settlers west galleries
celebrating over 48 years of fine art

Adeline Halvorsen

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"

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