My work is influenced by my faith, myths and legends, and my experiences with horses. I love the idea of blending poetry, music and art. My intention is to create a transporting experience for the viewer; one that takes the viewer to another space or another way of thinking.
Salina Ramsay has ridden and painted horses for most of her life. Her first paintings were watercolors of horses when she was nine years old. Formal training began at age twelve when she learned contour and gesture drawing of the human figure. Salina practiced drawing and painting and worked in pastel, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and oil. At age fifteen, Salina sold her first drawing to an art teacher at Statesville High School. Her first one woman show was in Matthews, North Carolina and consisted of a collection of Mecklenburg Hounds hunt scenes. Salina continued to create paintings of hounds and horses from Mecklenburg Hounds, Yadkin Valley Hunt and Moore County Hounds of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Salina also painted Arabian horses, American Saddlebreds and other show horses that she had been involved with.
Salina worked as both professional horsewoman and painter since age fifteen. In the late nineteen eighties, Salina began hunting with Moore County Hounds while she worked as a groom and exercise rider. In 1989, Salina moved to Lexington to break yearlings and work sales for two more years until she decided to go on the horse show circuit with her artwork. Salina opened her own gallery in Victorian Square in 1997 and spent the next five years there until she moved to Limestone in 2002. In 2006, Salina closed her downtown studio/gallery and moved to Bourbon County, then Clark County, where she managed a private horse farm in Iroquois Hunt Country. Salina’s most recent show is now hanging at the Thoroughbred Breeders Museum in Paris, KY through December.