Tabatha Pack of Twin Oak Arabians
Get to know Tabatha Pack, the talented artist who created Darley, the sixth release in the 2018 Stablemates Club. Tabatha creates original model horse sculptures and operates Twin Oak Arabians.
What inspired your love of horses?
As a little girl, I grew up riding and showing a purebred Arabian who is a grandson of the great founding sire Khemosabi++++. This amazing animal is the inspiration and the heart of my passion for horses. The Arabian is now 30 years old.
The name of my business, “Twin Oak Arabians,” is born from my childhood as well. Our home had two large oak trees which grew in the form of a "V" at the base. If we had ever chosen to begin an Arabian horse farm, we would have given it the same name.
How did your art career begin?
I began drawing and painting at a young age and started sculpting in early 2007. The natural ability I have is God given and cannot be attributed to any formal training. My hope is that the essence of each piece will inspire and resonate within you, bringing joy to your life with each gaze upon it.
Original sculptures at Twin Oak Arabians are created using wire, tin foil, and self-hardening epoxy. Most sculpture editions are reproduced as limited one-mold runs in various media including bronze, artist quality resin, and fine bone china.
Commissions are accepted for sculptures and hand painted custom work. All hand painting is done with acrylics in the direction of hair growth. Hair by hair acrylic detailing may take up to 75 hours for one subject in 1/9th scale. I sign, date, and seal each hand painted completed work of art.
What do you specialize in today?
I am an artist who specializes in highly realistic sculpture. My primary focus is the equine subject. I strive to portray the emotion and movement of an individual at a moment in time. Extreme attention to detail, anatomy, and correct conformation are infused into each piece.
Is there a piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in sculpting?
When putting in the detail of the muscle, try to carve in a way so the light picks up the lines, rather than carving the lines directly into the model.
Darley's original sculpture
What inspired you when creating Darley?
Breyer provided the initial photo for the position and inspiration. As I worked on the sculpture, I wanted to show the elegance of the Arabian breed, especially in the refinement of the head and neck. I also tried to infuse his expression with an alert and curious personality. It will be interesting to see how artists in the hobby adapt his initial form into variations of different positions. The creativity of this hobby is very inspirational!
If you were a horse, what breed would you be?
Without a doubt, an Arabian.
Make sure that you sign up for 2019 Stablemates Club today! To be eligible, you must sign up before 12/31/2018 at 11:59pm EST.