Christine M. Cancelli has had a long and varied career involving art and horses. She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and grew up in South Norwalk, (SONO) Connecticut with her five sisters. Drawing at a very early age, she can remember copying the drawings of Sam Savitt and Paul Brown from the books she borrowed from the libraray. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City where she began working as a graphic artist. She worked in advertising for a few years, then took a year off to go to Europe, touring the great museums of Italy, France, England, and Spain. It was an exceptional art history education. When she returned to New York City she decided she needed some formal art training and while continuing to work as a graphic artist during the day, she studied painting and drawing in the evenings, first at the attelier of Michael Aviano, and then as John Howard Sanden's monitor at the Art Student's League. Shortly after a second visit to England in 1974, she fulfilled a childhood dream and learned to ride. It was around this time she started going to horse races in nearby Aqueduct and Belmont Park. It wasn't long before her paintings started to reflect her childhood interest in horses. Finally, after seeing a retrospective of Sir Alfred Munnings' work at the Wildenstein Gallery in 1983, she gave up her day job and decided to paint horses full time.
Ms. Cancelli has painted many portraits from champion race horses to backyard ponies. Among the more famous horses she's painted are Belmont winner, Creme Fraiche, Steeplechase Champion, Flatterer, Champion Pacing Filly, Worldly Beauty and Bruce Davidson's Reserve Champion Event Horse, Regent. She has traveled extensively to paint major racing events here and in Europe, including the Grand National at Aintree. Her corporate clients include Polo/Ralph Lauren, the USET, The National Steeplechase Association and Fair Hill International. Her work has been featured in American Artist, Town & Country, Spur Magazine, Equine Images and The Hunt. Her paintings have appeared on the cover of The Chronicle of the Horse, US Air and The Equine Marketer, and she has done illustrations for The New York Times and Reader's Digest. She illustrated Derrydale Press's book on foxhunting titled, "Foxhunting; How to Watch and Listen," a book that explains the etiquette of riding to hounds.
Ms. Cancelli lives on a small farm in New Jersey, where she maintains a studio. She lives close to Monmouth Park and the Monmouth County Hunt, giving her easy access to her two favorite sports, racing and foxhunting. Her paintings have evolved to reflect these preferences - horses and hounds.
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