Born and brought up in Derbyshire, England, Armandie Haywood has always been close to the wildlife and nature of the Peak District, which along with her very own wildlife refugees has been the inspiration for much of her work.
Her passion for horses started at a very early age and has resulted in a lifelong dedication to the learning and understanding of all things equine.
She served many successful years as a portrait painter and photographer and then later as a commercial artist and illustrator. She has been commissioned by some of the worlds famous names.
Straight out of art college and taking on many early commissions, Armandie felt encouraged to pursue her painting career whilst studying and working in veterinary practice, the two passions eventually combining to raise awareness of animal welfare issues.
She continued a natural progression in commercial art and illustration for many private clients and companies worldwide.
Later on, her interest in animal behaviour and in particular equine science led her, with the help of her own horses into the study of psychology and rehabilitation.
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When in the studio, endless notebooks filled with ideas and sketches provide the basis for the preliminary pieces that can come thick and fast in any medium available to hand.
Though it is not uncommon for some originals to take years to complete whilst other ideas are being explored, some may never be finished and have served only to work through a feeling or emotion.
She is known to 'go to ground' for many years at a time whilst submerging herself into the latest collection.
Armandie Haywood's passion for horses started at a very early age and has resulted in a lifelong dedication to the learning and understanding of all things equine, which she explores in her debut collection with us.
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