Discussing the use of animals, and particularly the horse in her work, the artist has commented 'I always try to explain that I haven't done a great many animals - that I'm not in fact an animal sculptor. If you love animals you have to have some sort of sympathy with the way they are or exist, and how we treat them. If I'm sculpting animals I don't want to oversentimentalise them because one can be very sentimental about that part of our life ... I'm not a true animal sculptor [because] the animals I make are far more what I feel about them than what they are in real life ... I'm much more interested in the spirit of the animal. I get into the inside of the animal, and the outside takes care of itself' (E. Lucie-Smith, Frink A Portrait, London, 1994, pp. 121-23).