Photographer Emily Hancock lives in the New Forest, an area in southern England with one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pastureland, heathland, and forest, and where wild horses still roam free. Her somehow abstract art work expresses something different – which we love!

“I am thankful for this ever-evolving environment that feeds my creative mind on a daily basis. Nature’s influence impacts the way I work and the images I produce, bringing me a sense of freedom and curiosity that I use to create new work.”

Emily Hancock

Emily gets her inspiration by the connection she has with horses and nature.

“Just like people, there are many layers to a horse’s personality, and it takes time to uncover each one. Slowly but surely, with time and after building trust, the horse will allow you to see deeper into its soul.
I express these layers in my work, using multiple layers of photographs and mixed media techniques – such as encaustic wax – to create images that have depth and texture.”

Emily Hancock

The Impressionist period, where artists translated emotions into images and deliberately painted with a lack of detail, hugely influence her work. So does abstract expressionism, where the intention was creating pieces that provoke an emotional response from the viewer.

“I use these ideas and techniques in my own work, deliberately focusing on the broad details and emotions of the scene. My challenge is always to express the perfect balance between the beauty and power of the horses and the nature I portray. Traditionally, beauty and power do not sit together easily in our society. However, I feel they can and should. I explore this duality in each layer of my work.

Emily Hancock

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Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug


Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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