"Frankie" is for Amy, who commissioned the painting for her mother. Frankie is a 23-year-old chestnut, Canadian Warmblood Sport Horse. According to Amy's mom, "calm" is the best adjective to describe him. Does he look calm in the portrait? I think he does.
Frankie is a rescue horse. Although her family think he is perfect, he is not, physically speaking. He has only one eye (his right one); his left eye is sewn closed. He is big (about 17 hands) and a bit thin. Fortunately over the past 8 months, he has gained some weight.
It is easy to love someone or some thing beautiful, adorable, cute, handsome, etc. It takes a big heart and true love of animals to adopt and take care of a disabled, malnourished horse who was probably abused. I thank you, Amy's mom, for giving a second chance and happy retirement to Frankie.