Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

 

NEW Fall 2018 Painted Ponies

One of the ways the Fall 2018 Release is so special is that it features the introduction of the new Collaboration Collection. For the first time, The Trail of Painted Ponies invited two of our best artists to creatively re-interpret two of our bestselling figurines: “War Pony,” now titled “War Magic” - a Native Pony that is our all-time best seller, and “Silver Lining,” now titled “Tempest” - a stunning version of the mythological Pegasus, which was retired at the peak of its popularity. These designs not only pay tribute to the artistic creativity that has made The Trail of Painted Ponies an enduringly popular brand for fifteen years, they will give new collectors the opportunity to enjoy some of the most popular Painted Pony figurines of the past.

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Original "Silver Lining" figurine, Winter 2006
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Tempest
by Star Liana York

Artistic collaboration is a hallmark of The Trail of Painted Ponies, and “Tempest” is a collaboration of a different kind. Santa Fe sculptor Star Liana York created the spectacular Painted Pony titled “Silver Lining,” which was her representation of the mythological horse Pegasus soaring towards the heavens on a mighty set of wings. With “Tempest” she has re-interpreted her original concept to depict Pegasus searching through dark and churning storm clouds in search of the elusive silver lining of blue skies, thereby giving her original Pony an entirely new feel and meaning.

Star Liana York is one of those artists who has not allowed success to breed complacency. Long recognized as one of the premiere figurative Western and wildlife sculptors in the country, she has won numerous Best of Show Awards, and has been featured on numerous magazine covers. On its 30th anniversary, Southwest Art selected her as one of the most influential artists profiled in their magazine over the previous three decades.

Although her reputation was built on detailed and convincing bronze representations of the American West - from Native American men and women, to cowboys and critters - there has also been an independent streak to her subject matter. A few years back, her one-person show at a Santa Fe gallery was titled "Departures," and not one of the sculptures exhibited resembled work she had done before. Most recently another gallery show revealed her fascination with effigies, fetishes and ceremonial vessels. Is it any wonder that Star is the sculptor commissioned to create the original horse forms for The Trail of Painted Ponies?

To learn more about Star, Click Here.


Star Liana York

 



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Original "War Pony" figurine, Winter 2003


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War Magic
by Rance Hood & Kathleen Moody

Artistic collaboration is a hallmark of The Trail of Painted Ponies, and “War Magic” is the first Painted Pony in a new series called the Collaboration Collection. Through color changes and enhancements, and the addition of new religious symbols that add spiritual power to battle decorations, Master Artist Kathleen Moody has transformed “War Pony,” a tribute to the legendary fighting spirit of the Comanche Indians and The Trail’s all-time bestselling figurine, into a unique and entirely original design.

From artist Rance Hood - " I'm a Comanche Indian from Lawton, Oklahoma. My grandmother and grandfather were full-blooded Comanche. When I was little, we didn't have electricity, no TV, just a lot of horses. My brother and I, if we weren't riding horses we were trying to ride something meaner, like bulls. I love horses. Love the smell of them. Know every damn bone in them. I was on the rodeo circuit for awhile.

When I was little I would sketch in the sand. We were poor. Didn't have no paper or pencil. We'd see army trucks going by and I'd sketch army trucks. My grandmother said you shouldn't do that, you should paint teepees, and she sketched a teepee on the ground for me. So I started doing that. Soon I had huge murals of Indian camps painted on the ground." To learm more about Rance Hood, Click Here.


Rance Hood

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises, and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses. Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies, including many in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


Kathleen Moody
 

 



Summer 2018 Painted Ponies

In honor of The Trail's fifteenth year as America's premier horse collectible, we are proud to announce the launch of a gorgeous and particularly diverse group of Painted Pony figurines. We invite you to celebrate and enjoy these tributes to the inspirational power of the horse with us.

What happens when a beloved pet dies? It's said that they wait for us at Rainbow Bridge, until the day we meet again, and we can cross that special bridge together, never to be parted again. Meet the "Crossing Rainbow Bridge" figurine.

