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Wild Blue - Remembering 9/11
by Rod Barker

There have been a number of powerful tributes to the tragedy of 9/11, among them the commemorative public art installation known as the Tribute of Lights: a pair of giant beams of light, installed at Ground Zero, that mimicked the position and shape of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they illuminated the night sky over Manhattan. With this image in mind, I conceived of a Painted Pony that utilized the same form that The Trail created for a previous tribute to 9/11 titled "Unconquered," which posed a white stallion triumphantly atop rubble intended to represent the collapsed Twin Towers, with an American flag behind it. But instead of a white horse, this piece would feature a faceted blue horse. Blue because the lights in the Tribute of Lights were blue. Faceted to represent the 43,600 windows that were part of the Twin Towers, as well as the venues on the top floors of the North Tower which were called Windows on the World. The title - "Wild Blue" - borrows the name of a restaurant in the North Tower that was destroyed.

A portion of the proceeds, from the sale of this piece, will benefit First Responders Children's Foundation. First Responders Children's Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. For more: 1strcf.org



While researching a book in Chicago, this best-selling author came across a public art project that would change his life. Soon, this author turned entrepreneur, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime that would find him in a new frontier filled with horses that would stampede into American art history! And so, Rod Barker created The Trail of Painted Ponies. Born and bred in Santa Fe, it took the country and the art world by storm. Mr. Barker is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has been featured on numerous television shows including Good Morning America, CNN and the Charlie Rose Show.


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Fury
by Rikki Carter

The sky grows dark and ominous as storm clouds roll in. Like creeping celestial creatures, they stretch their silent fingers across the sky and pull their bodies forward to block out the stars. They are alive with color now, breathing purple, turquoise and gold, and their introductory silence is temporary. First comes a low rumble, then a flash of light. The storm clouds seem almost to smirk at each other as they complete their formation, preparing to release their fury into the sky - bright, booming and unstoppable. Then angry stinging bolts of lightning crack across the Heavens, unleashed by the creatures hanging above the earth in the black of night.

Since a very young age, Rikki has enjoyed drawing and art in various mediums. She took every available art class in school, attended college for Graphic Design, and embraces the opportunity to be creative daily. Rikki is the Director of The Trail of Painted Ponies, which includes overseeing figurine and ornament production, website updates, email campaigns and communication with artists and collectors. "Fury" is Rikki's first Painted Ponies figurine and ornament. She currently lives in a charming little town in Arizona with her husband and two young children. 

Rikki Carter

 

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Homage to Bear Paw
by Cheryl A. Harris

The Battle of Bear Paw was the final engagement of the Nez Perce War of 1877. Following a 1,200-mile running battle from Western Idaho into Montana, the U.S. Army finally managed to corner the Nez Perce tribe, who were led by Chief Joseph and whose surrender speech famously ended with the words "From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever." Known for their distinctively spotted horses, the Nez Perce were assured they would be allowed to keep their prized herd of nearly a thousand mounts, but it was a promise that was broken. It wouldn't be until 1937 that the tribe initiated a selective breeding program that brought the Appaloosa back to life.

This Indiana professional artist exemplifies diversity and versatility. Her 42 year career had included employment as a graphic designer for a large children's furniture manufacturer, a technical illustrator for a retail chain of stores, 14 years as an Art Director for a full-service Indianapolis advertising and marketing firm, and 27 years of self-employment with Cheryl A. Harris Design and Illustration, where she offers her services to small businesses, corporations, hospitals, foundations and private consumers.


Cheryl A. Harris

 

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Crusader
by Christopher Paskert

The original Medieval War Horse breed is now extinct, but from written accounts we know it was a magnificently powerful creature. Big and strong enough to carry an armored knight into battle as well as its own protective plate-amour made of leather and steel, yet sensitive and agile, and trained to be responsive to leg pressure rather than reins, as a knight needed his hands to wield weapons and hold his shield. Trained also to literally fight alongside its rider, it was conditioned to endure the chaos and noise of battle, to lash out with teeth and hooves at other horses, and to trample men on the ground.

Christopher Paskert has won multiple art competitions, including Best of Show at the Florida Equine Art Show, Representative Class at the Sun City Center Art Guild Annual Show, and he has also won previous Trail of Painted Ponies art competitions. We welcome Christopher to The Trail's growing family of artists.


Christopher Paskert

 

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El Charro
by Laurie Holman

Hail "El Charro"! a tribute to those highly skilled horsemen who are the Mexican equivalent of the iconic cowboy of the American West. Defenders of landowners by helping them protect property and cattle against bandits, and good family men who were respectful towards women and renowned for the way they honored traditional values, Charros gave rise to a whole new style of fashion - tightly tapered suits of leather and suede with beautiful shirts and jackets embroidered with gold and silver threaded flowers, and broad-brimmed sombreros made of horse and rabbit hair with a leather chin strap to hold it in place. They are also recognizable by the horses they ride - tacked out in traditional Mexican saddles with large platter-sized horns that work well for roping livestock with rawhide ropes.

