Grey Hawk – This painting is based on a pony who possessed spirit, stamina, and speed. The Red Tailed Hawk feathers are strong medicine for the Cherokee Upper World and endow the bearer with strength and swiftness of flight. The Cherokee did not paint their horses with war paint.
Grey Hawk was chosen for the month of December in the 2002 Cherokee Calendar, hence his winter coat.
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The Southeastern tribes began riding and using horses for utilitarian purposes after introduction by Europeans. It is understandable that pride of ownership would develop for horses with particular abilities and personalities.
Brave Heart – This painting was inspired by quotations contributed to Black Elk. “Many times my horse and I have journeyed far to the camps of my enemies. We have eaten together. We have slept together and faced many battles together. White men say a horse has no soul but I have often seen the soul of my horse in his eyes. My horse is as my brother. He has the soul of a warrior.”
Peace (foal) – In my mind’s eye all babies are images of innocence and most represent the spirit of Christmas and hopes of renewal for all people everywhere. White is the color most associated with peace. Purples and reds are the colors of passion. The straw bedding is a reminder that Christ shared his birthplace with the animals. Peace was chosen for the 2003 Cherokee Calendar, also for the month of December.
Buffalo Pony Dancing (Boy) – This image came on a beautiful Oklahoma spring day, the kind of spring day that makes colts run and kick their heels for the sheer joy of living. Buffalo Pony Dancing is a small boy riding his “buffalo pony” stick horse. He’s decked out in his best regalia and feeling so good he can’t help dancing. In all probability a boy this age wouldn’t have been caught dead riding a stick horse but would have already been an accomplished rider. Sometimes artistic license is lots more fun to paint.