Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

NEW Winter 2016 Painted Ponies

Open your hearts to two new Beauty of the Breed figurines, "Cloud Hunter" and "Little Big Horse." They will capture your imagination in a frozen moment in time. Two Native Ponies also stampede swiftly in… "Gift from the Sky" and "War Eagle." For the "Guardian Angel" we all need, here is a Painted Pony that will soar silently, bringing joy, hope, faith, love and peace. 




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Cloud Hunter
 

Cloud Hunter
by Janee Hughes

A Tribute to the American Paint Horse…

Typical of the speech of a cowboy, the ways of a bucking horse were referred to in colorfully descriptive terms. When a horse reared wildly and vaulted upwards, mane flying and hooves flailing as if it intended to go up and up into the sky, it was called a "cloud hunter." By making the horse a Paint whose spots take on the appearance of thunderclouds, the artist has added another layer of meaning to the old horseman's saying.

To learn more about the APHA please visit: www.apha.com

   

 

 

 

 

After graduating from Willamette University with a BA in art, Janee taught in Junior High School for thirty years. When she retired in 1997, she began a fine art career, painting and writing, winning awards and building a reputation. Her paintings are usually realistic and involve animals, and she works in pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her artwork has graced the covers of numerous magazines, she has illustrated three children's books, and her cartoons have been published in newspapers. She was the lead painter on the Salem Riverfront Carousel, an authentic, hand-carved and painted carousel, and in her spare time can be found hiking with her dogs and husband.
Janee Hughes
Artist Janee Hughes




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Little Big Horse
 
Little Big Horse
by Kathleen Moody

A Tribute to the Norwegian Fjord Horse…

There's a good reason why the Norwegian Fjord Horse was the inspiration for the horse in the animated Disney hit, "Frozen." A reason beyond the way its expressive eyes, amiable nature, charming personality, and distinctive crescent-shaped mane made it an endearing character, as distinctive in appearance as a unicorn. Selectively bred by Vikings to be hard-working, dependable and "bomb proof," a Fjord was perfectly cast as a little horse with a big heart.

To learn more about the NFHR please visit: www.nfhr.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine sculptor and painter who has created animal sculptures for DaBar Enterprises, Safari and Hartlan, and numerous horse sculptures for Breyer, Kathleen is the designer behind a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.
Kathleen Moody
Artist Kathleen Moody




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Gift from the Sky
Gift from the Sky
by Lynn Bean

Fallen feathers have often been perceived as gifts from the sky that arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose. Often they are interpreted as reminders that angels are near… as signs from the universe representing freedom and flight… as souvenirs left behind after looking at things from a high perspective. With this in mind, the artist created a "Gift from the Sky" intended to be a gift with the power to help us "take wing" on the right path in life.


 

 

 


A graduate of the Illustration Department of the Kendal School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lynn began her career in retail fashion illustration, but is known today for her beautifully detailed and expressive paintings of birds, wildlife, horses, and Native Americans. Early in her career she specialized in watercolors, but her more recent work creatively incorporates hand-tooled copper, feathers, leather, horsehair and beadwork to produce interesting three-dimensional effects. When she is not exhibiting in juried shows around western North America, Lynn maintains a summer gallery in Sumpter, Oregon, where she sells prints, apparel, and beautifully crafted jewelry based on her unique designs.

Lynn Bean
Artist Lynn Bean




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War Eagle
 
War Eagle
by Kevin Kilhoffer

Native Americans felt a kinship with all animals, but held eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey in especially high esteem because their vision, swiftness and fearless courage typified the qualities a warrior needed to be successful. The golden eagle, often referred to by Plains Indians as the "war eagle" because of its willingness to go after game larger than itself - fox, coyote, sheep - was believed to be the most powerful of all creatures in the animal kingdom, which is why its feathers were incorporated into the headdresses and war bonnets worn by chiefs as they rode into battle.

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin was born and raised in Elk City, Oklahoma, where he still resides today. He is a dedicated craftsman and enjoys both carving and painting. "When I whittle or carve, I generally go out in the yard...if I'm going to work on a painting, my studio is above a barber shop down on the old historic Route 66." His biggest artistic influences include, Remington, Charles Russell and Will James. "Will James was the last of a dying breed. How he turned artist always intrigued me. He was serving a sentence in the Nevada State Prison for cattle thieving, where he started drawing and it turned his life around. He's a real inspiration to me."
Kevin Kilhoffer
Artist Kevin Kilhoffer




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Guardian Angel
 

Guardian Angel
by Laurie Cook

Notes from the artist's journal: "When I think of angels I envision a quiet presence, a listener, a gentle soul who comforts me. I also imagine a powerful strength and unshakable courage that helps me fight my battles and carries me to safety. It occurs to me that a horse embodies these very same qualities and so I have created a 'Guardian Angel' who soars silently, conveying a message of joy, hope, faith, love and peace to the world as he fades in and out of the clouds."

