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"You Shall Have All the Pretty Horses" (24x36 oil & cold wax on canvas)

The completion of this painting is a testament to the abstracts of life that secretly slip into one's art. I started this painting with a human figure in mind alongside the horse. I decided I didn't like the composition so I eliminated the figure which left me with a simple dark horse against the seaside. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to paint some bold flower shapes all over the horse. While I was working all of this out, I was also rereading McCarthy's novel, All the Pretty Horses. I came to a page where I'd previously highlighted a paragraph that read: "He thought that in the beauty of the world were hid a secret. He thought that the world's heart beat at some terrible cost, and th