Official Trail of Painted Ponies Artists

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FABIENNE LEYDECKER

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Little Blue Horse Gallery
www.folkartmaritime.com
Official Painted Ponies Artist Fabienne Leydecker

"Fab" loves horses! At a very young age, she remembers riding those wild horses "Pottocks" in the Basques Mountains of France. Her passion for horses inspired her to become a jockey. Later on, Fabienne decided to explore her creativity, and after experimenting with different mediums and styles, she always went back to her favorite subject...horses. Her recent works are inspired by her love of Folk Art. She loves bright colors and her funky "Little Blues," as she loves to refer to them as, are always happy, cheerful and full of energy!



ALI MACGRAW
Tesque, NM
Artist/Actress
To learn more about Ali MacGraw, Click Here.

Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Although she is best known as the actress who received a Best Actress Academy Award Nomination for her role in the movie Love Story, Ali's creative talents are many. She has written a bestselling memoir, been the interior designer for different restaurants, and produced a popular Yoga video. Well-known for her philanthropic work, and especially her advocacy for animal rights, Ali created the life-size "Karuna," which was one of the most popular Painted Ponies in the original public art project, as well as a beloved figurine.



LORNA MATSUDA
Onoway, Alberta, Canada
Giddy Up Portraits
www.giddyup-portraits.com
Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

"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



COURTNEY MOORE

Austin, TX
Moore Creations Art
twitter.com/Cmooreauthor
Facebook.com/moorecreationscourt

Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

"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




LORI MUSIL
Cerrillos, NM
Lori Musil Art & Antiques
www.facebook.com/lorimusilartandantiques

Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

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.




DAVE NEWMAN
Prescott, AZ
Dave Newman Art
davenewmanart.com

Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Dave Newman's collage work if heavily influenced by life's everyday objects – signs, buildings, music, advertisements and nostalgia. He searches everywhere for items he can work into his "collage construction," and even includes photos he's taken, silkscreened objects, metal, wood and acrylic paint. When Dave is not working on collage construction, he often paints fun and whimsical objects and spaces. He is a self-taught artist who also enjoys doing commissioned pieces for clients who want specific themes or personal items incorporated into art. Dave's artwork is currently showcased in his very own Newman Gallery in Prescott, AZ, and has also been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, a coffee table book, Fender Guitar Calendars, TV shows and movies.



DOLLY PARTON
Nashville, TN
Singer/Actress/Artist
dollyparton.com

Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

More than a legendary singer, Dolly is an icon and a brand unto herself. She holds multiple records: most No.1 hits for a female artist, most career top 10 country albums for a female artist. And she is a respected actress too. Dolly's life-size "Colt of Many Colors," inspired by her personal favorite country song, "Coat of Many Colors," is currently on display at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri (dixiestampede.com).



ROBERT RIVERA

Placitas, NM
Robert Rivera Fine Art
www.torresgallery.com
Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Of mixed heritage – Apache, Spanish and French – Robert Rivera is a pioneer in his chosen medium. His artistic ability to transform the gourd into an object of beauty, power and symbolism, and to come up with breathtaking creations that "capture the heart and color the imagination," has made him highly collectible as a fine art artist. His inspirations come largely from the arts of the Puebloan people, both historic and prehistoric, especially the Anasazi, Hohokum and Mimbres bird and animal designs.



VIRGINIA MARIA ROMERO

Las Cruces, NM
Artist and Poet
www.virginiamariaromero.com
Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Virginia Maria Romero is an award winning artist whose works reflect original contemporary designs inspired by the culture of New Mexico, her Polish/Irish heritage and her own experiences. She is one of a handful of "Anglos" to be counted among the santero artists of the American Southwest. Her works are featured in numerous national and international private and museum collections. "Romero has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own" says one source. "Virginia Maria Romero's art speaks a language unlike any other…it is a language of the heart, of the soul, of life..."



MARIA RYAN

Colorado Springs, CO
Maria Ryan Fine Art
www.mariaryanart.com
www.natureartists.com/maria_ryan.asp
Official Painted Ponies Artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor

Maria Ryan is an accomplished artist and designer whose electrically charged paintings of wildlife have been winning awards and pleasing collectors around the world for the past thirty years. For good reason, she was featured in the book: "Wildlife Art: 60 Contemporary Masters and their Work." Maria is unique in her willingness to travel extensively in search of fresh areas of experience that will inspire her work; and it shows in her innovative compositions, and stunningly original use of color. In her hands, traditional designs, symbols and costumes vibrate with special meaning… which accounts for why many of her paintings can be found in prestigious private and corporate collections around the world.

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