“I ride five to six horses each day to keep in shape and paint at night. Every day is different, but every day I try to make the most memorable day of my life. I choose to only do things that I love, making sure that I live life to the fullest. I wake up and thank the world for everything I have,” says artist and breeder Brooke Major.
Brooke, whose art is on display at the Galerie Rollin in Rouen, France, and The Whiteside Gallery in Cashiers, North Carolina, has loved to paint ever since she was a child growing up in America. “I have always wanted to be a painter and was inspired by the Renaissance, Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and most of all, the Dadaists (an art movement of the European avant-garde developed in reaction to World War I). Their careers and lives were always something that was worth reading about, and seeing we only have one life to live, I decided to become an artist, too,” she says.
Horses formed the other half of Brooke’s childhood. She began riding at the age of three and spent countless hours in the saddle of trail horses, riding throughout the mountains surrounding her grandparents’ property. She received a horse of own when she was six, and it wasn’t long before she began riding and showing hunters in Atlanta, Georgia.
“By the age of 14, I wanted to show all of the time,” recalls Brooke. “I started catch riding and rode all throughout high school and started giving lessons for income over the summer.” Her love of horses stayed with her throughout her teenage years, and when the time came to head off to university, she had a plan to ensure they remained part of her life.
“Since I had always been fascinated by the Selle Français breed and France in general, I decided to apply to a university in Paris, where I studied International Relations. I took riding lessons at the Veterinarian School in Paris to obtain my showing licence in France and upon receiving it, I fell in love with Normandy and moved to a stud where I could learn all of the ins and outs of breeding sport horses,” she explains.