Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

Introducing "Unconquered," a magnificent white stallion that stands as an inspiring and patriotic representation of the indomitable American spirit. A newborn Clydesdale foal is cuddled in the protective care if its proud and loving mother…meet "Home Sweet Home." Parade horses add magic and elegance to grand American celebrations, and "American Beauty" lives up to her name. Dreamcatchers are believed to collect good dreams, and store them for another night. "Keeper of Dreams" will help you sleep tight.  

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Unconquered
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

On a literal level, "Unconquered" depicts a magnificent white stallion - radiant and shimmering, mane and tail flying in the wind, a symbol of power, strength and renewal - rising Phoenix-like from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. But this only tells half the story, for there is a deeper meaning behind this stunning sculpture. “Unconquered" also stands as an inspiring and patriotic representation of the triumphant response to adversity that defines the indomitable American Spirit. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 spent 35 yrs 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, and now "Unconquered."

 

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Home Sweet Home
by Kathleen Moody


Beauty of the Breed

The Clydesdale is a popular breed that originated in mid-18th Century Scotland, and was historically used to haul carts and carriages. It is known as a “gentle giant” for its large size and easygoing temperament. With “Home Sweet Home,” the artist has captured its loving and nurturing side by placing a newborn foal cuddled in the protective care of its proud mother. For Clydesdale babies, mom is home.   

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.

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American Beauty
by Karlynn Keyes


Along with floral floats and marching bands, Parade Horses magnificently attired in elaborate western-style tack - brightly decorated breast collars, silver-studded saddles with long tapaderos on the stirrups, and brightly colored ribbons and flowers added to the mane and tail - are an important part of the magic that swirls around such grand American celebrations as the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.


 

 

 


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.

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Keeper of Dreams
by Courtney Moore

Inspired by the Native American belief that Dream Catchers collect both good and bad dreams - the bad dreams get caught in the web and are burned off by the morning sun, while good dreams get filtered into the feathers from the web and are stored there for another night - this artist has designed a Painted Pony that collects only the good ones.

 

 

 

 

 

"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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Spring 2016 Painted Ponies

Spring brings the promise of new life, growth and blossoming change. This is all represented in the gorgeous butterflies on "Black Beauty." Not only are seasonal changes illustrated in this release, but the daily transition from daylight to nighttime we experience are shown in "Sundown to Moonrise." We couldn't recognize transformation more than with "Egyptian Gold," decorated with a representation of gold leaf, the Egyptian symbol of immortality and power. Lastly, we have "Turquoise Journey," a beautiful Pony painted like the rare and valuable gem it is named after, which has been prized as an ornamental stone for thousands of years. 



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Black Beauty
by Jesse Leach

One of the mysterious facts about butterflies is that before they turn into adults with colorful wings, as a way of avoiding potential predators while they grow and develop, they must live for a period of time when they are young within a hard protective shell known as a chrysalis. With its depiction of gorgeous butterflies taking flight against a black background, “Black Beauty” celebrates the larger message that anyone can go through a great deal of darkness in their lives, yet emerge as something beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

Born, raised and living in New Jersey, Jesse Leach is one of those multi-faceted artists whose creative talent was recognized at an early age. She majored in Fine Art in college where her sculpting professor said she was born to sculpt. “I was putting myself through school as a waitress, working the night shift, and I would go to his studio early in the morning and stay until the janitor turned out the lights. Once I got my hands in clay, I came alive.” For years she worked at a Lace Design Studio, residing close to the garment district in New York, where she dealt with designers like Victoria’s Secret, Vera Wang and Banana Republic. She also did stints as an illustrator and graphic artist. For several years now she has  been passionate about creating wonderfully varied custom Painted Ponies. “I couldn’t stop once I started. I use my knowledge of color, sculpting, drawing, flower arrangement and lace in my creations. With these Ponies, I no longer see my work with others names on it. I still work in an office, but rush home every day to pick up these beautiful little canvases and grow creatively.” - Jesse Leach

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Egyptian Gold
by Fabienne Leydecker

Gold was a symbol of power and immortality in Ancient Egypt, and as a decorative covering, gold leaf was believed to bring eternal life, the most famous example being the fabulous death mask of Tutankhamun. Working out of knowledge and love of Egyptian history, this Canadian artist has gilded a Painted Pony with the facsimile of gold leaf, and then decorated the form with symbols, images and hieroglyphics that tell the story of a battle won by a Pharaoh riding a horse-drawn chariot. The result is a Pony that preserves the richness and mystery of the many religious artifacts found in the tombs and pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

 

 

 

 

 

Born in the Pays Basque region of France, surrounded at young age by animals, and especially horses…. a graduate of Chantilly in equine studies… an artist gifted in animal portraits and the ability to capture the essence and spirit of horses in any style, from realistic to abstract…  the FIRST female jockey in all of France… Fabienne moved to Canada to ride horses and to develop her passion for art. This past year a life-long dream came true when she moved to the charming little village of Berwick, Nova Scotia with her husband, horses and dogs, bought a farm and remodeled a room into an art gallery – Copper Fox Gallery – and began painting Custom Painted Ponies for collectors in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. “Here, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, nature and my animals, I find my inspiration.” -Fabienne Leydecker

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Turquoise Journey
by Devon Archer

Writes Devon Archer, a Virginia horsewoman and artist extraordinaire, “‘Turquoise Journey’ was inspired by one of my Navajo turquoise bracelets. The way it came about is that I pictured a single large turquoise stone that has been carved into the shape of a Painted Pony, with an elaborate matrix pattern that looks like a herd of black horses cantering along matrix trails on a turquoise journey.” Out of respect for the jewelry that inspired the design, she adorned the Pony with raised turquoise stones and banded it in silver, in honor of the elaborate silversmithing unique to traditional Navajo bracelets.


 

 

 


Devon's lifelong love of creating art was inspired by her mother's animal artwork and a generous stroke of family talent. She studied art at a number of schools and also taught private small group art lessons for several years. Growing up on the family farm in Burke, Virginai influenced Devon' s own animal artwork, as well as her love of horses and other animals. Devon's artwork also shows her interest in Native American art which first began with a family trip to Santa Fe, NM when she was a teenager, and from her husband's Lakota Sioux heritage. Today most of her artistic energy is concentrated on still life oil painting and Custom Painted Ponies for the special people in her life.

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Sundown to Moonrise
by John Geryak

Known for his highly personalized, contemporary interpretations of Nature, this former Creative Director with a New York Marketing agency turned fine arts painter has focused his artistic talent on the wondrous effects of a sundown and moonrise on a stand of saguaro cactus in an effort to “offer new dimensions in how we see our one-of-a-kind desert landscape.”

 

 

 

 

 

An Art and Design graduate of The Cooper Union in New York City, John was creative director for one of the nation's largest healthcare marketing agencies in New York City creating pharmaceutical advertising campaigns, direct mail programs, packaging, logos, letterheads and posters for companies worldwide. He moved to Arizona in 1994, and was anxious to begin his new career as an oil painter focusing on contemporary desert landscapes. His work is represented in many art galleries in Arizona, and in private collections from coast to coast. John states "As a Trail of Painted Ponies artist, painting nature's mighty saguaro sculpture onto the powerful musculature of the Pony brings together an inseparable bond that began centuries before."

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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
by Janee Hughes

Beauty of the Breed


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.
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Little Big Horse
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Little Big Horse
by Kathleen Moody

Beauty of the Breed

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.
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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.

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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."
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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.

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