Vivian Harder - Equestrian Artist



I commissioned Vivian to have a painting done to express a transitional time in my life. For years I had driven past her studio living in South Langley and always had a curiosity about her work. Her colorful and expressive paintings had always captured my attention.

When it was clear that a painting was needed, Thunderfoot Studio immediately came to mind. Vivian was professional, relaxed and encouraging. Even our yellow lab Sunny was relaxed in her presence and if you have a young lab you know how rare that is. As I shared my story, she was an active listener, acknowledging the difficulty of our situation. I told her I wanted a herd of horses running through the water with water splashing up around them.

I described the paint leading the herd and sent her a photo of one. I was thrilled about the first draft. When we later met in her studio for a revision to the eyes of the leader, she was so intent to hear exactly what was I was hoping for and made the changes that I desired with enthusiasm. The results truly mirrored my desire.    Jennifer

Aspen grove ride

Hi Vivian, I received my oil painting "Aspen Grove" today! I feel it has always belonged with me above my fireplace. I stare into it and I can vision how the horses move, them starting to trot or canter down the pathway, even shying, etc. I just love this and the colors are like fall my favorite season. Thank you soooo much!!!   Sue

Tourism Langley

On behalf of the Tourism Board of Directors, I would like to thank you again for the opportunity to work with you on such an exciting and unique Mural project.  The collaborative efforts of both you and Deborah exceeded my expectations an artistic interpretation of Langley.  You have also enabled our Visitor Center staff with a fun, hands on approach in directing and guiding visitors and residents throughout our communities, while at the same time, showcasing the spectacular landscapes that make up Langley.

We are proud of the amazing talent that reside in our community, and are especially honored to have the opportunity to showcase your work in the Langley Visitor Center.  The wonderful addition to our space continues to draw both visitors and residents and trust it will result in increased awareness of your craft.

We look forward to the opportunity of working with you and the arts community in many future programs and projects.

Sincerely, Deborah Kulchiski, Executive Director, Tourism Langley

Thunderbird Show Park

Dear Vivian, I wanted to thank you very much for the recent caricature site plan commissioned for Thunderbird Show Park.  We have received fantastic feedback from our customer and visitors with comments ranging from the accuracy of the site plan to the details of the drawing including the jumps, show ribbons on bridles, horse trailers, golf carts, riding apparel & of course the horses themselves. 

What I am so pleased with is the sense of general festivity and atmosphere that you have created in your work of art.  Your painting will appear in our various publications, as a directional map for our customers and holds a place of honor on the wall of our tournament office.

Thank you once again for your very fine work and for meeting our deadline last fall.  It has been a pleasure working with you to come up with such a superior finished product.  If you ever require a reference please feel free to call on me as I am one of your biggest fans!
Take care & all the best with your future horse endeavors.
Sincerely yours,

Jane Tidball, President & Tournament Director, Thunderbird Show Park

International Wood Workers Association

The corporate painting Down Time is displayed in the presidential office suite of the I.W.A. I love this painting. When we are in stressful negotiations and I need a break, I go into the office and sit down and stare into the painting. It calms me and clears my head. I can go back into the meetings refocused.

Brian Lund, Business agent, IWA Local 1-3567

Sir Spike

Hi Vivian, Just wanted to let know that Sir Spike the cat portrait was a big hit on Christmas morning. Our son Paul was very pleased with his gift. Thanks very much for all your work. We really appreciate you accommodating  our request so close to Christmas, and doing such a great picture for us. Thanks again!
Donna & Ray

Thank You!! I just received for Christmas this year a painting you did of my cat, Spike - I just wanted to drop a line to tell you how beautiful it is and how much I love it!!  Of course with me being away from home he hasn't had a chance to see it yet but as soon as I can get it home to him he will. It will look great in my apartment and I will treasure it forever.
Thank you again! Paul


Vivian - Well it seems strange not to be e-mailing you daily anymore, but it sure is great having my brochure and cards done and getting "out there".  The printers had no trouble printing either of them and were very impressed with how the brochures were done.  I am just so happy with all the work you did for me and have been giving out your name and cards to anyone who may be needing your services - the printers even wanted to keep your name on file!
So thanks so much for doing such a superb job!!! Julie Bose



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Down time

Down Time - Testimonial


Sir Spike testimonial