Peruvian Prince

As an artist, I am always working with perspective…something that allows me to pique the interest of my viewers by creating a different view-point within my paintings. 

When I created this portrait of “Junior”, a Peruvian (hence the title “Peruvian Prince”) I was captivated by the up-close perspective which accentuated his beautiful eye, dramatic mane and handsome bridle.

Junior belongs to a woman I trained with a few years ago. She is passionate about Peruvians and provides lessons for those who want to know more about this magnificent breed. I have a soft spot in my heart for him since I watched him grow from a gawky, goofy youngster to a proud, kind, noble and dependable adult.

Working with animals and art has taught me how important it is to allow for different perspectives in life. The up-close perspective teaches appreciation for details and hidden surprises.  The step-back perspective allows for taking it all in and absorbing the infinite.


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  1. Beth Rand
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    I would love for you to do a painting from the perspective of the horse – how do they view us?

  2. admin
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    Hi Beth. What a wonderful question! There are times when I have created portraits that have included both how an animal views themselves, combined with how they want their human to see them. (for example, certain colors they want, a certain look in their eyes, their posture, a unique perspective) I find that animals view us through their own desires to love, teach and guide us with their unique ideas and wisdom. Animals tend to see things as “all one” more than we do and they identify individual identities for exactly who they are at that moment. They read us by the emotions we wear from moment to moment.

  3. Beth Rand
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    Thanks Debra – I can see what you mean. Our rescue horses typically want nothing to do with any of us (we’re all bad in their minds). So we put them together with other horses that do trust us so they can learn from them. It usually starts when they begin to trust one person that spends consistent time listening and offering a positive intention every day before they start to come around and want to interact. From there it becomes a more generalized perspective that people are okay. Learning to listen and respect their wishes allows them to listen and respect ours. Do unto others…?

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    Hi Beth. Yes…I understand. I think horses, perhaps more than any other domesticated animal think/trust with a ‘herd’ mentality. They look to their fellow horse relations first for signals, ideas about the humans around them and whether or not something/someone is okay to trust. Bless you for taking the time and care to help bring these rescued horses back to a place of peace and harmony.

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