Spirit of Horse Blog

Inspirations and Insights from Kim McElroy.

A Helping Hand

In 1986, after graduating from Northwest College of Art, I was anxious to see what possibilities my new artistic style in painting horses had in store for me. I wanted to sell my art, so my first step was to contact some gallery owners in Seattle to see if they would show my work. Some galleries didn’t think my work was suitable, but then I was accepted at Legends Gallery which had a beautiful sel ...[Read More]

A Style All Its Own

In 1986, during the spring break of my second year of art college, my mother and I drove down to Arroyo Grande, Calif. to visit our friend, Geska, and her daughter, Debbie. They lived with their three Arabian horses on a bluff overlooking the distant Pacific Ocean. As a child, I always loved to visit Geska and Debbie as they were the only people in my parent’s circle of friends who had horses. You ...[Read More]

Principles of Art – Part 2

CƐzanne once said that it was the artist’s task to become concentric with nature. When I paint horses, I try to become the horse. I feel what its like to have the sun on my coat and the wind in my mane, I feel the strength of four powerful legs and what its like to move my ears. In my painting titled “Being”, I vividly remember the experience of being that horse, running through the misty morning ...[Read More]

Principles of Art – Part 1

“To love the plain, homely, common, simple things of earth, of these to sing; to make the familiar beautiful and the commonplace enchanting;” ~ Elbert Hubbard   When I created the painting of “Beholder” I began thinking that I might start to include wildlife art in some of my inspirations.  I was commissioned to create this art as a cover of a documentary about Falconry in Saudi Arabia.  At t ...[Read More]

Back to the Future

We are always seeking to capture the elusive element of time. We experience an important moment, and want to capture it – so we take a photograph to freeze that moment in order to relive it, time and time again. Yet by the very act of trying to capture it, we make it more elusive. For the moment itself will never exist again. We can but view a reflection of it, in order to trigger our minds to rec ...[Read More]

Darma 6 ~ Home at Last ~ 2000

See earlier and next Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling up or down When I met Darma at Churchill Downs and she became a part of my life in 1997, I had no way of knowing how profoundly she would affect me. By seeking the most natural life possible for her and for me, I was led to make choices that have changed my life forever. I knew that having a horse was a big responsibi ...[Read More]

Echoes – The Creation of Brother Earth, Sister Sea

“At some point, the individual’s actions must become synchronized with universal forces, a synchronization that eases life’s basic loneliness. You are enmeshed in a larger purpose. You are meant to be in a certain place and fill a particular role. You are being yourself, truly and entirely for the first time.” – Jonathan Young, PhD, The Quest Magazine In creating some ...[Read More]

Darma 5 ~ Freedom’s Gift ~ 1999

See earlier and next Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling up or down   I had made the decision to occasionally allow my mare Darma out of her paddock to wander freely in the back yard of our rental property, instead of hand walking her on a halter, as she was often tense and easily spooked. Looking back I realize that it was unrealistic to imagine this high spirited tho ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations ~ The Heralding

The idea for “The Heralding” came to me in a complete vision, which is rare.  Usually my ideas evolve or are inspired by seeing images that inspire me to use them in a composition.  But this time I saw the vision clearly so I drew a rough sketch of the idea and kept it while I looked for photo references.  Years later, in my travels, I met a woman who shared a photograph of her mare an ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations ~ Vision

A friend of mine once told me that every painting I made was created for someone. This was a very profound statement, for sometimes I would create a painting and despair when I find a home for it until years later. Other times, I would find someone to love the piece in a very brief time. One thing I have discovered; it is always a process of being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes, i ...[Read More]