"RIDING A HORSE IS NOT A GENTLE HOBBY TO BE PICKED UP AND LAID DOWN LIKE A GAME OF SOLITAIRE. IT IS A GRAND PASSION. IT SEIZES A PERSON WHOLE AND, ONCE IT HAS DONE SO, HE WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT HIS LIFE WILL BE RADICALLY CHANGED." RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Being in the presence of horses, to me, is just as powerful as riding, oftentimes, even more so. My love affair with horses began at age 3, and has been, as Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently says, a “grand passion”. Painting horses became the passion that arose out of being so incredibly inspired by the horse. Their spirit, their soul, their grace and forgiveness, their ability to teach us how to be present and be still is one of the most incredible gifts to the human race.
Horses inspire me beyond words; they bring color to my world. Through my eyes, I see them in color. Colors have energy, frequency, vibrations, and it’s no different than all things, as all things are made of energy. Some horses, like my Sam, I find I can only paint in shades of red. He is one of the most calm, independent (i.e. not “herd” bound), and quiet horses I’ve ever known, the embodiment of unconditional love, and I often refer to him as my “Zen” horse, but sometimes, when he’s feeling frisky, he is full of the most beautiful “fire”, prancing as if he floats above the ground, head high and arched, graceful, tail up in the air, fanned out in all it’s glory. He is exquisite in his beauty and I am awestruck every time he moves this way. He is a sight to behold. Sam is also an 1800lb 18hh Percheron Draft Horse. (In layman terms, he’s REALLY big….)
Inspiration for me also comes from a lifelong interest in interior design, fashion, architecture, landscape design, and all things in nature that are untouched and pure, the colors in a sunset, in a cloud, reflections upon water, the changing colors in the leaves and the grasses, the sky before a storm. There is so much beauty to behold in nature, and when it comes to horses and animals, I can’t imagine anything more beautiful, spiritual, and inspirational.