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, Leaniní 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 Cook
Artist Laurie Cook




NEW Fall 2015 Painted Ponies

Every special occasion calls for a Painted Pony, and we have the perfect "Party Animal" for you! With her party hat on and presents wrapped, give someone that Pony they have always wanted. For those dear to your heart and to show love, caring or sympathy, we give you "Heart of Gold," embossed with a gold heart with wings to illustrate a horse's giving and caring nature. For the first time, a Painted Pony has been created to symbolize the artist process itself, and the Inner Painted Pony Artist inside us all. "The Artist" gives us an Appaloosa covered in messy paint splatters, just like a dedicated artist.
"The Night's Watch" is a guardian of the night, serving as a protective force against night attacks from anything at any time. 




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Crow Warrior's Pride
 

Party Animal
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee

Every special occasion calls for a Painted Pony, prancing and parading in a party hat with pretty presents. Let the fun begin because this special one is sure to be the center of attention! So look out, stand back, here comes the leader of the pony pack and everyone is invited to take a ride on the party-side with this little “Party Animal."
Karlynn Keyes lives in Scottsdale, AZ, and Valor Lee is currently attending Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.

   

 

 

 

 

Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com.
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artists Karlynn Keyes
and Valor Lee





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Panda Paws  
Heart of Gold
by Steve Riecks

Watching a horse and handicapped rider work together at an Equine Therapeutic Ranch, this artist from Parker, Colorado was so impressed with the horse’s compassionate manner and seeming desire to improve the quality of life for its rider, he was moved to create a design for a Painted Pony that represented the horse’s giving and caring nature. To illustrate and symbolize these endearing qualities, he came up with the idea of a Pony embossed with a golden heart with wings.


 

 

 


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.

Lorna Matuda
Artist Steve Riecks




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Stand By Me
 

The Artist
by Darynn Bednarczyk

All Painted Ponies are unique designs created by artistic individuals, but this is the first Pony to symbolize the artistic process itself. Working with a complicated Appaloosa pattern and covering her Pony with a messy array of paint splatters that you would expect to find on an artist so focused on her creativity that she ends up with as much paint on himself as on her canvas, this Canadian film school student, who currently lives in British Columbia and is pursuing a career in Animation, has created a design that stands for the Inner Painted Pony Artist within all of us.

Darynn has always been fascinated with drawing from a very young age. She works with graphite and charcoal to create realistic portraits of various subjects. She has a strong passion for drawing animals and also works heavily with cartoon and character design. This led her to sell her work for 4 years, commissioning people mainly through word of mouth and small local fairs. She has had a lot of success entering her works into contests and small galleries on the side. Darynn is currently attending Vancouver Film School. She has a deep love for art, storytelling, film, and animation so she wants to broaden her skillset. She is currently in the Foundation Program and will graduate in October 2015. She will then be heading straight into the 3D Animation program. She hopes to expand her skills in animation, modelling and character design to pursue a job as a professional in the industry.

Lorna Matuda
Artist Darynn Bednarczyk




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Horse of the Rising Sun
 
The Night's Watch
by Vince Slate

Not only did the horse give a tribe increased mobility, it could also be a “guardian of the night,” alerting members to the presence of dangerous, nocturnal predators. The approach of bears and wolves in search of prey would often evoke snorting, kicking and rearing, which would wake sleeping men, women and children. With this in mind, this Phoenix, Arizona artist imagined a Painted Pony as a talisman whose powers were told by native depictions of the wolf and bear etched into the hair on his sides, and would constitute a protective force against night attacks from anything at any time.

 

 

 

 

 

Vince is a graphic artist in Phoenix, Arizona who specializes in logo design, web design, clothing and merchandise design and 3D visual design. Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds Max and many other software programs, Vince's creative approach to the world of digital art has no limits. He graduated in 2010 with a BA in Visual Communications and has since been designing graphics for various companies. In 2013, Vince began working at The Trail of Painted Ponies as a graphic designer and customer service representative. Vince is currently learning how to program and strives to keep developing his skills to keep up with the consistent flow of advancing software.
George Toya
Artist Vince Slate




Summer 2015 Painted Ponies

Summer is finally here, and so are the NEW Summer 2015 Painted Ponies! As a follow-up to the best-selling Beauty of the Breed Series, "Stand By Me" captures a moment between a protective mare looking over her foal. If you listen closely, you can even hear the Ben E. King song by the same name playing in the background…Oh, I won't be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me. As part of our "Collection within a Collection" featuring animals; we introduce "Panda Paws." This adorable Pony features the very rare and very shy Panda Bear, which is considered a national treasure in China and is currently on the Endangered Species list.

