Il Palio di Siena

collage illustration of Il Palio di Siena

I was recently asked to create a bespoke piece of art depicting the Il Palio di Siena – a famous horse race that takes place in Italy. It occurred to me whilst working on this piece that I rarely create images featuring animals or people so it was an exciting challenge to have so many to make in one picture! I decided not to go into too much detail with the faces of either the crowd or the racing horses as I wanted to create a sense of motion and speed in this piece of work. I really loved trying to evoke the atmosphere of beautiful Siena and used water colour paints on sugar paper to add some depth to the sky and the sandy racetrack. Making Il Palio di Siena has given me lots of ideas for work that has a more figurative focus so there’ll be lots more adventures in cutting and sticking to come in the new year…



  1. Fran P

    Hi Holly

    Are re-prints of this available to buy? Would love to hear if so, and if this can be shipped to London, thank you!


    • Hi Fran, thanks for your comment. So glad you like the Palio print, it is are available to buy as a giclee print on beautiful quality photorag paper. The price is £75 for A3 or £85 for A2. Other sizes are available (inch sizes or other A sizes) just email me at for details and to place an order. Thanks!

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