jonelle-t-mccoyI grew up in Upstate NY, and moved to Oklahoma in 1991. My love of animals, especially horses, has always been inside of me, and they were the focus of my creativity, however, it was the horse that was and still is a driving force in my paintings.

I thank God and my Hungarian Great Granddaddy, artist Nicholas Horvath, for giving me artistic ability. His easel and pencil self portrait that I inherited are prized possessions. I still feel close to him by remembering his stories told about Vincent Van Gogh when family visited him in my childhood. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, inner passion to create was his and my motivation.

My profession as a (scenic) artist started in 1987 at Adirondack Scenic, Inc in NY. After moving to Oklahoma in 1991 I have worked as a scenic painter at OCU in their theater department, Silvertree Productions as a scenic and lead painter, I even worked for Hollywood painting on the set of “Twister” here in Oklahoma. I’ve mainly worked for OKC based corporate event planner Eventures, Inc. as their main artist;

I have recently retired to pursue fine art full time painting on canvas my love, the equine. I have had horses in my life since I was 24, I can’t imagine being without them. I found the smooth gaited Paso Fino breed in 2001 after my husband was hurt on the job, and they are the current inspiration for my imaginative, energetic, colorful abstract and contemporary paintings. I also love to paint spotted horses- the pinto, paints and appaloosa. I also love the power and grace of the Iberian breeds, but no matter what breed, the Quarter Horse, the Morgan horse, the Arab, the warm bloods, the drafts, it doesn’t matter- they all have their own unique appeal to me. I paint horses and they all relate to my desire to create their likeness.

See Jonelle’s Online Equine Gallery

Paso Fino stallion painting
Paso Fino Stallion painting. “Coffee with Creme/”
painting of Spanish colt
Beautiful painting of a Spanish Colt lying in a field of flowers.