Diana Hand is an artist based in the countryside outside Stirling, Scotland.
Her creative inspiration is the horse, and this exhibition of paintings is based on the equine groups that she encounters most days. Diana focuses on the intimate and private communication between horses that exists quite separately from the human world.
Most animals exist completely independently from humans, and we are fascinated by their otherness. But many are threatened because we have destroyed their wild habitat in our own quest for comfort. Domestic animals are used for company and recreation. Ownership of dogs and cats in the UK has never been so high, and there are more horses in this country than there have ever been. Yet domestic animals are also independent of us. There is a wild animal in all of them, most notably the cat. Notice how dogs crave for company of their own kind. It is the same for horses. Horses depend on us for their survival nowadays, but they remain a different species with their own forms of communication and their own social groupings.
We are privileged that any animal allows us to share its life. This exhibition is the result of my observations of horses in their private environment. I am the human looking into their family and social world. I am observing the dignity and pride of their private world without attempting to relate to them in my terms, or to project my needs and fantasies onto them.