A Very Special Thank You to everyone who submitted designs! And the winners are...
FIRST PLACE Boo! Pony by Lori Musil
$250 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
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.
SECOND PLACE Autumn Howl by Courtney Moore
$100 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
The title for the pony is "Autumn Howl." Its inspired by the beautiful scenery of Fall. I love the color-changing leaves and the coolness in the temperatures that it brings!
"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, then progressed into pencil drawings. Learning 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". - Courtney Moore
THIRD PLACE Aristobat by Kate Gleason
$50 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store
I wanted to do something spooky with bats and what better way than a vampire horse?
"I work local art shows and I also sell on etsy. My specialty is digital art and clay." - Kate Gleason
HONORABLE MENTION The Pumpkin Patch by Caitlin Dahl
Pumpkin Patches are magical on Halloween night. They form all sorts of shapes when it's dark and no one is around to watch them.
I am an amatuer digital artist, using a Wacom Bamboo tablet and Photoshop. - Caitlin Dahl
HONORABLE MENTION Happy Howl O'weenie by Sharon Anderson
Everyone loves Dachshounds...everyone loves Halloween...I decided to combine the two...added a broom riding witch, gliding across a full Harvest moon, to help with the "spooky"!
Sharon is a self-taught artist, beginning her journey in 1984 with acrylic folk art projects and primitives. After friends, and then others, showed interest in her painting style, she opened a studio at her Georgia farm and taught classes for 14 years, beginner through advanced. That was during her "free" time. Taking care of five little ones and being a stay at home mom was her full time job. In 2004, Sharon and her newly retired husband moved from Georgia to their 40-acre farm, "Awesome Ass Acres", in Southeast Tennessee, near the beautiful Smoky Mountains. They take advantage of the many beautiful trails on the backs of their gaited saddle mules...one (Solomon, the big Appaloosa mule AND the namesake of our farm) of which Sharon also shows around the Southeast. Other critters keep them busy at their farm...dogs, cats, guineas, peafowl, chickens and a donkey named Easy.