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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]

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]

Being in the Moment

“Shadow Dancer” 19” x 25” Pastel We are always seeking to capture the elusive element of time. When we experience something wonderful, we usually want to take a photograph, hoping to freeze the moment in order to relive it again. Yet by the very act of trying to capture an experience, we often make it more elusive. For the moments themselves will never exist again. And the process of trying to capture them may distract us from ac ...[Read More]