Courtship

Courtship

“Horses personify the sacred dance of connectedness”

~ Kim McElroy

This painting was inspired an experience I had while visiting Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary.  At RTF the horses live in natural herds.  As I watched, this stallion began courting a mare.  It was such an honor for them to feel comfortable enough with me present, to exhibit their natural behaviors, and such a rare and beautiful moment to witness their miraculous life in harmony far from the cruel roundups.  The pastel drawing is created on semi-transparent vellum representing their elusive spirits, overlaying handmade paper embedded with real ferns and flowers representing their wild nature.

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