Born in London in 1991, Josie Appleby was educated at Watford Grammar School for Girls and later attended ‘Instituto Marangoni’ - one of the most credible fashion schools in Europe. She was offered an internship at British luxury Fashion House, Alexander McQueen, after just her first year of a graduate degree.
Growing up, she found solace in the care and company of horses, and in refining her craft creating portraits and commissions, which were greatly received by the equestrian community. “Horses have not only inspired me but have taught me so many lessons that cross over into my art. The sensitivity, confidence, skill, patience, and passion are all things that I have learnt from the horses and in turn are reflected into my art. Whilst studying for my equine sports science degree I had to dissect, draw and learn about every part of these amazing animals. So when the emotional and scientific lessons I had learnt merged, horses naturally became effortless to paint.”
Josie’s deep understanding and knowledge of the subject and her profound passion and flair for art and design is clear to see in her wonderfully atmospheric paintings. Her paintings are layered with beautiful sentimentality, and capture her adoration for the subject in a contrast of vulnerability and strength.