The Metaphorical Power Seat
Taming Wild, Update of a Work in Progress
For a young South Dakota girl growing up on the prairie, the saddle represented: freedom, independence, adventure, control, thrilling speed. Pretty heady stuff imprinted on the mind and heart of a little girl – and somewhere in my lizard brain, it’s still there!
This beautiful hand tooled saddle is more like a throne than any riding accouterment that I had; it embellishes the memories of those emotional connections. It also made the last two years of interpretive work continuously compelling for me: interpreting the botanical motifs of the leather carver, myriad layers of leather color and highlights, and the visual interpretation of metaphors.
Every minute of painting this Objet D’art was in honor of the horses I loved, the best part of my childhood on the prairie, and what I learned about personal power from that young girl.
I expect to finish this painting and have it framed by Spring 2018.