Personalized gifts are always the best to receive. Not only are you guaranteed a one of a kind item, it means the gifter put a lot of thought into what they thought you would most likely appreciate. If you are looking for that special gift for a barn owner, coach, or fellow horse-crazy friend, Painted Flanks offers some very unique ideas.
Tri City Horse Sports had the opportunity to chat with the owner of Painted Flanks, Rebecca Laforet, about her passion for creating these gorgeous works of art.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Rebecca Laforet. In addition to my 2 lovely daughters and encouraging husband, I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and 4 horses (can’t ever just have one!) I am based out of Georgetown Ontario. When I’m not painting I ride western, mostly for fun and in trails.
What is Painted Flanks and how did you come up with the idea?
I created Painted Flanks as an outlet for my love of horses and painting. I have one very unique looking gelding, so it is impossible to get anything that looks like him short of commissioning a portrait. Rather than do that, I decided to create a business that allows people to send me pictures of their horses, dogs and cats and have a totally custom and very affordable item created just for them.
What sort of options can customers choose from?
I offer many styles and breeds including classic, fancy, draft and Arab styles. The beauty of this is I work closely with an excellent wood cutter, and anything I can draw he can cut. Hair trimmings of horses can also be sent and used on flanks so it’s a really personal item. It started with just flanks (or bum) portraits, then I started offering heads as well. So really the sky is the limit. I’ve done really special projects like 3 legged dogs, chickens, even Cowboys.
Approximately how long does it take to complete a custom creation?
Creation time varies greatly. If it’s a simple bay or chestnut I can have one done in an hour or so, more complicated markings take longer. I’m very fussy on getting markings just right so that’s a monster of my creation.
Where can people see samples of your work?
Currently I operate on Facebook.com/paintedflanks and etsy.com/PaintedFlanks
How can people place an order?
Orders can be placed through Facebook messaging or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org