Susan E. Harris Artwork


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Technical illustration for dressage/biomechanical book

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Equine Art and Illustration


I do equine book illustration and similar art projects, as well as writing and illustrating my own books on horses and creating computer graphics for my presentations. I do black and white line art and work in color in a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolors, pastels and computer illustration. My subjects range from equine anatomy, biomechanics, saddle fit and other technical topics to illustrations of horses and riders, with an emphasis on conformation, movement and how the rider's body works. I have done many horse portraits, but I seldom have the studio time to accept portraiture commissions. I hold a degree in Fine Arts and Illustration from Syracuse University.

I usually have time for one or two major illustration projects a year during the winter when I am not traveling. If you are interested in an illustration project, please contact me.


My published books, which I have written and illustrated, include:


  • Horsemanship in Pictures

  • Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement

  • The US Pony Club Manuals (Books 1, 2 and 3)

  • Grooming To Win (3rd edition)


Some of my previous eqine illustration book projects include:


  • Balancing Act  by Dr Gerd Heuschmann

  • Centered Riding II: Further Exploration by Sally Swift

  • The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle Fit Book  and The Western Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle Fit Book by Dr Joyce Harman

  • The Dynamic Horse by Dr. Hilary Clayton

  • The Icelandic Horse Manuals (Books 1, 2, 3 & 4) by Helga Thoroddsen (Icelandic National Horse School)

  • 101 Jumping Exercises by Linda Allen

  • Getting in Ttouch by Linda Tellington-Jones

  • Cross-Training and More Cross-Training by Jane Savoie

  • Horse Science by Jeanne Griffiths

  • Art work and poster for Breyer Anatomy in Motion model horse



Susan Harris Horses and Art Workshops


I teach workshops in Horses and Art for horse people who want to learn to draw horses and for artists who want to become more familiar with the horse as a subject for their work. Horses and Artworkshops may be as short as 2 hours or as long as 4 days. 


Shorter Horses and Art sessions (of 2 hours to 1 day) can be  held indoors, or outdoors in good weather. We discuss and practice drawing horses, including proportions, conformation, drawing the head, horses in action, or even cartoons. This type of program can be presented as an evening activity at a clinic, and can be adapted for children or adults.More intensive Horses and Art workshops are 2 days or longer. I sometimes collaborate with Nancy B. Harris, an artist and art teacher and my mentor as well as my mother.  I teach about horse proportions, conformation, movement and structure, while Nancy Harris helps participants with basic drawing and painting skills, color and light, composition and media tips and techniques.She can help new artists become comfortable with the media and gain confidence in expressing their vision in their own way. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the horse, its anatomy, structure, movement and how to see, understand and protray horses.


This workshop can accommodate 10 to 12 participants, including horse people who want to learn to draw and paint horses and artists who want to become more familiar with the horse as a subject for their work. The Visible Horse demo can be incorporated into the workshop (if a gentle white or grey horse is available), and participants may help paint the horse.



If you are interested in hosting a Horses and Art Workshop, please contact me.


Susan E. Harris

4495 West Road

Cortland, NY 13045


Phone/Fax: 607-753-7357