How Paintings of Wild Horses Showed Me Their Soul
As an artist, my passion has been creating paintings of Wild Horses all my life. I am enamored by their wild beauty. When I watch Mustangs race in the wind on the plains with their manes and tails flying high, I cannot resist wanting to capture them on canvas.
Many people are captivated by these breathtakingly beautiful creatures. In fact, The Mustang is an American icon, symbolizing freedom, power, loyalty, beauty, and grace.
Art is About Original Expression
I am always seeking new ways to express myself. After over a half-century of painting wild horses, I am at the point where I want more than just the satisfaction of capturing their physical beauty on canvas. Learning about their life in the wild is exciting to me. It’s important to know how they suffer at the hands of those who no longer want them here. We must change that.
Understanding the soul of a wild horse helps me understand my soul.
When I put the soul of the Mustang on canvas, I wan it to be expressed in a new and original way. I hope people who see my wild horse paintings see their own souls emanating from the canvas.
Horses and History
The relationship between humans and horses goes back thousands of years. History is full of books about the bond between people and horses. Paintings of wild horses dates back hundreds of years.
Horses have been the power that built our nation. They have pulled wagons that delivered goods and mail. Our devoted equine friends have plowed the fields for farms, and turned the mills for grist. Until recently they were our main means of transportation.
Relationships between Horses and People
Horses are intelligent, intuitive, and sensitive beings. They respond to kindness. Once a relationship with a human is established, they are loyal and want to please us.
We have much to learn from horses. They calm and soothe us. When we are anxious they teach us how to control our fear. If we are lonely, they keep us company.
Horses let us know our anger will get us nowhere, so we learn patience. When we learn to communicate with a horse, we learn much about ourselves.
Famous horse trainers believe that to train a horse, one needs to listen to the horse. One must read the horse’s needs as they attempt to establish a bond and relationship. Ironically, this approach also “trains” the human as well. In the process, a person develops communication skills that are effective with other people. Training horses is a wonderful way to develop self-confidence and empathy, which makes us better people, which also benefits society.
Research and science have proven that therapy horses help disabled people heal. Autistic children, mentally disabled adults and children, and others have experienced great improvements due to equine therapy. Miraculous bonds form between these magnificent benevolent creatures and the humans they help and heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Paintings of Wild Horses
I love creating paintings of wild horses and capturing their souls on canvas. It is my hope that viewers have a special kind of experience with the soul of a mustang as they gaze upon my paintings.