Spirit of the Wild Horses, Acrylic on linen, 30X30, $675.

Spirit of the Wild Horses, Acrylic on linen, 30X30, $675.

W.C. Fields once said, “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” Wish we all had more ‘horse sense’. There is something about horses that draws us to them. They have the most beautiful shaped bodies that in motion mesmerizes me. Even the motion of standing and looking back at me, makes my heart skip a beat.

Another reason I’m fascinated with horses is because I’ve never heard of one horse killing another. However, at least in movies, I’ve seen them helping each other. Right there is a lot we could learn.

Horses respond to us. They think about what we need. This thought is primal in Horse Therapy.

Horse therapy is the discipline of using horses to provide  experiences to promote emotional growth.  Horse therapists use horses in activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities as well as emotional problems. The horses provide a way for persons who have had a traumatic experience or disabilities to react when they are otherwise therapy resistant.

I watched a program on PBS last year that showed a horse therapy program where the instructor had the horse stand in the middle of an arena. The person was supposed to get the horse to move outside of a large circle without touching the horse. Many of the students often clap, whistle, yell, but none of that is successful. The lesson to learn is when others, be it parents, friends, counselors or associates, try and get us to do something the best way is probably not yelling, or forcing, but relating to the other party in a positive manner.

I have friends who own Clearwind Farm in Winston-Salem, where they use horses to facilitate emotional growth and learning through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). EAP’s focus is to involve clients in activities with horses to learn and apply non-verbal communication skills.

What makes horses perfect in this venture is they are large and powerful. For those who need to overcome some fear and become more confident, working with and being able to communicate with this powerful animal gives them self-confidence.

The artwork, Spirit of the Wild Horses, will be in the exhibit, Art of the Horse, at Fine Art Carolina in Mebane, NC. The opening reception is Friday, May 3, 7-9 pm.




The process in creating this cold wax & oil on birch piece  took me through many changes. I began remembering the beautiful color clays of Rousillon, in Provence, France and covered the birch board with terra cotta and mixed in sand I brought home from Provence to add texture.
Stage 1: As I continued to build up colors, adding siennas and oranges I began thinking about the earth and the changes it goes through. Some naturally, others perpetrated by man. I remembered visiting an old mall in Baltimore that has since been abandoned and is returning to its natural state with grasses, sedges, small bushes and such springing up.
Stage 2: I began to add other colors in stripes with a brayer. Then began scratching through the colors to reveal what was beneath.

Stage 3

Stage 3: With all the sad news lately; fracking, soldiers in Afghanistan, kids shooting kids,  I was moved to add a dark linear object to symbolize the destruction of the natural balance. I also added a block of light with lines for energy that lies beneath that continues to emit positivity.  The energy will continue to grow despite what destructive activities man places on the earth.
Over the course of a few weeks, the piece finally made peace with me and a haiku evolved in my mind.
“In a world of despair,
expectations and hope lives,
between earth and sky.”
My completed work at the top is my representation that through wars, devastation, hardships, and even death, the earth & universe will continue to project positive energy and hope.
This new works of art will be in the exhibit, BETWEEN EARTH & SKY, a featured show of works by three Hillsborough Gallery of Arts artists, Arianna Bara, Chris Graebner and myself, Jude Lobe. It is opening at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC and will feature guitar music by Knox Engler. It’s held during Hillsborough’s Last Friday event and Artwalk. Come and enjoy the art, restaurants, activities and music.
OPENING RECEPTION is Friday, April 26, 6-9 pm
Music by Knox Engler
The show runs from April 23 – May 19, 2013