The "Eye Dazzler" style rug weavings not only offered Navajo artisans the chance to express their individual artistry, freedom and ceremonial musings, they also influenced others who drew inspiration from these rich and colorful designs, and incorporated the aesthetic into other mediums, such as "The Eye Dazzler" Painted Pony.

You're walking at the edge of a wooded forest early one springtime morning and you look up and, like magic, there stands a Unicorn mother with her adorable foal. Are you dreaming? Or perhaps you just saw "Joyful Serenade."

According to legend, "Eagle Spirit" was a horse born deep in a hidden forest under the watchful eye of an all-powerful eagle endowed with magical powers. To bond them in spirit, the eagle added golden colors from his feathers to the colt's black coat.


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Crossing Rainbow Bridge
by Janee Hughes

What happens when a beloved pet dies? It’s said there is a special bridge of many colors connecting Heaven and Earth where there are meadows and hills with lush green grass, and the spirits of our deceased furry friends - dogs, cats and horses - run and play together… until the day comes when we are joyfully reunited with them. Then we cross over Rainbow Bridge together, never to be parted again.

After graduating from Willamette University with a BA in art, Janee taught in Junior High School for thirty years. When she retired in 1997, she began a fine art career, painting and writing, winning awards and building a reputation. Her paintings are usually realistic and involve animals, and she works in pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her artwork has graced the covers of numerous magazines, she has illustrated three children's books, and her cartoons have been published in newspapers. She was the lead painter on the Salem Riverfront Carousel, an authentic, hand-carved and painted carousel, and in her spare time can be found hiking with her dogs and husband.


Janee Hughes

 



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The Eye Dazzler
by Sarah C. Geis

Before the turn of the 19th century, the Navajo switched from making traditional Native American blankets to weaving brilliantly colored tapestries with hand-spun wool that featured fantastic geometric shapes and bold color palettes never before seen. This groundbreaking shift gave birth to what is now known as the Eye Dazzler rug. These weavings not only offered Navajo artisans the chance to express their individual artistry, freedom and ceremonial musings, they also influenced others who drew inspiration from these rich and colorful designs, and incorporated the aesthetic into other mediums, such as Painted Ponies.

"I am a largely self-taught artist, and have always been transfixed by the intersections of color, texture, and shape. Art is also a way I can take commonly overlooked elements in the world or in nature and highlight the inherent beauty within them. My full-time job is a philosophy professor, but before that I spent years training (and cleaning up after) horses. I currently own, train, and --when conditions are right-- show my own horses in reined cowhorse and ranch events. These horses, along with the western lifestyle and people I know and love, provide daily inspiration for the artistic side of me." - Sarah C. Geis


Sarah C. Geis

 



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Joyful Serenade
Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

You're walking at the edge of a wooded forest early one springtime morning and you look up and, like magic, there stands a Unicorn mother with her adorable foal, their horns and manes and tails glistening in the dawn’s early light. Are you dreaming? You’ve heard that Unicorns tend to be extremely shy and generally avoid human contact, but you’ve also heard that when petted they prefer a woman’s touch. So you reach out and the foal startles, but then the mare nudges her baby with her nose to let her know it’s okay, you’re a friend, and together the two of you make music and a memory that will never be forgotten….

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises, and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses. Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies, including many in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


Kathleen Moody

 



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Eagle Spirit
by Lorna Matsuda

According to legend, Eagle Spirit was a horse born deep in a hidden forest under the watchful eye of an all-powerful eagle endowed with magical powers. To bond them in spirit, the eagle added golden colors from his feathers to the colt’s black coat. And as time passed and Eagle Spirit grew into a magnificent stallion, with each act of bravery, courage, devotion and wisdom, an eagle feather would float down from the sky above, and attach itself to Eagle Spirit’s flowing mane and tail.

