About Marina Haycroft

The creation of my work is driven by my profound love of horses.


My name is Marina Haycroft and I’m a Brisbane-based horse portrait artist. I have enjoyed all things equestrian and have been drawing horses for as long as I can remember.

I love connecting with like-minded horse lovers and creating unique artworks that capture the character of their horses. It’s so rewarding to see photos of my client’s commissioned artworks hanging proudly in their homes.

It would be an honor to create a portrait of your horse that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

My Vision

My aim is to capture the unique personality, essence and character of each horse I depict to immediately evoke a sense of the horse’s presence.

It is capturing the unique character of the subject in an artwork that captivates viewers as the horse’s lifelike presence is immortalized in a pastel portrait artwork.

Using only the highest quality materials, the creation process starts with images of your horse from photos. From there I set out to create a true likeness, and everlasting pastel portrait of your horse. The portraits also make the perfect gift.

For the Love of Horses…

My drive for creating art has stemmed from a deep and profound affinity with horses. I started my equestrian career early by completing a school-based traineeship at Larundel Warmblood Stud, School of Dressage where I then bred my own mare.

Immediately after graduating I moved to the University of Queensland to study Equine Studies, working as a groom/stablehand while I studied. I then began a role guiding horseback rides through Australian bush and beaches for many years before later pursuing my interest in classical dressage. In 2012, I started performance riding in El Caballo Blanco and completed an 8 month traveling tour showcasing magnificent Friesian and Andalusian stallions through classical dressage.

Since completing the tour with El Caballo Blanco, I have moved to Brisbane to focus on my own horses and creating custom horse portraits for clients worldwide. My background and experience in equestrian endeavors has allowed me to meet some incredible horses and people. It brings me great joy to be able to connect and immortalise these special animals in a portrait that captures their spirit for their owners to treasure and enjoy for many many years.

Hi Marina, The portrait is amazing. The horses are spot on. I can’t thank you enough for what an amazing job you have done.



Thank you so much.  You are so talented Marina, you have managed to portray their different personalities perfectly. We just love it.


Horse portrait by Equine pastel painter Artist Marina Haycroft

“Marina the portrait painting is STUNNING, I am so shocked, you made him look amazing, my boy. You are such a talent, I’m so happy with this. Thank you with all my heart, this is such a special gift, it truly means more to me than you probably realise. He has been such a wonderful part of our family for such a long time and you have definitely done him justice.”



“I received this beautiful artwork from my now husband, it is absolutely stunning and perfectly resembles both horses. My old mare (the bay) passed away only a couple months ago and this is the most special gift I could have ever hoped to receive. Thank you so much. I couldn’t love it any more! I cried when I opened it, it’s so special and something I will cherish forever.”


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Custom Horse Portraits by Marina Haycroft capture the unique personality, essence and character of your horse in a pastel painting to immediately evoke a sense of the horse’s presence.


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