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In the web of the dream catcher
We are connected again
There is no place where I end
And you begin
 
Our complex patterns
Began with one strand
In infinite varieties
We now expand 
 
~ Kim McElroy 
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When I met Betai. Her owner Jeanette said that whenever she was troubled or stressed, her mare seemed to have the ability to help her feel peaceful and strong again. Jeanette shared her concerns for Betai’s aging, and she felt a portrait would be a wonderful way to always have Betai close in spirit. As I began the composition, I did a meditation with Betai. I asked if she had a message for her Jeanette, and she showed me the image of a dream catcher. I realized then that this Native American symbol was the perfect accompaniment to Betai’s portrait, as it represented the healing energy she embodies, and the gift she offers of her healing presence whenever Jeanette needs her strength.

Reference photo for Betai

Jeanette’s comments:

"I asked Kim to paint a picture of my beautiful horse Betai, whom I have had the privilege of having with me for over 19 years. Kim did a beautiful job on the painting and really captured Betai for me. She worked with me as I described how I loved Betai's mane and how it looked to me as we were riding. She also called me one day and said that she saw the image of a Native American Dream Catcher, as she thought of what Betai meant to me. It is true that whenever I had problems, a ride on Betai always took care of them --and she is my "Dream Catcher". Kim added a Dream Catcher in the painting, which really works. I love the painting of Betai, I love looking at her and her beautiful flowing mane, and I thank Kim for capturing Betai for me in such a lovely painting."

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