Ulla Strickland is a native of Germany and has lived in the U.S. since
1993. Her two greatest passions manifested at the same time when
the then 3-year old grabbed a crayon and drew – who would have
guessed? – a horse. At least she claimed it was a horse. From that
moment on, every picture she drew contained at least one horse-
like creature. She started taking riding lessons at the age of eleven
and quickly discovered her love for dressage when she knocked out
a tooth while jumping. At the age of sixteen, she – finally! – got a
horse. The handsome pitch-black Trakehner gelding became her
favorite model and it was clear even then that her medium of
choice would be graphite, something that changed only recently
when Ulla started playing with watercolors. In her late teens and
during her college years, Ulla did quite a few portraits of people,
horses and pets for friends, family and some “outside” clients.
At the age of 30, Ulla made her way from baroque Würzburg,
Germany to modern Atlanta, GA. After the culture shock wore off
and a year spent in the U.S. without horses (“the worst year of my
life”), she found her way back into the sport and has since worked
diligently on her “horse collection” which now includes a
Thoroughbred and two Arabians.
Ulla is mostly self-taught; her parents wisely discouraged an
education and career in the fine arts. However, she was part of a
select intensive study group at her high school under the tutelage
of well-known illustrator and art professor Sven-Roland Hooge.
There, she perfected her technique, using an average of four to
five different pencils to almost photographically depict different
materials and surface structures. After high school and college, she
chose a marketing and advertising career with emphasis on graphics
and copy writing. However, she never completely abandoned her
second passion, the fine arts, either and is now sharing her works
with a broader public.
The artist with the youngest member of her
“collection”, the Arabian “CF Royal Command”
.... and the Arabian “CF Chernobyll” ("Billy") RIP.
Self Portrait at age 18
Tiger - 1987
Photo: JLM Equine Photography