For over 20 years I have taught art at a high school on the border of Texas and Mexico in far west Texas.  I am a single parent of a wonderful boy. I love painting, art, riding horses, hunting, working cattle and  being outside... Life is good and I believe in living for the moment! 
- Laurie Holman


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Thunderbird
by Janet Snyder

The Thunderbird is a dominant icon in Native American Indian culture and art, both highly respected and feared because these magical creatures could be a force for both good and evil. Their flapping wings brought rain and storms, which were good for crops, but the lightning shooting from their eyes could also cause destructive winds, flooding and fires. Throughout history, depictions of the Thunderbird have appeared on totem poles, pictographs, jewelry, carvings… and now, on a Painted Pony.

Janet Snyder attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where she majored in painting and minored in drawing. Janet is now a graphic designer for a big ten University in Illinois where she designs a variety of materials and web graphics.


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NEW Holiday 2021 Painted Ponies

 


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Christmas Delivery
by Laurie Cook

While creating "Christmas Delivery" Laurie asked herself, "Who better to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve than a Palomino Pony? All gold and gorgeous with white socks that make it look like he's been prancing through powdery drifts of fresh snow?"

But wait, how would the Pony know where to go without a rider? And would there be someone peeking out the window, watching him approach with a sack full of presents on his back?

To that Laurie simply answered, "I like to make up my own scenarios behind the Ponies I create, so I will let you decide the rest of this story."

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

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Laura Robinson

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Jingle Bell Rock
by Laura Robinson

It's Christmas morning. Breathless with anticipation, before anyone else is awake, you make your way into the living room to see what blessings you received from Santa. You've been wishing for a Pony, and miracle of miracles, there he stands before you. It is not a real horse, however, he is an old-fashioned rocking horse made of wood. Nevertheless, you climb up and begin to rock back and forth. As his bells jingle jangle, you can almost feel the wind through your hair as you gallop across meadows, making this your best Christmas ever.

Laura Robinson grew up riding and drawing horses at her home in Southern California.  Sketching on any piece of paper she could find, she drew her favorite subject, the horse. She has always felt a deep connection with horses, and has been very blessed to have them in her life. 

Winning awards in high school and college for art and design, it was evident that she should pursue the arts. So, after moving to Minneapolis, MN and getting married, she studied and worked in the graphic design field. Then, while raising a family of 3, she moved onto the fine arts. She currently works as a portrait artist and muralist. Her local horse community is enjoying their commissioned portraits of their beloved horses. She tries to learn something new from every painting she does, always trying to better her skills as an artist.

In addition to her art, she works as a groom and assistant trainer at a busy boarding stable, riding hunter/jumpers and dressage. In her “spare” time she landscapes her yard, mends fences, builds her own chicken coop, rides with her daughter, tries to keep up with her sons, and helps her husband with his electrical business! She finds that a little time in the barn is the best therapy in the world. The sweet smell of a horse’s breath, and a nicker from an old friend is very soothing and inspirational.


 

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Holiday Tapestry
by Delia Pacheco

Saddle blankets are normally functional and serve to protect a horse's back, both cushioning the saddle and wicking away moisture. Then there are beautiful, fashion-forward, customized saddle blankets that go beyond the basics. Those that are stylish, adorned with glittering embellishments, and are brought out just once-a-year to celebrate special occasions like Christmas.

I immigrated to this country from Germany when I was just a child. I loved drawing and have always done art. As an adult pursuing it in an outside professional field at Shaklee Products designing labels, brochures, programs etc. I'm an award winning listed artist with my illustrations in published books and covers, some designs were on Garden Flags, and other household accessories. For years I was the art coordinator for the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI. I've also been a chosen participant in two Canadian Mosaic Murals.

From Murals to Miniature art, Rocks or any thing that doesn't move, I like painting on it. I also love Painting in Plein Air Events. My preference are animals with a specialty of horses. I donate the proceeds from my art to charities and organizations that are dear to my heart. I'm also known for being the girl on the SunMaid Raisin box since 1970.


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Snow Crystal
by Emily Overman

No two snowflake are alike. Each is an individual drop that develops, into an ornate pattern, as it falls to the earth from the clouds in the sky. "Snow Crystal" was created as a Christmas reminder that all of us, just like snowflakes, are unique and beautiful, each in our own way.

I have been drawing since a very young age, and I have become more passionate about art as I've gotten older. I am currently attending college for graphic design, and I have an interest in illustration.


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First Snowfall
by Lorna Matsuda

Like diamonds falling from the sky, the first snowfall of the season has magical powers. For some it is simply a reminder that it's wintertime, while for others it takes on a symbolic meaning. It's been said, that a field of freshly laid snow is like a blank canvas, suggesting endless possibilities.... To this north country mare, as fluffy snowflakes gently settle on her back, it means it's time to kick up her hooves and joyfully celebrate that Christmas is coming.

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

 

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Away in a Manger
by Laurie Cook

Laurie Cook's own words in explaining the inspiration for her design: "I wanted to portray the quiet moments after the birth of Jesus, when only Mary and Joseph were there to breathe in His wonder. Like many parents, they probably gazed in admiration at their baby's perfect fingers and toes. I'm sure they had no idea that soon there would be kings arriving, bearing gifts.... On the reverse side of the Pony, I wanted the three kings to be slowly making their way across the landscape, following a brilliant star in the sky. Did they travel in awed silence? Did they call excitedly to one another about what this momentous occasion would bring to the world? We can only wonder."

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

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