About the Artist: Kaylin Wells
Wells always sketched and doodled, as long as she can remember. Her primary
subject-horses-galloped surreptitiously across class notes, book margins and
scraps of paper at school.
"I never realized how much I drew them until I ran into a couple classmates
in separate instances, and they both asked me if I still draw horses," said
Wells, a fourth-year Washington State University veterinary student. "I guess
that's not the worst way to be remembered."
Wells grew up in Federal Way, Wash., but spent much of her time at a family
farm in Buckley, Wash., where her passion to study large-animal veterinary
medicine began. She loved to sketch the animals during her visits there as well,
Later in Ellensburg, Wash., attending Central Washington University for her
biology degree and chemistry minor, Wells trained horses while holding down
three jobs and full class loads. She also started producing commissioned
paintings of her four-hooved muse.
"I find myself mostly driven to painting/drawing horses because I've always
been so in awe of their physique, form and grandeur," Wells said. "They're such
a wild, yet trusting animal, and I'm always calmed when I am with them. They're
incredibly gentle, but amazingly fierce.
"What makes them even better in my mind is that they are also working
animals, although maybe not as much these days," she said. "They are a symbol
for a way of life and a symbol of human history, so I like to re-create that
history in my work."
One of Wells's favorite pieces is "Greetings," a charcoal-on-paper sketch of
two horses Wells used to work with when she taught riding lessons.
"I don't know why I like it so much, but it's just a simple piece that
captures a typical interaction between horses," she said. "My paintings are of
unimportant instances that can occur any day, but each in themselves can be
beautiful. I hope that exhibit visitors will be able to see the art in their own
Wells will graduate this May with her veterinary medicine degree and hopes to
practice equine medicine, not surprisingly.
"But I foresee the occasional small animal in my future as well," she said.
"It would be nice to return to central Washington, but we'll see where the job
offers take me."