Jody Skinner is a self-taught equine artist living and painting in Calgary, Alberta. A native Albertan, Skinner originally pursued a career in accounting after graduating from the University of Alberta in 1987 with degrees in Mathematics and Business. In 1991, Skinner began painting scenes of western horse life with chalk pastels.
Skinner adopted the western horse life as the major theme for her work due to the love of horses she developed as a child. Skinner’s passion for horses can be attributed to the time she spent on her family’s horse ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
As Skinner’s work progressed she began working with oils on oversized canvases. Skinner now works exclusively with oils on linen, applying the oils with palette knives. This combination provides a lot of texture to the paintings, which Skinner believes conveys more feeling.
Skinner began exhibiting her work at the Calgary Stampede in 1993 at the Western Art Auction and then in 1998 as an artist in the Calgary Western Art Salons. Subsequently she has participated in both the Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction and Western Art Salons every year since.