Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

 

NEW Winter 2021 Ornaments

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



Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping March 2021

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2.6 " Tall


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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Wild Blue - Remembering 9/11 Ornament
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.



Rod Barker





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping March 2021

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3.375" Tall
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Fury Ornament
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. 

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Rikki Carter





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping March 2021

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2.5" Tall
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Homage to Bear Paw Ornament
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





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping March 2021

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2.5" Tall
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Thunderbird Ornament
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.


Janet Snyder

 



Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping March 2021

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Forever Young Ornament
by Kathleen Moody

Developed during the Middle Ages as a war horse because of its height and speed and ability to carry knights in full armor on their backs, the Friesian almost faced extinction by the end of World War II, before it was crossbred with other selected types of horses to produce animals suitable not only for sport disciplines but carriage driving. With its heavy stature, noble head set on a high arched neck, long and flowing mane and tail, and willing temperament, a crossbred Friesian mare with its young foal running beside her is a vision of the past as well as the future.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent more than 26 years 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, including many in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


Kathleen Moody


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