The Process Unveiled

The Creation of Earth Dance

As we went along in the vision, I heard an eagle cry overhead, and I looked up, and spinning down towards me, floated a feather. It was a gift from the eagle. I suddenly knew and saw in my mind’s eye what to paint for Cutter. It was a medicine wheel.

The Creation of Lady’s Power

Lady and Jane Lady’s Power was inspired by a mare named Lady.  Due to some extreme health issues her owner Jane had to help her cross over at the young age of only 14.  In the meditation with Lady I felt that her spirit was still strongly connected to Jane, and that they had ties to a form of knowledge that Jane was meant to continue to explore.  I felt that Lady was so close to Jane as to b ...[Read More]

“Hold the Sky”

She wasn't interested as much in a likeness, or to commemorate Fine Time's success as a cutting horse, but rather to create a work of art that could portray the elusive and magical moment Eleanor had experienced while being with Fine Time in her pasture. She described a feeling of oneness she had felt with Fine Time and with nature, and how in that moment time itself seemed to stand still, and her ...[Read More]

The Creation of “Somewhere Within”

“Somewhere within There is a place Where you and I meet Heart to heart Soul to soul Mind to mind Those elusive moments Can pass by in a flash And last an eternity” ~ Kim McElroy Meeting Stas… Pat contacted me in 2016 about her interest in having me create a portrait of her Iberian Warmblood gelding, Stas. She said she had first seen my artwork in 2000 when she came across a collection of my note c ...[Read More]

“Integrity” – A Portrait of Vixen

A beautiful chestnut mare stands boldly in the foreground before a cliff from which descends a waterfall lit by the setting sun. Called Horsetail Falls, this phenomenon happens only two weeks out of the year in Yosemite National Park I have always found the essence of horses to be reflected by the beauty of Nature… She is quiet, clear, intention She can be calm, yet fiery She can be graceful and explosive In her delicacy, she is strong In her complexity, she is honest She connects on her own terms My wish is to be worthy of her ~ Kim McElroy When I was commissioned by Suzanne to paint her horse Vixen – a rescued elder ma ...[Read More]

The Quest for Healing

Nicole asked me to create a Soul essence painting for her horse Okie who worked with her in her equine assisted learning work with people. Since she had rescued him he had struggled with digestive health issues and colic. Her quest to help him heal was a big part of her life with him.  Little did we know that his message would be leading us to Shangri La. I entered into a shamanic journey with Oki ...[Read More]

Dreams and Night Mares

“…the mares galloped across the white mist that lay like fresh snow, up and into the sky. Their hoof prints and their echoing whinnies blazed a pathway to the stars” ~ Dawn Van Zant Sometimes Night Mares can be Beneficial In November 1997 the owner of a Canadian company called Wild Heart Ranch contacted me. Dawn Van Zant asked me if I was interested in doing a project illustratin ...[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]

The Inspiration of Promise

In the miracle of birthHe unfolded from the mareCompact as a wet butterfly emerging from its cocoon.His first instinctive thought – to stand! ~ Kim McElroy Witnessing the Birth of a Foal At 11 pm one night in the Spring of 1988, my friend Saradel called. I had been expecting her call, and now she was breathless on the phone as she said quickly, “If you want to watch, she just laid down. You ...[Read More]

Artistic Inspirations – The Creation of Navarre

Navarre - Curves While attending the 2000 Western Idaho Horse Fair in Boise, I met a beautiful woman in her sixties who approached my art display booth. With an air of self-assurance, she introduced herself as Kathryn, and asked what I charged for commissioned portraits. She went on to explain that her daughter, Tracey, was a partner in owning an Andalusian stallion named Navarre. They were exhibiting him at the s ...[Read More]