Personal Journeys

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]

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]

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]

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]