From her stable-turned-studio in the English countryside, Caro Ward creates paintings that explore the full breadth of the special connection between horses and people. Whether invoking mythical or historical aspects of that connection or examining horses as beautiful creatures, Ward's work walks the line between dramatic and delicate. In this regard, Ward's attention to emotion, apparent through her modernist depictions of her subjects, is particularly captivating. Furthermore, Ward elaborates this deep connection through symbolic flourishes and speckles of oil paint, gestures that provide thematic and artistic counterpoints to her more structured and stylized techniques.
In her work as a whole, Ward proposes multiple dichotomies about horses in an elaborate, yet economical, style. Untamed animals are juxtaposed with trained ones, while historical events are placed alongside legend. The cohesion in these disparate depictions occurs in her composition: the evanescent qualities of Ward's frequent use of pastels, in her deliberate and clean brushwork, and the use of the negative space to allow her equine subjects to breathe. Foremost, however, is the sense of dignity, even in her bridled horses.