Louise Millin Inchley, known as ‘Milli’, is painting a 5ft hare for Cotswold Hare Trail, called Horse Hare, with her inspiration coming from the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.

‘I live in Regency Cheltenham, surrounded by the breathtaking Cotswold hills. When I attend Cheltenham Races, I always love standing above its world famous Parade Ring. It has an amazing atmosphere and the view is stunning with the backdrop of the Cleeve Hill which is the highest part of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.

‘The interaction of the crowds of people in their finery with the tweed suits and ladies days outfits and hats make an interesting subject. As well as the horses, trainers, owners and the jockey silk patterns. Horse Hare’s inner ears have a pattern inspired by patterns of the different colours of Jockey Silks.

‘The Festival is an important four day event in jump racing. It is four days of magic, greatness and frenzy played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills.

‘It features the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 260,000 people, all of whom are determined to have the time of their lives.

Biography Louise, known as ‘Milli’ in the art world lives in Cheltenham.

“Working in oils, the focus of my art is people and atmospheric lighting in street scenes and interior settings. I take inspiration from my local surroundings and the glamour of The French Riviera as well as other cities and destinations from my travels.

'After graduating from Cheltenham Art College I worked as a draughts person and interior designer for architects at home and Singapore. It was upon my return from Singapore 14 years ago that painting became far more than just a hobby and I now paint full time. I am a member of the Cheltenham Group of Artists. My work can be found in private collections in the UK, France, Canada, America and Australia.”

To find out more about me, my website is milliart.co.uk and I can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @milli_artist.