The Lennon family from Glasker were well represented at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse show, this year both inside and outside the ring.
Whilst Brother-in-Law, world cup winning rider Dermott Lennon, was competing in the International classes in the Main Arena, Sarah Lennon was exhibiting her unique art work in the crafts hall.
It can be hard to make a stand-out impression amongst the various arts stalls, but Sarah really did seem to make an impact in this her first year at the show. Her unique style of painting is features horses as its main focus but with an impressionist quality.
Any given painting on display could feature numerous horses, but it’s up to the viewer to interpret how many they can spot amongst the thickly applied vivid acrylic paints that allow for a real depth of texture.
Commenting on the feedback to her work, the mum of three said: “I have been surprised by the reaction. People walk by and look, then suddenly they are shocked to see a horse in the painting. It turns into a bit of a competition to see how many they can spot. Little kids seem to see them easier.”
Sarah may not be out riding horses as often as she used to be since her children came along, but her art has allowed her passion for horses to continue.
“I have been painting for years, but I just thought I would take some pictures of horses and use them in a different way.”
She added: “I didn’t think the idea was that unique, I just love to do it. Hopefully after exhibiting this year at the show, more will come from it.”
Sarah even managed to get her art work onto the catwalk at the annual Ladies Day festivities with help from her friend Amy McKeever, who transferred her painting onto satin and made a unique skirt and top from the fabric.