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Artist’s war horse for film legend Steven Spielberg

An artist is working on a drawing destined to hang from a wall in the home of Steven Spielberg. Jo Taylor has been commissioned to create a charcoal for the award-winning director to mark the release of his new blockbuster Warhorse.

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WORK OF ART: Artist Jo Taylor at work in her studio

An artist is working on a drawing destined to hang from a wall in the home of Steven Spielberg.

Jo Taylor has been commissioned to create a charcoal for the award-winning director to mark the release of his new blockbuster Warhorse.

Although Jo says she is not able to name the client who is paying her for the work, she has revealed that he is a landowner on whose property the cavalry scenes from the film were shot.

Her work will be given as a gift to Mr Speilberg, who she has been told is obsessed with Warhorse the play.

Jo, 42, who specialises in painting and drawing horses in motion, said she is excited about where her latest art will end up.

She said: "It’s really exciting. When the client called me to say what was wanted it ended up being an odd conversation for a Tuesday night.

"I can’t remember what I said to my husband James when I got off the phone. The project for Mr Spielberg is all ongoing at the moment.

"I’ve done a lot of drawings and I’m waiting for my client to come and pick which one he gives to him.

"It’s been easier because I’ve been inspired."

Jo, whose mum and dad are from Clayton-le-Moors, has travelled all over the world to ride and watch horses in different environments, exploring the relationship between man and beast in her art.

The self-proclamied fan of Haworth Art Gallery, lives and works in Whalley with husband James, 45, a charity fundraiser, her retired greyhound and ex-racehorse. She added: "The drawings are quite large – about the size of a door.

"It’s definitely going to be a charcoal drawing capturing the essence of the Warhorse play and the film in one piece of work.

"Mr Spielberg is apparently obsessed by the Warhorse play and the puppet in it.

"I haven’t felt the pressure, even though as far as commissions go, this is right up there."

Jo, as artist in residence at the University of Liverpool Veterinary Department, has been able to study the anatomy of horses to get a better grasp of her art.

As well as Mr Spielberg she has also created paintings for respected racehorse trainers Alan King and Nicky Henderson and Lady Huntingdon and The Duke and Duchess of Bedford.

She has an exhibition which opens at the Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool on February 9. It is thought Steven Spielberg has homes in New York, California and Florida.