At the end of May, 2018, my dear horse, Romeo, passed away. After many years of working to keep him comfortable on his feet finally failed, I made the very difficult decision to let him go. My art has helped me process some of the grief...though I don't think there is an end really, to the pain of losing him.
I'm excited to share that the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, chose one of my photographs, Wild Majesty, to be included in the 2018 Members' Juried Exhibition online gallery and exhibition catalog. The opening reception and catalog release is on Saturday, July 7, 5-7pm at the CPA gallery, Sunset Center, Carmel.
I'm in the process of slowly adding my "other works of art" to this website...slowly but surely!
For the upcoming exhibit at the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, in addition to photographs, I've been making sculptures. It's been years since I have worked directly with my hands to create art. While I LOVE photography, I've missed the tactile nature of making art directly with my hands.
Right after I completed the sculpture, Horse Crazy, I came down with shingles! I am in the process of recovering from this LONG three month ordeal of pain and fatigue associated with shingles. I've been out of commission and feel energy returning! Yay!!!
Well, as you can see, I'm not very good at updating here! Most of my recent updates are on Facebook these days. So, visit me there!?
My first trainer and I went to look for a horse that I could adopt. We met Romeo by chance, as I was at the barn in Gilroy to see another horse. Someone at the barn mentioned that the Paint in the stall nearby was also for sale, so we went to see him. As I stood next to him, Romeo let the full weight of his head rest on my shoulder. That was it! He went home with me shortly thereafter. Romeo has been with me since 2000 and he's 19 years old this month. Some of the things he's taught me:
-Be assertive, not aggressive
-Pay attention, with peripheral vision (like a horse)
-Train yourself (the horse isn't the one that needs training!)
-The joy of being with him (the relationship) is more important to me, than riding him.
-Honor horses, they were the ones that built "civilizations"