With this release we bring you two very symbolic and very powerful Native Ponies. "Horse of the Rising Sun" was created by George Toya, an acclaimed Native American artist who describes his work as "part fantasy, part reality, and filled with narrative awaiting discovery." The second Native Pony is "Crow Warrior's Pride," which is the creation of an Oklahoma cowboy, Kevin Kilhoffer. He has studied Plains Indians extensively and created this tribute to the way the Crow dressed their horses with more display than many other tribes.





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Stand By Me
 

Stand by Me
by The Trail of Painted Ponies

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

Released in 1962 and sung by Ben E King, the lyrics to this hit song could as easily apply to a protective mare looking after her foal, as a lovestruck man pining for his darlin’.

"Stand By Me" was a collaborative effort that involved contributions from multiple Official Trail of Painted Ponies Artists.

The Trail of Painted Ponies has stampeded into American Art History as one of the most successful public art projects of all time! Born and bred in Santa Fe, this wildly popular public art project invited artists to let their imaginations run wild and transform life-size horse sculptures into stunning original works of art. These dazzling Painted Ponies were exhibited throughout the state of New Mexico and they enchanted hundreds of thousands of people and reinvigorated tourism, while raising awareness and funds for worthy non-profit organizations. Today, The Trail of Painted Ponies is proudly celebrating 13 years of horses in art and it has become one of the premier art and collectible companies in the world, crafting one of the most cherished collectibles in America, The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines.






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Panda Paws  
Panda Paws
by Lorna Matsuda
Its white coat and prominent black eye patches make the Panda one of the most recognizable animals on earth, but it is also among the shyest and rarest. Considered a national treasure in China where it dwells in misty bamboo forests, it was once hunted in the belief its colorful pelt provided magical protection against evil spirits. Now, there are a thousand or so left in the wild, which is why it is on the Endangered Species List. “Panda Paws” is this Canadian artist’s way of keeping this adorable, gentle giant alive and well in our thoughts.

 

 

 

Lorna has spent her life devoted to her love of art and all animals, though horses are her passion. Raised on a farm and growing up in Ontario she later bred and raised Quarter Horses for many years, a time of her life that remains dear to her heart. The Trail of Painted Ponies has become a passion to her and her artistic designs have received recognition in recent competitions. She loves to try new mediums and has created artworks on bone, wood, leather, feathers and of course the beloved Painted Ponies.

Lorna Matuda
Artist Lorna Matsuda






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Horse of the Rising Sun
 
An acclaimed Native artist from the Jemez Pueblo, in New Mexico, George Toya describes his work as “part fantasy, part reality, and filled with narrative awaiting discovery.” His Painted Pony depicts, on one side, the night with the stars, constellations, shooting star, and moon, with the North Star at the center “so we never lose our way.” On the other side he presents the day with different life forms, images and colors that represent beauty, and the sun at the center “without which life is not possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

Muti-faceted as well as multi-talented, George Toya is a celebrated Native artist from the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. His celebrity comes as much from his design and screen printing business and his management of the Black Eagle drum group, which was the recipient of the 2004 Grammy Awards for best Native American Music Album, as his symbolic Pueblo figures that are depicted in the vibrant colors often seen in New Mexican skies and landscapes.
George Toya
Artist George Toya






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Crow Warrior's Pride
 

Crow Warrior's Pride
by Kevin Kilhoffer

Once a nomadic tribe that roamed what is now Montana and Wyoming, the way of life for the Crow Indian Tribe changed dramatically with the acquisition of the horse. Young men, instructed in horsemanship at an early age, grew into warriors who inspired awe among other tribes for their amazing feats on horseback. An Oklahoma artist who has studied Plains Indians extensively created this tribute to the way the Crow also dressed their horses with more display than many other tribes, incorporating quill embroidery, beadwork, pendants, braided rawhide and the carving arts into their equine regalia.    

