Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Top 20 Finalist

The Trail of Painted Ponies, in conjunction with The American Paint Horse Association, is having a design contest. All the designs were judged by The Trail and the Top 20 were chosen by the APHA. My design, Paint Me A Masterpiece, was selected!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maps and Legends

I can't take full credit for this Pony, my husband came up with the idea of sea monsters and a compass rose like you would see on an antique map. 
Since I love history and mythical creatures, I ran with it ! 

This is my own take on those mythical monsters that cartographers and sailors would dream about hundreds of years ago. The pony is painted to resemble old parchment paper. The compass on the base is drawn in metallic gold paint. Numerous beasts are handpainted on the sides from a giant octopus surging up out of the water to garb the Pony's head to a sea dragon, sea horse, Loch Ness-type creature and a narwhal-esque monster. I think this pony appeals to the explorer in all of us.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Antiquity - any period before the Middle Ages, but still within the period of human history or prehistoty.

My newest Painted Pony for 2012 is inspired by an ancient Etruscan horse sculpture.
The Etruscan people lived around present day Tuscany, Italy. The horse held a special place in their culture and warriors were often buried with these small figures. 
I love researching equine art and history and this image stirred something deep inside me. 

"Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it." 
 ~John Moore