“Heartfelt” by Kim McElroy Prints and Posters available at www.spiritofhorse.com

My heart is as ancient as the sea
To ride the waves you must follow me
I patiently wait for you to feel
The depths of wisdom which I reveal

In mind and body, heart and soul
We are gifted with life and thus a role
In the unfolding quest of love and light
Be still and trust your own insight

~ Kim McElroy

This painting was commissioned by Joy Collier for the cover of a book she was writing titled “Heartfelt”.  When she saw my work she felt that I was the one who could make her vision come to life.  She asked me to create a painting of a horse’s eye with a heart symbol somewhere in the composition.  While contemplating her project, I ran across a picture of this beautiful friesian gelding I had photographed named Wouter, and I knew it wasn’t just a coincidence, that he was the one to model her vision of the heart of the horse. 

When I shared the completed painting with a friend, I asked her if she saw the heart.  She looked again, blinked, then said “oh yes, but actually I see two hearts.  One is his forelock, and the other is around his eye.”  I realized Wouter had hearts woven within his image all along.

Joy’s Comments on the painting “Heartfelt”:

 A falcon flew through chasing a songbird the day that I went to pick up my commissioned piece from Kim McElroy. The falcon was chasing something he desired to have. Here I was chasing my dream of writing a book and looking for the right cover picture to attract readers and of course buyers.

I hoped that the falcon was unsuccessful in his quest but I felt very successful in finding the right artist to capture the perfect image to complement my work. I had met Kim a year before, by fate or chance if you will, at the Mane Event symposium in Cloverdale, British Columbia. I was drawn to her by her work and by her demeanour. After a brief discussion of what I was planning to write about and my interest in a work of art for the book cover, we decided to e-mail each other and come up with a plan. I found her easy to talk with and open to my thoughts. I also gave her artistic license to help me with my design.

The finished work was outstanding and everything that I could have dreamed of. Kim captured the essence of “Heartfelt” in the horse that she chose to use, the colours of the pastels and the brilliance of her work.

When I first saw “Heartfelt,” I saw such a quiet expectation in the eye or this creature. The expectation that a horse has when someone he trusts and cares for is coming into his world. When I saw the piece, framed and ready for me to take home, there was a strength of knowing, exuding from his face and neck.

Thank-you Kim for putting your heart and talent into this piece and making this experience one that I will always remember.

Joy Collier
Heartfelt Publications



  1. Hi! Love the update on the “Heartfelt” Painting. Now i’m getting excited about the book. What a great idea she had to write about this. I’ll be looking forward to reading it and seeing your beautiful work on the cover. Hugs, Virginia

  2. Hi Virginia – Glad you enjoyed the Heartfelt painting and book info – can you let me know by email if you get a notice of this blog reply so I can make sure people receive it.?
    Thanks! Kim

  3. Kim,
    I knew Tijs…he was magnificent and you have captured his spirit and essence in your artwork….thank you!!

  4. If the stories come anywhere close to transmitting the feeling behind the painting, it should be very successful. A guess, in the light of recent events in your life, the painting is more powerful than ever, Kim.

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