Spirit of Horse Inspirations - Kim McElroy

Back to Life Pastel Painting by Kim McElroy

In 1991 I was exhibiting my artwork in Saratoga Springs, NY during the racing season. There was an auction of carousel horses at the historical Canfield Casino Museum on Broadway. Somehow I got permission to view the horses before they went up for auction. In the hushed, dim room the wooden horses stood in patient rows. Rearing, stamping, but standing so still. Most were stripped of paint and in need of repair. Even though their glass eyes were dulled by age, I could still see the life in those beautiful horses. I fell in love with one horse in particular. The one I would have chosen to ride. I was inspired to create a work of art that could pay tribute to its restoration.