Personal Journeys

Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven

Darma at trainer's barn, 1997 Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven – 1997 see earlier and next Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling up or down Despite the moments of peace I had found with Darma, I still didn’t feel confident in leading her, or in knowing what to do when she was anxious.  I tried boarding her at a professional trainer’s. He insisted I needed to be assertive and show the ...[Read More]

Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path

Who are you? Darma and Kim at Boarding Stable, 1997 Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path – 1997 see earlier and next Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling up or down When one has experienced love at first sight, you would think that they would live happily ever after. What I didn’t realize is that spontaneous love means you have found a potential soul mate. It also means you have to get to know each other before th ...[Read More]

Darma Part 1 ~ Love at First Breath

Darma first meeting, 1996 Darma Part 1 ~ Love at First Breath Louisville, Kentucky – Churchill Downs Racetrack – July 1996 see further Darma stories by clicking the blog link above and scrolling down I met my dream horse on a humid day in July. My casual visit with my friend CJ to the backside of the track did not accurately portend the event that was to take place. We walked over to greet a trainer that Glenn ...[Read More]

True Colors

Long Shadows “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery   Have you ever noticed, that when you sign your name, there is a rhythm to the way your hand moves across the paper? Perhaps you even say your name to yourself silently as you sign it. Your signature is a part of your identity. It is essentially you, no one el ...[Read More]

A Horse Perspective

if-wishes-were-horses-blog When I was a child I longed to have a horse. I didn’t know why this unexplained desire awakened in me, I only knew that it was important. When I couldn’t have a real horse I started drawing them. Fortunately this led to my dream career as a horse artist. My painting, “If Wishes Were Horses” illustrates the fascination that many of us feel for horses. Having a horse is, in a sense, learning how to ...[Read More]

The Gift

The Gift “A thing of beauty is a joy forever Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.” ~ John Keats I met Sally Rogers at the Arabian Nationals in Albuquerque where I was exhibiting my artwork.  She was very appreciative of my talent, and she told me that she had a photograph o ...[Read More]

Silent Sentinels Watching Over Us

"Silent Sentinels" ~ Horses in the Elements Series Three Horses arc over the landscape   Benevolent spirits surround us As silent sentinels, they watch Holding the space for our awakening Sending a nudge when we reach a crossroads Horses help us find the trail The way back to our true selves ~ Kim McElroy I remember so vividly when I saw the cloud formation that inspired this painting.  In 1989 I was driving across the country with my mother Kay, on our way to a horse event to ...[Read More]

Deeper, Stronger, and Less Afraid to Feel Grief

SkyeLandeSea 2000118 In 1995, when I fell in love with Darma, a three-year old injured racehorse from Kentucky, my lifelong dreams of having my own horse were part of what influenced me to make the choice to buy her.  In subsequent years I began to learn that there was another side to my fantasy love affair of having her as my horse.   Loving her also involved helping her heal the traumas she had experienced in her yo ...[Read More]

Inspiration for “One Being”

One-Being The creation of Skippy’s portrait was a wonderful lesson for me.  My client Pat, had a unique approach to what she wanted in her portrait of her horse Skippy. She felt that she didn’t need to have a photo-realistic portrait, but rather she wanted to capture the essence of Skippy and their relationship together. The challenge of how to depict this illusion became a journey in itself, and led ...[Read More]

Living Art Part 3 ~ Sentience in Horses – Horses viewing their own portraits

IMG_0839 In part 2 of “Sentience of Horses” I shared the story of how magical it is to show my art to horses, especially if it is their own portrait.  This series of photos was taken by my client Pat when I suggested that she show a print of her portrait to her horse Skippy.  She said : Dear Kim ~ I showed Skippy his portrait today.  At first he was wary – then drawn to it – then he really look ...[Read More]