A Very Special Thank You to everyone who submitted designs. And the winners are...
FIRST PLACE Santa's Helper by Lorna Matsuda
$250 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
Santa has so very many deliveries to make Christmas Eve it is a hidden secret that he has Little
Helpers that also lend a hoof to help him. This is one of Santa's Little Helpers that no one ever sees, but they are such a big help to Santa. All decked out in his beautiful furry red suit he gallops across the sky and brings Christmas joy to little boys and girls.
"Being a realist artist I strive to capture the true spirit and character of each subject I paint. The eyes are a very important factor when I do a painting. I work in many different mediums such as feathers, rock, leather, bone, as well as traditional canvas and acrylic based mediums, along with my beloved Painted Ponies.
I also do commissioned work for clients. My art has been a life long journey and will be with me as long as I am able to paint, it inspires me and takes me to a place of peace and tranquility in the many hours I spend painting."
SECOND PLACE Vintage Christmas by Susan Sizemore
$100 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
This design was inspired by my love of vintage colors, the glow of the Christmases I remember as a child, and the ornaments that were on our family tree that were passed down from generations. The sparkle and glow on those vintage ornaments always seem to make Christmas more special. The other side of the pony, with the horseshoe and the holly, candy cane, and ribbon, just round out the softness with a slight Victorian feel that brings the Pony more into the Christmas spirit.
"I have been doing some form of drawing, painting or crafts since I was very little. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, up near Mt. St. Helens, gave me perfect opportunity to draw lots of the wildlife I grew up around. After my first son was born 26 years ago, I started teaching art classes for children and adults in pastels and watercolors.
Then I moved on to learning scrimshaw and selling my scrimshaw on bone and fossilized ivory at trade shows and sportsman shows.That grew into designing teeshirts from scratchboard drawings and opening up several inline shops selling them, and also hand made mohair teddy bears. I had my next child 18 years ago, and after some changes in my life, decided to do more painting, and have been designing and creating one of a kind oil painted cloth dolls, painted and engraved gourds, also needle felting. I seem to always find something new I want to try. I am self taught, grew up with a family that was very creative, and so it is now how I live my life, I create every day if I can, and LOVE it! I spend my days taking care of my 3 sweet little cats, a lab named Bucky and my daughter Amy."
THIRD PLACE Happy Holly Days by Ann Yarbrough
$50 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
My inspiration comes from the spirit of the Christmas season. The traditional colors of red, green and gold, inspired this Pony design.
Ann Yarbrough's artistic inspiration comes from her Granddad, husband, son, family and friends. She has painted 21 murals in her hometown of Cedartown, GA, designed the book cover for her county's heritage book, worked and painted on movie sets, and been part of a 3 month long exhibition of Painted Ponies called Painted Dreams. She says "being part of The Trail has been a wonderful ride and a joy to be a part of."