Wild horse

small wild horse scanned from 18x24 original 600 dpi.fw


Notes on this painting

I attempt to capture the spirit of a subject in only a few brush strokes. For wild horses this comes down to finding a way to recreate their freedom of movement. The legs driving while at the same time turning sharply brings this agility to the page.  For some reason two legs rather than four also imply movement and show this horse is running free.

Thoughts on Wild Horses

I first saw a wild horse in a sacred slot canyon in the Navajo Nation when I was hiking as a teen. I will never forget the power and agility of this animal leaping not 10 feet in front of me.

About Zen ink brush painting

The art form has many different names. The most descriptive is ink brush painting or even just Zen painting. People around the world have been practicing this art form for over 2000 years.  One goal is to capture the spirit of a subject with a minimal number of brush strokes. Once the brush hits the paper, the ink cannot be reworked.

Traditionally, the same subject is painted over and over.  This is both to master painting the subject as well as provide focus and stability in the artist’s life.  Tools of the craft include an ink stick made of pitch and soot, an ink grinding stone, paper, and a brush capable of making a thin line as well as a broad stroke.

 I am an animal rights lawyer living in Seattle, Washington. I have worked to pass laws to reduce animal cruelty, rescued animals from large scale animal hoarders and natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina, and educate others in the field of animal law. This art allows me to connect with the spirit of these animals. Selling the art allows others to connect with the animals in a way that can only be achieved through art.

Artist Zen Ink Wash