A Painted Reiner
October 6th, 2015Tweet
By: Barbara Aitken
“It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion can come together.”- Unknown
For Naike Albert, passion is as simple as breathing. An assistant reining trainer by day and a painter by night, Albert blends her love of horses and love of painting into a stunning silhouette.
“My inspiration came from my dad collecting art when I was a kid,” says Albert. “He had many paintings of horses and I grew up always wanting one.”
So when Naike was seven years old, her father took her to a local trainer near their home in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada where she started taking riding lessons. When not in the barn, Naike spent her time taking painting lessons.
Naike now resides in Elverson, Pennsylvania where she works at Palmer Performance Horses for reining trainer Matt Palmer. Palmer’s mother, Joan, who also gives riding lessons at Palmer Performance Horses, believes that Albert is “extraordinary”.
“Sometimes after a full day of riding, Naike will send me a picture of a painting she’s working on at 2:00 o’clock in the morning! Even at 2:00am I can see her passion.”
Time is not a priority for Albert when it comes to painting.
“When the inspiration is there, I don’t worry about sleeping or time. I paint what I feel.”
As Albert describes her paintings, she uses words such as “bright, colorful, energetic, and strong.”
“I paint images that are strong”, says Albert. “I like competition so my paintings are a reflection of how I see myself.”
Although she prefers to paint inspired originals, Albert paints requested canvases as well. However, each painting is an original. Albert does not reproduce or make copies of her paintings.
She describes herself as a “very free person,” which reflects in her work.
“Her paintings are always abstract and imaginative,” says J. Palmer. “Her genuine feelings go into each stroke.”
According to Albert, her paintings generally, “just happen”. “I’ll start to draw ten different horses and then I’ll look at them and want to put three of them together. That’s when I draw them on the canvas and start to paint.”
Her mood dictates the color palettes she chooses to feature. “I use a lot of red. I think red represents energy and love.”
Albert is able to create emotionally relatable expressions within her paintings in a manner that people who have ever had a connection with a horse could understand.
Palmer believes that Albert’s love of horses is the reason why she is able to put so much emotion into her paintings. The connection with the horses she creates transfers to her training style.
“She puts that same energy into the horses she rides,” says J. Palmer. She’s patient with the babies, and she puts structure and feel onto the colts she rides. That’s what you see in her paintings.”
Albert takes her paintings to each show she attends. When she’s not riding or showing, she paints in front of the Palmer Performance Horses stall displays. Since she enjoys the barn atmosphere, she hopes to someday rent an extra stall to display and sell her originals.
As J. Palmer says, “It’s a wonderful journey with Naike.”
Photos by Farmstead Images - Danielle Stephenson and Shane Rux Photography