The Process Unveiled

“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]

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]

Artistic Inspirations – Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth, pastel by Kim McElroy Due to the demand for my commissioned art portraits of horses, some people have had to patiently wait years for their turn on my waiting list. Yet it is always amazing to me how the timing of each portrait seems destined to be optimum for each person. A few years ago I met a lovely woman, Terri at the Equine Affaire in Ohio. Terri wrote me later that year with the sad news that her horse Manchy ha ...[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]

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]