and the Moon: El Caballo
ey La Luna
series of paintings as prayers asking for power. It was once
said to me that we are not the rulers of this planet,
nor are we simply living on this planet. We ARE this planet,
as every living thing IS this planet. This planet is one continuous
life form supported by the many millions of harmonious relationships
between living beings, whether it be bird, fish, animal, plant,
mineral and every thing in-between. I first heard this by a biologist
and molecular chemist in my Biology 101 when attaining my B.F.A.
What struck me so warmly by his remark was the word, “relationships.” In
this continent the Native Americans , as well as many current
Equestrians, acknowledge that their relationship with the horse
is not based
on a knowledge of how to control the power of such a graceful
being, but of forming an alliance, a relationship of mutual admiration.
Another word for this is Friendship. For the American Indians,
The Horse was a nation of beings with powers, such as speed and
strength that when an alliance was formed with, allowed the American
Natives to accomplish efforts that without that relationship,
have taken much longer to accomplish, or perhaps could not have
been done. In this series of paintings, I am asking that the
Spirit of the Horse, come and lend me her and his powers to earn
belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu. That they assist me to develop more
strength and confidence in my rock climbing preparations for
ascending El Capitan, the 3,400 wall in Yosemite. I expect that
I will receive
this strength from the Spirit of the Horse in the same way that
many believe that God sends human looking angels to aid them.
are not alone on this earth. And this gives me great encouragement.
The Earth is one continuous world of millions of nations of
living beings all supporting each other. If I have a responsibility
the Earth I believe that it is to find my place in the stream
of life, and to know when I can ask my God for assistance from
of my fellow nations of living beings, and then to respectfully
ask, feeling confident that it will come to be.
Horse and the Moon Series is a group of prayers acknowledging my brothers
sisters, the Horse Nation, asking them to lend me their power
of spirit to accomplish things that I might otherwise feel
overwhelmed to do on my own. It is my wish, in this exhibition,
be open to believe that some of that power to accomplish the
huge things in your life, is yours for the asking.
wish you Love and