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Back to Life

His life was a fantasy of whirling lights and laughing children 

Until one day when the lights dimmed, and silence descended  

After many years, a glimmer of light appeared again, and gentle hands began to sand away the cracks, repair the jewels, 

and restore the spirit


~ 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 dreamt of a work of art that could pay tribute to their restoration.  I did a lot of research to envision what the original Illions horse would have looked like, what colors and designs would have been painted.  I even put in tiny details like the crackling on the gold leaf mane.

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PLEASE NOTE: International Print Shipments:

​Free Shipping is only offered on Domestic USA shipments and doesn't apply to Canadian and International Shipping. With the variety of products we offer, it is impossible to accurately predict Shipping charges to different countries. Shipping costs for prints are calculated AFTER checkout based on package weight and distance. Customers will receive an invoice to cover any additional costs. Please note that we are only charging the amount to ship, which exceeds what we are offering as free packaging and shipping. Tracking is also sometimes unreliable but our packages have always landed safely. ​Border fees, duties, and handling fees might apply.

When ordering prints: I have my art custom-scanned with the highest resolution possible to capture every stroke and texture of the original pastel. For most of my prints, my publisher, American Moulding, offers a variety of options shown below. I also offer Custom Prints which are made locally and hand-signed and shipped from my studio.


Paper Prints and Matted Prints are printed on substantial 180g Archival Matte paper. They are wrapped in clear protective packaging in a flat mailer.

Regarding Matted Prints: The size of the matted print indicates the outside edge of the mat dimensions. An 11" x 14" matted print fits in a frame with an 11" x 14" opening. Depending upon the artwork dimensions, mats are approx 1 1/2" - 2" wide



Premium Fine Art Prints are printed on luscious 310g Sunset Textured Watercolor paper. They are shipped rolled in a sturdy tube. This allows the larger size to ship economically and damage-free.

Canvas Prints are finished with a mirror image of the art around the edge and mounted on 1.5” inch stretcher bars. They include a wire for hanging and are shipped in a sturdy cardboard crate

Please Note:  Some of my artwork is different in ratio than standardized sizes. They work best with custom framing by your local frame shop. For more affordable framing, consider the Matted Prints which allow any size of art to become a standard-sized dimension to allow ease of selecting a store-bought frame. 

Due to supply chain issues, our current turnaround times are as follows:

Paper Prints: 1 to 2 weeks

Matted Prints: 3 to 4 weeks

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For the 11x14” Matted Print the Art Image is approximately 8x10”

For the 16x20” Matted Print the Art Image is approximately 12x16”

I am honored to create this beautiful piece for you to frame behind glass and hang in a special place in your home. Each print is as much my art as the original, carrying the energetic blueprint of the art into your life.
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