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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 that the world's pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity, and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower." It wasn't until I realized I'd been creating a horse painting with a distinctive flower print that I saw the influence of what my senses consume. At the time of creating the painting, I couldn't have told you why I wanted to paint this horse this way. But now it seems so obvious that reading McCormac's words about the otherworldly beauty of horses would be so directly inspirational.

You Shall Have All the Pretty Horses

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