Hi, I am sharing this with you today because “Avenger” is one of my favorite paintings and a horse that is very close to my heart. I never tire of looking at him and it still amazes me that I created this beautiful painting of him. When I look at it I remember the moment I first met him in 1989. That was the beginning of a long 20 year long distance love affair with him which I share a little more about below in the “Insights” section. Avenger is a universal truth and he is a spark that I hope will ignite you all. I look forward to reading your comments and hearing how he touches your heart!
My strength is tempered by kindness
and honed by experience
A spiritual fire that flows through me
like a river of energy
Igniting the embers of souls
who are willing to rise to my challenge.
Through the fires of life one gains
the truth that comes from courage
the honor that comes from self sacrifice
and the joy that comes from forgiveness
In passing through these initiations
the light that is your true self
will show the way for others
~ Kim McElroy
"Avenger" by Kim McElroy
The first time I encountered Avenger, he took my breath away. Being in his presence was as powerful and magical an experience as author Walter Farley’s boy felt when he tamed the Black Stallion. I had never been near a stallion, much less a vital Arabian stallion. Yet what struck me immediately about him was how his fire was balanced by his kindness. He could be tossing his head and snorting one moment, and in the next become as still as a zen monk while gently licking my hand.
His presence imbued my art like no horse ever had before. I think this is because he knew I perceived his energy and admired his beauty, and so he gave me the gift of communicating that to others.
Throughout the 20 years I knew him, I witnessed him in many different situations, usually when he was able to express his powerful free spirit, but a few times I was with him when his freedom was compromised. He taught me how one can be honest to oneself and hold onto the truth of one’s being even in the midst of apparent powerlessness. Avenger retained his free spirit and kind heart despite life’s obstacles. He was a warrior of truth and a powerful guide, and I was so blessed to have known him.
The paintings he inspired have touched the hearts of countless people the world over, and have brought many wonderful people into my life. Thank you, Avenger.