Double Passions: Artist and Veterinarian

Hilde Morris’ art is the result of an extraordinary blend of natural talent and life experiences that fostered a love for the natural things around her.

She was born in the US, to a Texan father and Norwegian mother. With two countries of origin followed two native tongues. In constantly changing surroundings (9 schools in 3 countries and 3 states in 12 years), Hilde sought quiet companionship with animals, mainly horses and dogs. She also discovered her talent for rendering visual impressions, in quick pencil sketches.

Not surprisingly, her two main passions became horses and drawing. Horses doodled on everything from school papers to books and even bedroom walls. Any spare time went to caring for her own ponies and horses. Winters in the US with her own horses and western riding; summers at horse camps in Norway riding “English style”.

Moving to Norway after high school, she was accepted to the Veterinary College in Oslo, conditional on mandatory farm experience. She got her dream job: stable hand at an Arabian stud farm! The beautiful farm Skansgården, set on the shore of Vinger Lake near Kongsvinger provided a fantastic life experience, both in regard to horsemanship, but also in appreciation of the graceful beauty of Arabian horses in the equally beautiful countryside.

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Curiosity about the vast and varied landscapes of her native Norway awakened. After completing 5 ½ years intense studying, Hilde moved north, together with good colleagues and her veterinarian husband. Picturesque Meløy in Helgeland became the place to learn about cows, sheep and pigs, but not horses. The number of horses in the district could be counted on one hand. But wherever there were horses, you could find Hilde. Together with friends she rode in the blue light of northern winter. The landscape of northern Norway became a constant fascination for Hilde, and has ever since been reflected in her artwork.

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Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug

Editor

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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