Salina Ramsay is a well-known and popular American artist specializing in portraiture and equine art. Her works have been collected by such notables as actor William Shatner and Helen B. “Penny” Chenery, former owner of Secretariat.
Ms. Ramsay’s art has been featured in publications such as Bloodhorse magazine, Keeneland magazine and American Saddlebred magazine. She has had pieces auctioned by Sotheby’s; and her art can be found at leading galleries such as Frost and Reed of London, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Keeneland Race Course Gift Shop, and the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop. Salina is among a select group of artists to have works officially licensed by Keeneland.
Persons interested in commissioning works by Salina Ramsay will find her easy to work with. Known for her ability to capture likeness and motion, Ms. Ramsay enjoys creating human and animal portraiture employing a liberal use of paint and vivid, crisp color. When beginning a portrait, Ms. Ramsay starts by creating a series of photographic studies from which a final working sketch will be made. Usually a subject is rendered several times before work on the final painting is begun. Once the direction of the painting is clear, Ms. Ramsay prefers to correspond with the client by email. Upon completion of the sketch, she will send a JPEG file to the customer for approval. After final approval, a fifty-percent deposit is required to proceed with the work on the final painting.
Clients often wish to know how long the process takes. It varies from two weeks for simpler paintings such as head studies, to several months or longer for more involved compositions. In most cases, Salina takes a less formal approach to painting, the goal being to capture the essence of the subject. Owners of her works often comment about how “alive” the paintings feel. The intimacy in her art evokes strong emotion. Quoting Emerson, Ms. Ramsay says “nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” Her goal is to create great art for her clients. Art lovers can visit her website, www.equinefineart.com, to see firsthand how well Salina Ramsay has succeeded as an artist.