Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

 

NEW Winter 2022 Ornaments

Holidays aren't the only occasion for adding decorative ornamental accents to your home….



Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2022

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2.625 " Tall

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Winchester Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

Seen in the hands of countless cowboys in numerous Hollywood westerns, the Winchester, lever-action “repeating rifle,” was the weapon of choice for the Western horseman. For good reason, it allowed the user to fire a number of shots before having to reload. The Winchester was conveniently carried in a tooled leather scabbard that was strapped to the saddle, where it was kept safe, easily drawn, and ready at all times. This rifle was the iconic firearm of 19th century America, which is why it is often called “The Gun that Won the West.” 

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





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2022

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2.5" Tall
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Tatanks Ska Ornament
by Crystal Snow

The coats of buffalo are traditionally brown, so when a white buffalo is born, according to Plains Indians tribal lore, it is a sacred sign of good times to come. The horse is another animal highly revered by Native Americans, so this artist felt a blending of the two would make a striking design that honored both the buffalo and the horse. Adorned with accompanying symbols - circles around the eyes and nose to see and smell danger, lightning bolts for speed and nimble-footedness and a bear paw for strength - "Tatanka Ska" (Lakota for white buffalo) represents an icon of hope and positive transformation.

Art has been a hobby for Crystal since early grade school. She’s done a little of everything – charcoal, pottery, stained glass, glass etching and native beadwork. When she started collecting Painted Ponies, Crystal felt inspired and out come “Tatanka Ska,” which is Lakota Sioux for “White Buffalo.”


Crystal Snow





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2022

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2.625" Tall
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Peacekeeper Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

We all know someone with a heart of gold who would do anything for friends and family. Someone who puts others first when times are tough, shows kindness and love and is always there for you in times of need. "Peacekeeper" is an equine tribute to these very special people who prove time and again that angels do indeed walk this earth.

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





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2022

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3.25" Tall
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Golden Jewel Ornament
by Janet Snyder

"Golden Jewel Pony" was conceived as a stunning way to both honor and share, with the modern world, various Native American traditions. One such tradition encompasses wearing unique, distinctive, handcrafted jewelry made of precious metals and adorned with turquoise and authentic gemstones. The designs, strongly influenced by spiritual beliefs and tribal legends, were not simply decorative, they served as a wearable bank that depicted social class within a tribe.

The list of accomplishments and awards Maria Ryan has received for her art is extensive. Her paintings have been exhibited in art galleries both here and abroad. She has designed for two major tabletop companies in England, producing hard surface placemats and coasters. She also designed coffee mugs for a Hong Kong company, fabrics for a New York company, and greeting cards for a Baltimore company. The list goes on and on.

The satisfaction Maria received from the experience of painting her first Pony prompted her to want to paint other Ponies, resulting in the release of many best-selling figurines, created by Maria. "What a great ride this has turned into," Maria says. "This is the most fun of all in my art career!"


Maria Ryan

 



Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2021

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Forest Spirit Ornament
by Emily Overman

Horses have long held a special place in our hearts because of the many ways they connect us to the natural world. “Forest Spirit” beautifully captures the transformation of a stallion that has raced through a field of wildflowers and plunged into a nearby forest.  It portrays where wild spirits dance throughout the woods, while wolves and deer live in harmony. Feeling at home, “Forest Spirit" becomes the essence of Nature itself, as it rears majestically towards the sky. 

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.


Emily Overman


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NEW Holiday 2022 Ornaments


Fire and Ice
Shipping in September 2022


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2.75" Tall

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Adoration Ornament
by Laura Robinson

A mighty angel, in the form of a horse, bows down to the Divine Infant in an act of deep love and respect. Such a special child, radiating with hope for all mankind, deserving of the adoration caught in this silent and awe-inspiring moment. The magnificent horse will spread its powerful wings and tell others of the Holy Child, but only after it has basked in the glory of His presence for just a little longer. 

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.


Laura Robinson

 

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Fire and Ice
Shipping in September 2022


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2.6 5" Tall

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Snow Ready Ornament
by Grace McKenney

Christmas is a time of year that is enjoyed by every member of the family, including the furry ones. After a full day of snowman building and sledding, “Snow Ready” gently pulls this tired pup back to the barn for a well-deserved afternoon nap.

I've always had an interest in drawing and painting animals, especially horses, and as I grew up my maternal grandmother introduced me to The Trail of Painted Ponies with my first figurine "War Cry." Today, my career is an environmental resource management and my creative outlets have shifted to wildlife and landscape photography and digital art. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and thus you can usually find me with some type of camera and some sort of notebook to write down ideas ready for when a good photo opportunity or idea strikes.


Grace McKenney

 

 

 

 

 

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Fire and Ice
Shipping in September 2022


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2.5" Tall

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In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present is described as a jovial giant clad in a green mantle trimmed with white fur, with an icicle studded wreath of holly upon his head. He carries a torch shaped like a horn, from which the Spirit spreads his blessing of hope and good cheer. He invisibly leads Ebeneezer Scrooge through the cobble-stone streets of London, blessing every celebration of the day, no matter how humble. The Trail of Painted Ponies celebrates this Christmas classic with its equestrian version titled “Spirit of Christmas Present”.

I have a BFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and have enjoyed playing around with all sorts of artistic media for my entire life. My favorite subject has always been the natural world, and horses in particular hold a special place in my heart.


Elizabeth Henderson

 

 

 

 

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Fire and Ice
Shipping in September 2022


3.25 " Tall

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Christmas Past Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

In days gone by, pull-toys were a favorite Christmas present for children. They took delight in leading their gift by a rope or string, as if it were tamely following them on their next adventure. “Christmas Past” brings that holiday memory/tradition to the here and now.

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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Fire and Ice
Shipping in September 2022


7.25 " Tall

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Christmas Crystals Ornament
by Ann Yarbrough

Giving healing crystals at Christmas is the perfect way to spread positive energy at a time of year that can be stressful. This holiday season, you can bring the amazing world of crystals, and their ability to bring a boost of joy, into your home with a Painted Pony who goes by “Christmas Crystals."

Ann Yarbrough's artistic inspiration comes from her Granddad, husband, son, family and friends. She has painted 21 murals in her hometown of Cedartown, GA, designed the book cover for her county's heritage book, worked and painted on movie sets, and been part of a 3 month long exhibition of Painted Ponies called Painted Dreams. She says "being part of The Trail has been a wonderful ride and a joy to be a part of."


Ann Yarbrough

 

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