Roslyn Nolen at Belmont Park this Saturday

by Adam McGrath | May 29, 2014

Roslyn Nolen at Belmont Park this SaturdayRoslyn Nolen, the aunty of jockey Luke Nolen who rode Black Caviar to so many of her famous victories will be at Belmont Park this Saturday.

Roslyn will be painting on course and also selling a few of the pieces she’s created.

DESPITE a childhood surrounded by horses in rural Victoria, Roslyn Nolen’s first passion was for drawing and painting, not the usual little girls’ dream of owning her own horse.

“I shared a horse with my sister but fear stopped me from giving myself fully to the experience and becoming a good rider”, she said.

But her passion for art, with paint and mixed media in particular, has culminated in a career in fine art and education.

Now an accomplished portrait artist, Nolen has reconnected with her past and her current work captures that raw and authentic relationship between horses and their riders.

Sparked by the chance to paint one of Australia’s most celebrated racehorses and her jockey in 2011, Nolen has reignited her interest in the horse fraternity.

When her nephew, jockey Luke Nolen, was given the opportunity of a lifetime to ride Black Caviar, Nolen felt comfortable to be up close and personal in her approach to painting the pair.

Her work shows the power and soul that Nolen sees in these animals. She starts by sketching the horse and then paints the eyes.

“Doing this enables me to build a connection with the horse and from there the communication can unfold”, Nolen said.

Nolen says that as an artist she has a huge respect for these extraordinary animals and is thoroughly enjoying the journey they are taking her on.

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Ms Roslyn Nolen

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