The Eye of the Beholder
The inner world of horses shines from their eyes. Both their joys and their sorrows are revealed, for horses cannot laugh, and horses cannot weep. Their hearts and souls peer from the depths of twin pools that reflect the world.
Sometimes I create a reflection in a horse’s eye of an image of a horse or a person, to tell a story about the horse’s thoughts or experiences from their perspective. An example of this is “The Eye of the Beholder”. This painting allows the viewer to experience several things at once. You realize the horse’s eye is reflecting another horse. First, your mind might create an almost holographic image of the other horse as you realize the two horses are close together and communicating with each other. Perhaps you perceive the expression in the horse’s eyes to learn the story of their relationship and the emotional dynamic that is going on. Perhaps you become the horses and feel what they are feeling. If you have done any of these things, I have achieved the intent in creating this painting – to remind us to imagine, reflect, and feel from the horse’s perspective.
Once in awhile, take a moment and look into a horse’s eye. Before you allow your rational mind to label them as a “horse” with any definitions thereof, you may discover that you are looking into the eye of a being beyond imagining, full of a consciousness and awareness that surpasses our limited human brain. One could become lost in that deep pool… or found.