 

 

 

 

Kevin was born and raised in Elk City, Oklahoma, where he still resides today. He is a dedicated craftsman and enjoys both carving and painting. "When I whittle or carve, I generally go out in the yard...if I'm going to work on a painting, my studio is above a barber shop down on the old historic Route 66." His biggest artistic influences include, Remington, Charles Russell and Will James. "Will James was the last of a dying breed. How he turned artist always intrigued me. He was serving a sentence in the Nevada State Prison for cattle thieving, where he started drawing and it turned his life around. He's a real inspiration to me."
Kevin Kilhoffer
Artist Kevin Kilhoffer

 



Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

Painted Ponies collectors, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised! For the first time in Painted Ponies history, we are introducing a Racehorse with Rider titled, "Godspeed." After many years of collectors asking for a wedding-themed Painted Pony, we unveil the long-awaited "Wedding Wishes" (go ahead and do your happy dance soon-to-be brides!) We also proudly introduce "Children's Prayers for the World," which is a joyful and moving follow-up to the classic "Children's Prayers Pony." Last but definitely not least, we give you "War Paint"...a powerful Native Pony that exhibits pride, courage and dominance in battle. Scroll down below to see them all!





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Godspeed Painted Pony
 

Godspeed
by Tesha Hammond
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Created by an artist who is intimately familiar with racehorses because she owned one, Godspeed is more than a brilliant rendition of a jockey on a Thoroughbred whose tail and mane fly in the wind as they speed towards the winner's circle. Wearing checkered blinkers (symbolic of the checkered flag associated with a winner) and colorful silks (that identify the owner and carry a shamrock for good fortune), it is a lucky piece in its own right. The title comes from a term used when trainers send their riders out for a race, and wish them a safe journey and safe return. For those who believe in luck, it is a gift of hope for a prosperous journey through life.

SIGNED FIGURINES are available for pre-order directly from the artist. Please email us about your interest in a Signed Figurine, and we will forward your information to artist Tesha Hammonds. You may email us at: [email protected]

"The Breeders Cup Classic is one of the most prestigious worldwide horse racing events for Thoroughbreds in the racing industry.  When I first heard about the contest offered by The Trail of the Painted Ponies in conjunction with the Racetrack Chaplaincy Organization and read the winning entry would be auctioned off at the Chaplaincy’s “White Horse Award” ceremony to be held at Santa Anita Park during the Breeders Cup Classic in November 2013, I knew right away that I needed to submit a design. Having been personally involved as an owner of a racehorse and as an artist, having specifically studied the sporting horse under Sam Savitt, Jean Bowman, Faye Moore and James Crow, I was inspired to create a pony design worthy of the majestic and elegant race horse. I’d been waiting for the opportunity to enter a racehorse design for consideration by the Trail of the Painted Ponies. This was it!" - Tesha Hammonds

Tesha Hammonds
Artist Tesha Hammonds






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Wedding Wishes Painted Pony
 

Wedding Wishes
by Maria Ryan

Here's a cheer for the bride and groom,
From everyone around the room.
Let's celebrate your special day,
And happiness that's here to stay!

Wishing you the joy, prosperity, togetherness and happy trails that only a marriage filled with love can bring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Ryan is an accomplished artist and designer who has been winning awards and pleasing collectors around the world for the past thirty years for her paintings and designs of all types of wildlife and its habitat. She is a graduate of the Graphic Arts Preparatory School of New York and received her formal art education at C.W. Post College in New York. Maria decided to take her wildlife art to a new medium, transcending it into the three-dimensional Trail of Painted Ponies figurines. She also creates Custom Painted Ponies for many collectors who enjoy her beautiful work.
Maria Ryan
Artist Maria Ryan






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Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Children's Prayers for the World
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee

There could be no more important messengers of peace than children of many faiths, from all around the world. Their heartfelt prayers for compassion and caring remind us that sometimes, the biggest gifts come in the smallest packages. Children's Prayers for the World is a tribute to those small voices that can be heard in the darkness, all around the world. They quietly remind us how important it is to love and respect each other.

Watch a heartwarming video of children admiring the "Children's Prayers for the World" figurine. Click Here.

 

 

 

 

 

Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com.
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artists Karlynn Keyes
and Valor Lee






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War Paint Painted Pony
 

War Paint
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee

Powerful magic was passed on to a warrior during the application of war paint to a horse in preparation for a forthcoming battle, and the handprint symbol was believed to channel strength and energy to the wearer, as well as to intimidate enemies. Also, a woman who saw hand symbols on the horse of her warrior would be filled with pride because it meant that he had shown courage and dominance in battle, and feel safe knowing that she would be able to look to such a man for protection. "War Paint" was inspired by an archival photograph of a decorated war pony.

