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Avenger Is… Was… and Ever Shall Be…

"Avenger" Pastel 1988 On January 3rd, 2008, the Arabian stallion Destiny’s Avenger, the first horse I ever fell in love with, was released from his physical body and this earthly realm to rejoin the other great horse spirits on the other side. His presence graced my art in thirteen creations inspired by his beauty and spirit, and his famous portrait, “Avenger”, has touched countless people through my art. His portrait ...[Read More]

Living Art ~ Part 2 Sentience in Horses

Flutterby gazes at his own Soul Essence portrait by Kim McElroy I have discovered over the years that horses respond to photographs, and not only do they focus their attention on pictures, but they respond even more to art, especially their own portrait.  This is one of the most profound ways I began to realize sentience in horses. Once when I was talking with an animal communicator by phone, she was interpreting a communication from my mare Meadow. The commun ...[Read More]

Living Art ~ Part 1

Drawing my mare, Darma If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Wayne Dyer In the Harry Potter movies, the characters in paintings move and have a life independent of the viewer. Sometimes they are frozen, painted as the artist must have posed them. Other times they are moving, talking with the viewer or each other, or absent and elsewhere, going to some other painting in another house ...[Read More]

To Ignite the Imagination

Bonfire   “He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him” – Shakespeare Awesome, beautiful, frightening, essential… these words describe a few of the qualities of fire, one of the most powerful of elements. So many varied emotions revolve around fire. It can be either beneficial or destructive depending upon one’s viewpoint and lif ...[Read More]

Windows to the Soul

Reflective e-inspiration 2   “A strange stillness dwells in the eye of the horse, a composure that appears to regard the world from a measured distance…It is a gaze from the depths of a dream.” – Hans~Heinrich Isenbart             One day a little girl came to visit my farm. She had never seen horses up close before, and couldn’t stop talking about them. “Why are their eyes like round marbles?” ...[Read More]

Riding Wisdom ~ Part 2

"Other Dimensions" by Kim McElroy   In my previous story Riding Wisdom, I wrote about how I began to learn about Equine Assisted personal growth.  The one experience I‘d had from Epona Approved Instructor Leigh Shambo’s workshop had left me anxious for more. Somehow I knew that at some deep level that this work was the only way I could heal parts of myself that I had been unaware needed healing. In 2002 I had the opport ...[Read More]

Riding Wisdom ~ Part 1

Kim creating art Winner of  the Honorable Mention Award in the 2008 Angel Horses with a Mission True Story Contest   For over twenty years I have been an artist who seeks to define horses in my art and portray them with an awareness of their sentience and spiritual gifts. Though I had faith in the truth of what I believed about horses, and though I had experienced some profound connections with horses I had m ...[Read More]

Spirit of the Horse ~ One Artist’s Journey of Inspiration

My favorite horse as a child at the only riding stable within a day's drive The earthly horse expresses itself in many beautiful forms, shapes, and sizes. Yet when seen through an artist’s eyes –other aspects and elements of horse spirits can be revealed.   I have loved horses from the time I could remember, and I have drawn them from the time I could hold a crayon.  I was fortunate to know from an early age that I wanted to be an artist, and thankfully unlike some artist ...[Read More]

Remembering the Childlike Wonder for the Horse

"Longing" pastel by Kim McElroy When I was a child, I wanted to be a wild horse. I galloped on my hands and knees. My hair became a long horse’s mane, my expressions conveyed my emotions. I snorted and whinnied to call my herdmates. I painted horses in a similar way. When I drew a horse, I was the horse. The horses I dreamed of and painted in my art were intelligent and sensitive emotional beings. They communicated in their own ...[Read More]