For more than 40 years, Joni Monroe Beinborn of Joni’s Ponies has captivated viewers with her ability to produce pastel paintings that come alive in depth, light and character to produce exact likenesses of her subjects.
"I believe that when a drawing is created well in detail, it can elicit emotion that is far different than a photograph," said Beinborn, who resides in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. "I strive to bring what is beautiful of the horse; strength, softness and a sense of wildness. I often look to my own horses to feel and sense the true essence of the horse to incorporate into my work."
Self-taught and highly collected, Beinborn has enjoyed many well-deserved accolades for her work. She served as the official artist for the 2010 American Paint Horse Association Summer and Fall World Championship Shows. In 2014, the American Quarter Horse Association presented her with the Steel Dust Award for overall quality and depth in her body of work in the America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale. In 2017, she was also named the Signature Artist by AQHA. She is the only person ever to receive both the Steel Dust and Signature Artist titles. In addition to being showcased in the May/June 2017 issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Beinborn’s work has been featured on the cover of AQHA’s America’s Horse and in the Equine Chronicle, Western Wisconsin Horse Show Association Handbook, Minnesota Paint Horse Directory and in the 2010 American Paint Horse Association summer and fall World Show publications. Most recently, the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida, has chosen Joni’s portrait of A Sudden Impulse to promote their 2021 futurities named for the stallion.
Beinborn specializes in custom portraits of your horse, dog, or any other favorite beast in pastel, oil, colored pencil or graphite. To learn more about Joni Monroe Beinborn, visit jonisponies.com or follow her on Facebook @jonisponies.