 

 

 

 

Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com..
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artists Karlynn Keyes
and Valor Lee




Winter 2015 Painted Ponies

Inspired by previous best-sellers, these figurines are sure to make 2015 memorable for you. Each design has been carefully chosen and hand-crafted, with special attention to detail. Read their stories, be inspired, and find your next favorite Painted Pony.




Wedding Wishes Painted Pony
Will be available again soon. Please check back.
 

Prince of the Wind
by Kathleen Moody

As the story is told, when Sky and Earth gave birth to a royal son they endowed him with the power to fly without wings, the ability to dance without music, and the endurance to rule over the vast Arabian desert. Last of all, they painted his nature with beauty and grace, before enthroning him as “Prince of the Wind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine sculptor and painter who has created animal sculptures for DaBar Enterprises, Safari and Hartlan, and numerous horse sculptures for Breyer, Kathleen is the designer behind the Arabian "Prince of the Wind" which is the fourth design in the Beauty of the Breed Series.
Maria Ryan
Artist Kathleen Moody






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Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Squash Blossom
by Devon Archer

The inspiration for Squash Blossom comes from the artist’s admiration of the beautiful, hand-hammered silver-and-turquoise jewelry made by Navajo silversmiths, and the fine textiles created by Navajo weavers. Incorporating both of these highly sought-after trade items into this gorgeous design – a squash blossom pendant for the breast plate, a traditional, banded, Navajo Chief’s Blanket draped over the Pony’s back – she has created an iconic equestrian tribute to the Dineh, as the Navajo call themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

"I had first seen the Painted Ponies in a local gift shop and thought the concept very unique. A couple of my friends had begun to collect them and after studying the Ponies, I thought that it would be a great challenge to come up with designs. Shortly after seeing the figurines, I saw in Southwest Art Magazine an ad placed by The Trail of Painted Ponies announcing the "Native Art of Horse Painting National Art Competition", a call to artists to enter. That was the trigger for me to come up with a Painted Pony design. This was the beginning of my trail ride with The Trail of Painted Ponies." -Devon Archer
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Devon Archer






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Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Star Spangled Rodeo
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee

“Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together as we welcome, Star Spangled Rodeo.”

With that introduction, a magnificent white Appaloosa decorated with a distinctive blue-star pattern prances into the center of the arena, a sight so beautiful that fans are left breathless. As they leap to their feet, the rumble of a trumpet signals the start of the National Anthem, Old Glory snaps in the breeze, the thunder of applause swells from the stands, and another Rodeo begins…

Cowboy Up!

 

 

 

 

 


Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com.
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artists Karlynn Keyes
and Valor Lee






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Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Tickled Pink
by Aloma Wolfington

My heart sings, I’m in harmony with you
Joyful elation, I’ll never be blue
I’m Tickled Pink, you’ve played the right key
Loves inspiration, the whole world can see

 

 

 

 

 

"One of my fondest memories of Grandma is when she opened her bible up and stuck between the pages was a slip of paper with a fairly descent horse drawn on it. As she handed it to me I saw she'd written on the back of it, my age ... 3 years old when drawn. I was in my late twenties at this time and was touched that she'd kept it there all that time. Grandma told me to keep it and that there would be special things ahead for me if I used well the talents that God had given me.  I do thank God for His gifts and the people He has surrounded me with, the encouragement from my family and friends who "think I can color inside the lines".  I have come a few steps forward in my abilities to draw since that 3 years old's dream horse and can only hope that other people who view my efforts will in some way take pleasure at what they find." -Aloma Wolfington
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Aloma Wolfington






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Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Pony Lover
by Kim Ratigan

An avid animal lover from an early age who was always sketching horses, dogs and cats, this Canadian grew up in the city with a fantasy that someday she would wake up and run to the window, and in the front yard would be an awesome, beautiful and wonderful Pony waiting for her. Later, when she grew up to be an artist, she played with the idea that maybe, if she actually drew and painted the Pony of her dreams, what she pictured in her mind might someday become a reality. So she picked up a brush and went to work, and when she was done, the result was “Pony Lover.”

 

 

 

 

 

An advertising illustrator turned fine artist who specialized in pet portraiture, Kim entered into the world of Painted Ponies in 2009 when her design won 1st place in The Trail of Painted Ponie's Art of Horse Racing Competition. To Kim's delight, her first winning design, The Front Runner, was also made into a Trail of Painted Ponies Figurine. From Canada, Kim is proud to be welcomed as part of The Trail of Painted Ponies family of international artists.
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Kim Ratigan