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The Immortal Horse

Amoretto As I prepared to add the finishing touches to the portrait of the horse I was painting, I paused a moment to reflect on the photograph his owner had sent me. She admitted that the photo didn’t really capture him and only gave me a fleeting description of his personality. She was very specific about wanting me to paint the portrait exactly like the photo, except that he had been tranquilized ...[Read More]

The Quest

"Natural Gift" pastel painting by Kim McElroy If someone asked us why we spend our lives with horses, we would say, “Because I must”. To love horses is to pursue a quest for an elusive form of love. The challenges and rewards are difficult to define to another person unless they share the same quest. Our experiences with horses can be equal parts elation, frustration, confusion, and redemption. Yet the pursuit is fulfilling, and gives us a se ...[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]

Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven

Darma at trainer's barn, 1997 Darma Part 3 – Finding a Still Haven – 1997 Read Darma Part 2 here Despite the moments of peace I had found with Darma, I still didn’t feel confident in leading her, or in knowing what to do when she was anxious.  I tried boarding her at a professional trainer’s. He insisted I needed to be assertive and show the horse that I meant what I asked. Despite his instruction to teach me ...[Read More]

Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path

Who are you? Darma and Kim at Boarding Stable, 1997 Darma Part 2 – The Chosen Path – 1997 Read Darma Part 1 here When one has experienced love at first sight, you would think that they would live happily ever after. What I didn’t realize is that spontaneous love means you have found a potential soul mate. It also means you have to get to know each other before that love can grow. When my new horse arrived at the boarding stable I ...[Read More]

A Horse Perspective

if-wishes-were-horses-blog When I was a child I longed to have a horse. I didn’t know why this unexplained desire awakened in me, I only knew that it was important. When I couldn’t have a real horse I started drawing them. Fortunately this led to my dream career as a horse artist. My painting, “If Wishes Were Horses” illustrates the fascination that many of us feel for horses. Having a horse is, in a sense, learning how to ...[Read More]