Richmond artist gifts horse artwork to subject’s owner

Richmond resident and mosaic portrait artist Peter Jauneika has gifted his latest artwork to the subject’s owner.

The artist was keen to attempt a horse during lockdown having not done one before.

He also wanted to spread some cheer so invited people via social media to send him a picture of their beloved horse, and then chose his favourite.

He has now presented the finished portrait to the winner, Charlotte Anderson of Middleham, who submitted a photo of her horse Rhubarbs Top Gun, also known as Merlin.

Charlotte said Merlin was “literally the happiest horse in the world – and the greediest”.

“He will eat anything – sandwiches, crisps, chocolate (Twix are his favourite) and he loves going on a ride to the pub where he gets treated to some cider, which he will drink from the glass.”

After retiring from a career in IT, Peter found that he finally had the time to indulge his longstanding passion for mosaic artwork.

An artist at heart, when his two children were young, and he lived by the Trent & Mersey Canal in Alrewas Staffordshire, he produced and sold canal art but found a love for mosaics after being inspired during a trip to the Alhambra in Spain.

Following a move to Aysgarth, Wensleydale, in 1998 he started to create several pieces of mosaic artwork and soon found himself being commissioned.

While his most recent commissions have been of dogs his most fulfilling project to date is that of  a collaboration with the children of Askrigg School in 2007 for a large wall hanging that is a representation of  Wensleydale life through their eyes.

This piece still takes pride of place today in the outside shelter within the school grounds.

His work and latest commissions can be viewed under @portrasaic on Instagram.