About the Artist

Adeline Halvorson knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. In her rural upbringing, animals, especially horses, played a very important role. Her entire working life has been dedicated to her art career. Through experimentation, endless reading and hours of practice, she continually hones her techniques in acrylic or oil.


She spends most of her time researching and creating the paintings she markets to a growing group of collectors. She enjoys the variety of diverse subjects - floral, still life, dogs, or a childhood scene, and most often, her favorite equine subject matter. Years of riding and grooming horses has given Halvorson a knowledge of anatomy and muscle movement that her painting skills bring to life on the canvas. The shapes and movement of muscle, variety and texture of harness and trappings, as well as the horse and its interaction with its human counterparts provide endless artistic inspiration for one who grew up with a love for one of the world's most beautiful animals.


"My growth as an artist is of prime importance to me. I am continually researching new and better ways to approach my painting, all the while keeping in mind that "brush mileage" is my greatest teacher. I paint the subjects that are true to my heart, and definitely believe the words of Sir Winston Churchill:"

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"

 

AWARDS

2014 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award, Calgary Stampede

2009 and 2012 Best of Show Flatwork Calgary Stampede

2009 Artist’s Choice – Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Art Auction

2009 People's Choice – Art of the West Show, Kamloops BC

2003 First Place (Acrylics Category) – Draft Horse Classic Art Show – Grass Valley, California

2003 Chosen favorite artist Best of the West Show – Pine Top, Arizona

2001 North American Horseman's Association Equine Artist of Distinction award

1997 First Place (Animal Art Category) over 11,000 international entrants – Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition

1995 Best of Show - Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Art Auction

 

MAJOR JURIED SHOWS

1994 – 1996, 2004 – 2015 Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

2013 Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2010-2011 The West is Best Show, Surrey, BC

2008 Peppertree Art Show, Santa Ynez, California

2003 Draft Horse Classic Art Show – Grass Valley, California

2003 Best of the West Show – Pine Top, Arizona

1998 C.M. Russell Art Show – Great Falls, Montana

1997, 1998 Northwest Invitational Miniature Show – Kirkland, Washington

1997, 1998 Western Art Association Annual Show – Ellensburg, Washington

1996 Horse in Motion Show, Kentucky Derby Museum – Louisville, Kentucky

1994 Prestige Gallery Original Art Showcase – Mississauga, Ontario

1991 American Academy of Equine Art Equifestival – Lexington, Kentucky

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2013 – chosen to design and paint “Pulling Together”, the painting used for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Poster. The original painting sold at auction for $125,000.00

2010, 2011,2012 and 2014 Ducks Unlimited National Print Program

2009 – "La Primera" Children's Art Book written by Ian Tyson, featuring 13 Halvorson paintings.

2000 Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year for Alberta

1998 Designed the Silver Dollar for the Royal Canadian Mint, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the North West Mounted Police.

1984 Chosen to design and paint the Official Canadian Olympic Equestrian Poster for Los Angeles ’84