Spring 2015 Painted Ponies


NEW Summer 2019 Painted Ponies

Dance of the Mustang” is a tribute to the famous pinto mustang named Picasso. Known for gorgeous coloring that could have come from a painter’s palette, Picasso lives in the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado, where he is the lead stallion in a free-roaming herd of wild horses.

Maybe it was just the wind, but it was the sight of a whirling dust devil that inspired the artist who created “Wind Whisperer” to imagine the earthly phenomenon of a wild horse running and rearing as it speeds across the plain.  

The Nez Perce Indian Tribe, who settled on reservation lands in Idaho, are credited for developing an original American breed known for its colorful mottled coat pattern. Meet “Appaloosa Pride.”

Any horse can be a Palomino as long as it has a golden coat with an ivory-colored mane and tail. The Palomino has long been a popular subject for artists, and with “Golden Girls" it is now featured as a fabulous Painted Pony.

Legend tells of a mysterious blue horse running free as the wind across the American prairie, his hooves leaving a windstorm in his wake, his name…”Legend of the Blue Horse.”



 

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Dance of the Mustang
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

“Dance of the Mustang” is The Trail of Painted Ponies tribute to the famous pinto mustang named Picasso. Known for gorgeous coloring that could have come from a painter’s palette, Picasso lives in the Sand Wash Basin in Northwest Colorado, where he is the lead stallion in a free-roaming herd of wild horses. Striking an iconic pose intended to attract an equally beautiful mare, and at the same time warn off potential competitors, Picasso stands as a living symbol of the history and pioneer spirit of the American West, and will be joined by a companion figurine in a future release. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this Pony will go to several non-profit organizations whose mission is to improve the range for wild horses in free roaming herds.

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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Wind Whisperer
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

There is no shortage of tales about dust devils - those spinning columns of wind and dust seen twisting crazily across the drylands of the American West that seem to be animated by shape-shifting spirits. Maybe it was just the wind, but it was the sight of one of those whirling dervishes of dust that inspired this artist to imagine the earthly phenomenon of a wild horse running and rearing as it speeds across the prairie.  

“Wind Whisperer” is the first in a new series of large artistically sculpted figurines.

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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Appaloosa Pride
by Julie Karnath

Artwork depicting prehistoric horses with leopard spotting exists on European cave walls. But in North America, the Nez Perce Indian Tribe, who settled on reservation lands in Idaho, are credited for developing the original American breed known for its colorful mottled coat pattern. Popular as a stock horse used in a number of western riding disciplines, its vivid markings have made it a proud presence in Western movies and parades, where it is frequently dressed in traditional Native garb and trappings.

As a young,“horse crazy”child, my favorite subject to draw was horses. In high school I expanded my subject matter and drew and painted various back drops and decorations for everything from high school plays and musicals to senior proms. This continued through college where I was recruited for a variety of projects.

When I do have time I paint everything from murals to wine glasses.  My largest project was painting murals on the inside of a restaurant. I also enjoy creating jewelry and sculpting. If there is a blank space on something it can be painted. The walls of my house are tempting!
Art is relaxing and therapeutic for me. I am thankful that God uses me as one of the conduits for his work.


Julie Karnath

 

 

 

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Golden Girls
by Lori Musil

Any horse can be a Palomino as long as it has a golden coat with an ivory-colored mane and tail. Recognized for its beauty by ancient royalty and kings and queens… the treasured mount of the Gods in Greek mythology and companion of the Conquistadores exploring the New World... prized by Indians of the Southwest and a star on the “Silver Screen”... the Palomino has long been a popular subject for artists, and with “Golden Girls" is now featured as a fabulous Painted Pony.

Lori grew up in Tucson, the daughter of a handyman and a kindergarten schoolteacher, but from the age of five she spent her summers with her great-aunt in Lincoln. There, to keep her occupied, she was given the job of touching up the antiques that needed to be repainted. For diversion, Lori would sometimes let her imagination take over and paint designs and scenes on old milk cans and coal scuttles. One day a customer purchased one and, according to Lori, "That gave me my start in the art world." To learn more about Lori Musil, Click Here.


Lori Musil

 

 

 

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Legend tells of a mysterious blue horse running free as the wind across the American prairie, his hooves leaving a windstorm in his wake, lightning flashing from his eyes, thunder from his hooves, clad in shadows that seem to wrap him like tattered sky-blue silks, stomping and snorting as he seeks out others of his kind.

"Art is the combination of inspiration and imagination. Once you find that thing that inspires you, it’s time for the imagination to take over, and run with it – my favorite part about being an artist! A feeling, a picture, a song lyric, inspiration is as limitless as the imagination. To create something out of sheer passion and imagination is a truly spiritual experience that can only be transcended by the moment you see someone moved by your art as much as you are."  - Kelly Kurtz 


Kelly Kurtz

 

 

 

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