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Christine Picavet was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Villard de Lans, a ski resort in the Alps. Growing up in an artistic family, and from an early age developing a passion for horses, it was destined that Picavet would become an equine artist. After showing horses and becoming a riding instructor, Christine moved to Chantilly where she worked for the top racing stables in France while painting Thoroughbred horses. After moving to New York, she continued to work as an exercise rider, but it was here that she received her first commissions to paint famous horses. Eventually Picavet moved to Southern California where she worked for Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham while her reputation as an equine artist grew. She married an equine veterinarian, and in 1980, when expecting her son Eric, she ended a decade of riding race horses to become a full-time equine artist. Later, Picavet began to paint Western and wildlife scenes. Her love of nature led her to move to Pagosa Springs, Colorado where she explored new subjects in her paintings and continued doing horse and domestic animal portraits. Source

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