and equine art
has always been a part of artist Leisa Temple’s life. Temple is a leading Canadian professional artist
showcasing her versatile artistic talents, from which emerges beauty and joy in her subjects and in her life, which directly affects her ongoing approach to her art. She began drawing horses at a very young age. “I started drawing pictures of horses the first time I picked up a pencil,” she said. “Little girls and horses are a natural combination. I was continually drawing and sketching from the time I was age 5
.” At age 10, she began riding horses. “I learned to ride bareback on the beach at Georgian Bay in the summers.” Born in Toronto, Ontario, Temple graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Sheridan College.
In the 1980’s
, she took her multitude of abilities and talents to South Florida, most notably, Gulfstream Park
and the former Hialeah Park, to study and paint horses, bringing to life the majesty and spirit of the equine form. “I’m not interested in simply painting horses,” Leisa said. “If I don’t capture the essence of their character, I don’t feel that I have accomplished very much. Horses are different as people: they all are very distinct individuals. I’m seeking the distinctions.” She quickly developed a following that garnered major commissions from some of the top names in the thoroughbred industry. Upon returning home to Toronto, she continued her successful equine portrayals, with Woodbine Racetrack
as the backdrop for her inspiration.
With her same vision and determination, Temple began painting dogs, particularly Rhodesian Ridgebacks, which she has owned for many years. “I think the horse person in me was initially attracted to this beautiful breed,” she reflects.
Her images of these athletic canines have made her a highly sought after artist amongst that breed category. She has painted several logos for the breed’s most highly respected show, The National Specialty.
In her field of endeavor, Leisa works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and bronze.
“Each medium appeals to me because each has its own individual quality that I like to use in keeping with the individuality of each project” she explains. “My goal is to combine the technical knowledge I’ve gathered over the years with a more artistic, colorful side.”
Temple’s work has been seen in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. Her paintings can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections throughout North America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Leisa works full-time from her studio along the Niagara River when she’s not hanging out at the track or walking her Ridgebacks.
Her website address is: www.leisatemple.com
NOTE: The author of this post is a proud owner of a 53” H x 63” W painting done by the artist capturing Secretariat’s 31-length Belmont victory.