Personal Journeys

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]

Freefall ~ Releasing Fear

Freefall When I first began to write the story about the creation of Freefall. I hesitated for the reasons you will read. However as usually happens when I pose a question to the Universe, the answer of “can I” was answered with a “yes” in the form of a sudden contact by a friend. I received a package from a friend named Colleen Clement, whom I had not heard from in several years. I had met Colleen at my e ...[Read More]

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]