HORSES

Horses outweigh us by intimidating amounts, and yet somehow represent a delicate romanticism in our culture.

Horse Shadows, 2019, black and white acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20”, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis.
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Horse imagery confronts us viscerally with palpable power balanced on fragile bones.

I confess as a youngster I fantasized about horses but never quite felt comfortable with them (even after riding lessons).

In August 2018 I spent a few hours, with my camera, embedded in the herd at Peacefield Equine Sanctuary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Elizabeth Lorenzen’s easy relationship with her gentle giants engendered in me a confidence I had not felt before. The photographs, supplemented with others taken in my own neighborhood, have resulted in these paintings.

Check out more horses in Rounds & Reflections and horses with their humans on the Family Portraits page. Or watch a video of Horse Shadows in progress.

Thirty percent of my proceeds from each of these paintings will benefit Peacefield Equine Sanctuary.

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