51.5" x 34.5" Watercolor, Ink, Gouache, Acrylic and Graphite - May 21, 2021 to September 30, 2022
I have a collection of images I find exciting or inspiring with several images of rearing horses carrying warriors into battle (one is a Disney magazine spread with Beckham as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty with the Disney castle in the background). If you don’t know about my life-long love of Disney - well - it runs very deep. We lived in Los Angeles when I was a kid.
This is a Sorraia Horse, critically endangered and a rare ancient breed. I am so interested in these small populations that have ancient origins. They are like a living island. I might focus a body of work on this topic in the future. Sorraia horses are from the Iberian peninsula, Portugal, the Sorraia River Basin. They have primitive features (convex profile, and a black dorsal stripe, a dark muzzle and horizontal stripes on the legs. They have a bi-colored mane and tail that has black and buff colors streaked through. They are gorgeous.
There is a wolf in me... fangs pointed for tearing gashes... a red tongue for raw meat... and the hot lapping of blood - I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go. Carl Sandberg, Wilderness.
Wild horses are so impressively wild. We don’t think of them the way we think of wolves - but "Mars" is like a wolf. This horse has teeth for tearing gashes. I can feel the wind winding up the mane and tail - whirling the hair into a frenzy that would drive an animal mad and set them running - so dangerous and so beautiful. A primordial steed.
A battering ram as a chest plate for battle.
The creature is an ark, self contained and mobile.
Scalloped armor - with holes for passengers. Like holes in a giant block wall that birds nest in. I visited a wall like this in Puerto Rico.
Gashes and scars earned in battle.
A blanket of woven birds for a saddle with needle beaks that fuss and buzz and never lie still. Don’t ride me.
He carries and keeps his dead. Skulls and bones - they tag along and rattle out a drum beat. War drums.