new prints have arrived and I will get them up here this weekend too. I promise!!

Thanks for your patience!


Saturday, 4 May 2013

During this weekend...

My posts may be a little erratic but if you use facebook you can follow me there -  (it's much easier to update than this site). However, i will bring this site up to date asap! Thank you for your patience.

Day 51

'Woodland Kalinka'
Charcoal and wash on paper
54 x 73cm

I seem to be drawing my old horse quite a lot recently. With all the craziness that is the Open studios preparation it's nice to get back to basics with charcoal. And Kally has such a beautiful face that she's always lovely to draw.