Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

 

NEW Holiday 2018 Ornaments - Limited Editions of 5,000

Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Back in stock early January 2019



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Winter Beauty Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

2.375" Tall

It was a stormy winter night when this special little pony was born. As he looked with wonder at the snowflakes blowing in the open doorway and landing on his nose, each one as unique as the little white spots adorning his coat, his name was given to him: Snowflake. Limited Edition of 5,000.

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




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
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White Christmas Ornament
by Ann Yarbrough

2.375" Tall

Every year someone somewhere dreams of a white Christmas where treetops glisten and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow…. May your days be merry and bright, and all your Christmases be white. Limited Edition of 5,000.

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."

 


Ann Yarbrough




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
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Santa's Workshop Ornament
by Laurie Cook

2.375" Tall

From the artist: During my growing up years, I envisioned Santa’s workshop as a brightly-lit place, warmed by a roaring fireplace, smelling of peppermint and filled to overflowing with toys, toys, toys. All of the hammers and paint-cans were elf-sized, the sound of miniature saws kept beat to the happy bustling that went on around the clock, and in the middle of the room, larger than any other toy, was a proud prancing rocking horse. Limited Edition of 5,000.

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,"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, Leanin' 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. Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety companies.


Laurie Cook




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
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Candy Coated Treat Ornament
by Steve Riecks

2.375" Tall

Far away in a cottage near the North Pole, a grandfather elf puts the finishing touches on a candy coated treat that a child will dream of on the night before Christmas. Limited Edition of 5,000.

Steve Riecks is an award winning graphic artist, graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist with over 29 years of experience specializing in corporate identity and promotional print material. He lives and works in Parker, Colorado. Steve studied graphic design and fine art at Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983. While attending CSU, Steve was able to study art history at the Palais Kinsky in Vienna, Austria for two months during the summer of 1981. He was able to travel Europe and see some of the best museums in the world, such as the Louvre, Prado, Picasso, Van Gogh, Rikjs, and the Sistine Chapel. After college, Steve went to work for an ad agency in Denver, Colorado for two years. He then ventured out on his own in 1986 and became a successful freelance graphic artist and illustrator. His clients have ranged from small non-profit to large Fortune 500 companies. Print projects have varied in size from business cards to large scale trade show booth graphics. He also specializes in book cover design, newsletters, and annual reports.


Steve Riecks






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Nutcracker Sweet Ornament
by Julie Karnath

Available exclusively through a Dillard's store near you. In stock now! Visit the Dillard's store locator by Clicking Here. Nutcracker Sweet is not available through Dillard's online, only at Dillard's stores. You can also order by calling the Dillard's store closest to you.

Over the years there have been many imaginative interpretations of the Nutcracker, which tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite toy, a funny-looking nutcracker carved to look like a soldier, who whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. Adding something new and unique to the holidays this year is a fancy sweet-toothed Painted Pony nutcracker who is dressed in gold braid and tassels, with frosting on his hat, a candy cane in his mouth and a bucket of candy beneath him, dancing in merriment as he performs his own version of this classic Christmas story.

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.

Because I work full time to support my horse habit I don’t have as much time to create art as I would like. 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 that served Mexican-style food. I even painted scenes in the restrooms! 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





Commemorating Fifteen Years As America's Premier Horse Collectible... Introducing Fire and Ice.


Fire and Ice
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Fire and Ice Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody
3.5" Tall
Clear Painted Resin

To mark the occasion of fifteen years of creative excellence, The Trail of Painted Ponies has created this very special, commemorative ornament. 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 in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


Kathleen Moody





Winter 2017 Ornaments


Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
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Unicorn Magic Ornament
by Audrey Dixon

3.75" Tall

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 ozver 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





American Beauty Ornament
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Night Flight Ornament
by Melodi King

2.75" Tall

"Night Flight" is made of exquisite tinted translucent resin. Gazing up on clear cold nights at stars and constellations shining brightly and beautifully is the most inspiring time of day for this artist. It is a time when she feels she is no longer bound by the restraints of earth, ideas appear out of the blue, her dreams can take flight, and as though carried on the back of a mythical winged creature, she is transported to lands where amazing adventures await.

Melodi King's interest in drawing started with How-to books she received as a child. From there she turned her focus to drawing her favorite animals: horses. Drawing these beautiful creatures was the key reason that she continued drawing throughout her childhood.

Melodi wasn't very serious about her artistic abilities until she went to college and chose to pursue a degree in Graphic Design. Currently, she is working at her local newspaper as one of the Graphic Artists.



Melodi King