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NEW Fall 2019 Painted Ponies

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Desperado
by Kelly Kurtz

As symbolic of the cowboy culture as the horse, is a finely tooled leather saddle, ornately carved and embellished by a master craftsman with designs that range from basket weaves and sprawling vines, to oak and acorn patterns, to southwestern scenes. All stitched together with delicate precision, and so carefully laid out your eye moves over them connecting each piece into a unified work of art. "Desperado" invites you to mount up and join the adventure, riding with the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody and the Lone Ranger.

"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 


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Woodland Brave
by Courtney Moore

Whether in search of wild game or a new adventure, man and horse have always been destined to at some point find themselves in the mountains. With this in mind, the artist created a design that incorporated some of the natural elements they would encounter. The blanket under the saddle is shaped like a cloud. Wind symbols have been added to the legs and arrow bag. The horse stands on a base with the look of a mountain trail that has brought them close to the sky above their heads....

"My family is my greatest inspiration for everything I do. From a very young age, I was always involved in art. I started off with coloring books, and then progressed into pencil drawings. I learned shading techniques by looking at a simple arrangement of flowers in a vase. At the age of 10, I entered a coloring contest of a Macaw for a local newspaper and won first place. As I got older I expanded my skills with other mediums and styles. Exploring different types of paints, pastels, and even sculpture. Some of my favorite subjects include science, automotive, and animals. Animals in general play a big role in my life, both in art and personal. I actually own a mini-zoo of exotic reptiles, birds, and saltwater aquariums. Being an artist for The Trail of Painted Ponies is a great accomplishment for me because I have always dreamed of having a piece of my art work out there in the world for others to enjoy." - Courtney Moore


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NEW Summer 2019 Painted Ponies

 

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 


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NEW Winter 2019 Painted Ponies

 

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Buttercup
by Bryn Wilkins Lawson

A buttercup is a yellow cup-shaped flower that calls to mind sunny fields of golden wildflowers blooming in the springtime. Although not always the friendly little flower their name suggests - their petals are considered poisonous to wildlife - buttercups are quite pretty, often used as a term of endearment like "Honey" and "Sweetie," and sometimes the name given to a horse that someone is sweet on.

Bryn Wilkins Lawson is the former Vice President/Creative Director for The Trail of Painted Ponies. With a life-long love for art, she studied a multitude of classic and digital art mediums, from animation and graphic design to videography and photography, while receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia. Bryn continues her passion for art, business and creative thinking through graphic design, product design, product development and publishing with The Trail of Painted Ponies and other up-coming brands. Originally from Grangeville, ID and Payson, AZ, she currently resides in Queen Creek, AZ with her husband, young children and animals.


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Native Paint
by Laurie Cook

In the past, Native Americans did not communicate through writing as we know it. Instead they told stories through pictures and symbols drawn on rocks, hides, and other surfaces with natural pigments that were mixed to produce a palette of yellow, white, red, green, black and blue. Some of these "picture writings" recorded important events of a tribe, and some had meaning only to the individual who made them. The meaning of others is no longer known, but respected for belonging to those-who-came-before.

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist."

Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety of companies, designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leaning Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro.On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden.


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Turquoise Princess
by Lorna Matsuda

Tales of old say that a long time ago Native Americans noticed gray rocks with clear blue lines running through them and interpreted the imagery as elements of sky and water locked in stone. From that time on, turquoise was cherished for its beauty and as a source of positive healing energy and good fortune for those who possessed it. Adorned with turquoise feathers and adornments, Turquoise Princess brings health and happiness to whomever she touches.

Lorna Matsuda has spent her life devoted to her love of art and all animals, though horses are her passion. Combining her love of art and horses, Lorna creates memories and meaning in her paintings and other artistic creations. She enjoys painting realistic art to share with others, and feels very blessed to have been given this special gift.


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