"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." - Lorna Matsuda


Lorna Matsuda

 


 

Spring 2018 Painted Pony ~ Commemorating Fifteen Years As America's Premier Horse Collectible

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Fire and Ice
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

To mark the occasion of fifteen years of creative excellence, The Trail of Painted Ponies has created this very special, commemorative figurine. Titled "Fire and Ice," and cast in clear resin, it depicts a fiery stallion rearing and twisting like a flame from blue ice crystals in a striking representation of the creative process behind each Painted Pony, where the horse serves as inspiration for a wholly original artistic vision.

Each "Fire and Ice" is carefully hand-painted, and there will be variation in color and color saturation compared to images shown online and on packaging.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises, and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses. Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies, including many in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


Kathleen Moody





Winter 2018 Painted Ponies

For the first time ever, a Painted Ponies figurine with light up flowers on the base! Meet “Unicorn Magic,” a truly magical piece.

In legend, horses were believed to have been sired by the Wind Gods, and their wild energy would pull storms like chariots across land and sea. Here comes “Stormy.”

Meet “Rope My Heart.” Horses have the ability to add romance to experiences that couples can share together. They rope our hearts….

Loved for their strength, beauty, nobility, and speed, horses are also considered by some cultures as symbols of extreme good luck, much like “Spirit Horse.”

If you are interested in having your Winter 2018 figurines signed by the artist, please email: info@paintedponies.com




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Unicorn Magic
by Audrey Dixon

The flowers on the base light up! Unicorns have a reputation for roaming forests and fields, untouched and untamed, always elusive, careful to stay unseen by the human eye, except for special moments when like magic they appear at the edge of a clearing, their silver coat radiant, their golden horn glistening in the sunlight, their long mane and tail whipping in the wind, to enchant anyone lucky enough to see them.

I have been customizing model horses since 2011. I mainly do paintwork, but do resculpt work on occasion. I also have painted for Stone Horses in Shipshewana, Indiana as well.

In 2016, one of my customs was chosen as a finalist in the Breyerfest Best Customs contest. He was Top 6 out of over 500 entries in his category. Many of my customs are North American Nationals qualified, and many of my recent customs have been Live Show Champions as well as class winners.

Please visit: audreyswildhorsestudios.weebly.com


Audrey Dixon





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Stormy
by David L Archie

Outside most of the time, horses don’t mind a little wind and rain. In fact, they are known to often kick up their heels in the presence of violent weather. In legend, horses were even believed to have been sired by the Wind Gods, and their wild energy would pull storms like chariots across land and sea.

I am an untrained artist except for high school. For 5 years I worked in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Police Trainer, then injured my back and returned home. Art is a hobby for me. I have drawn since I was very young. I also paint with watercolor and acrylic. I have submitted work in the past and have always hoped to join the ranks as an Official Painted Ponies Artist.


David L Archie


 



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Rope My Heart
by Lorna Matsuda

Whether it’s galloping along a beautiful beach at sunset, cantering through meadows of sunflowers, or being pulled by a horse-drawn sleigh through winter snow, horses have the ability to add romance to experiences that couples can share together. They have a way of making magic happen. They rope our hearts….

"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." - Lorna Matsuda


Lorna Matsuda

 

 


 

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Spirit Horse
by Lynn Bean

Much loved for their strength, beauty, nobility, and speed, horses are also considered by some cultures as symbols of extreme good luck. This is why amulets fashioned in their likeness are believed to capture their aura of independence, and can instill in their wearers a feeling of inner confidence, while offering a kind of spirited guardianship….

A graduate of the Illustration Department of the Kendal School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lynn began her career in retail fashion illustration, but is known today for her beautifully detailed and expressive paintings of birds, wildlife, horses, and Native Americans. Early in her career she specialized in watercolors, but her more recent work creatively incorporates hand-tooled copper, feathers, leather, horsehair and beadwork to produce interesting three-dimensional effects. When she is not exhibiting in juried shows around western North America, Lynn maintains a summer gallery in Sumpter, Oregon, where she sells prints, apparel, and beautifully crafted jewelry based on her unique designs.


Lynn Bean