|When The Man Comes Around|
This is my third and probably final painting of this Arizona Bay horse. I’ve painted most of the exceptional photos of this horse that I had. I made an immediate connection with him on our first and only chance encounter. Everything was perfect about this gelding -- his demeanor, the tack, the light. But when God decides He wants a horse in His remuda, things can change in the blink of an eye… literally. One lightning bolt took this fine animal and two more like him. It seems I take the passing of the Innocents (like dogs and horses) harder than most. I try to build a tougher wall inside me and become more calloused, but when The Man comes around, it’s usually swift justice on His terms.
I really have an affection for horses -- not the award-winners, but the hard-workers. I'm always drawn to the remuda whenever I'm out West. You'll find hundreds of horse shots in my photographic files...horses at work, horses at rest, saddled, hobbled and everything in-between. It was my honor to portray this fine animal.
On Monday, I'll tell you about one of my best friends. Have a good weekend, and enjoy the Christmas season!