Another beautiful site is watching horses crossing water as I have shown in my painting called Water Crossing. I believe that Wild horses, and the habitat in which they live, represent more than beautiful creatures roaming beautiful lands, they represent the core of our history not only here in America, but around the globe. And as we move forward into the future, acknowledging the truth of these creatures, and honoring their legacy, can reveal to us not only their beauty but our own.
My wife and I have spent over 40 years raising and training horses. So in my current series, I portray the wild horses of Missouri to bring attention to their beauty and the plight of these magnificent horses. There are property owners who are concerned about the destruction of their property when these horses run through their land. Even though horses are mostly for recreational purposes this day and age, they represent our past. The wild horses of Missouri are a legacy of their ancestors who worked hard to build this country. I can show more of a lush landscape and the beauty of the horses.
I created this work to draw attention to the wild horses and their plight of being taken to slaughter. Starting with the great depression farmers who could not afford to keep their horses anymore turned them free to run the countryside. This practice continues and is responsible for creating four herds of over 50 horses running the Missouri countryside. It’s a wonderful sight to see wild horses running free in Middle America, and this is something that our grandchildren must see and appreciate. We should think of the beauty rather than being remembered as a horrific act by taking them to slaughter.
I love showing the horses paired together, especially a mare with her foal. I did a painting in my series called Family Dinner because it shows the same thing we have in the human quality of loving our children. I also enjoy painting horses in different seasons because there’s nothing more beautiful than a horse standing in a winter wonderland.