Keep your heart open ~ “Everlasting Shades of Amber”

Everlasting Shades of Amber


I challenge you to keep your heart open
And know that love is eternal
Release your fear and gallop with me into the unknown

Life is unpredictable
So keep moving forward
Dance with your inner tiger in fierce and joyful play

The riches of your life are in
The gift of each new day
And the treasure of love in your heart

~ Kim McElroy

Shades left the earth to soon.  His owners knew of my art and felt compelled to contact me to ask me to paint his beautiful spirit. To prepare for a portrait I meditate with the horse’s spirit before composing a portrait, and during this experience I witnessed a vision of Shades emerging from a pool of water, accompanied by a playful tiger. They romped and rolled, in complete joy, and the experience was so lovely I had to share it.  His owners felt comforted by the idea of his spirit in such joy, and agreed that they would love for me to include the tiger in his portrait. I found a perfect image of a tiger running in water, which complimented Shades striking coloring. When I unveiled the portrait his owners were struck by the additional impact of the composition I had chosen to create. Unbeknownst to me, the main feature of their property is a beautiful pond, which had strikingly similar features to the water I chose to paint, including the color of the water, and the grass going to the water’s edge.   They told me also that Shades was unusually attracted to the water, so much so that when ridden in the shallows he was inclined to want to roll. The vision and portrait gave them the feeling that he was communicating his memories and the message that his heart was happy.   These amazing experiences always fill me with awe and joy, and remind me once again that we are all One.



  1. I love this one Kim! Gorgeous and such a feeling of personal power- the kind you can delight in, the kind horse is such a beautiful example and reminder of!

  2. Gorgeous! The colors are beautiful and the horse’s expression is so life-like.

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