BarnyardPicasso

Abstract paintings, painted by horses

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BarnyardPicasso

Abstract paintings, painted by horses

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My name is Amy Miller, I am a self-taught artist with a love for horses.
Barnyard Picasso let’s me combine two of my great passions together; painting and horses. It gets even better, horses that paint! My horses, Cheyenne & Gypsy trust me to select the colors for their paintings. I load up the paint brushes and let them express themselves. Unlike some temperamental artists, they are always open to my critiquing and suggestions.

I originally purchased Cheyenne with the intentions of doing dressage with her, but later found out her body conformation wasn’t what it needed to be for the physical disciplines of high level dressage. That didn’t matter, it was too late, I was already in love with her. One day I came across a book on trick training and wondered if Cheyenne would like doing tricks. It didn’t take long for her to show me that she loved it, she would walk up to me and play without a halter or lead rope on. I have taught her over 40 tricks from playing basketball to kicking a soccer ball to fetching a hat and also playing a floor piano, which lays upon a table. I even taught her to smile, and she takes full advantage of the treat power behind that smile!

I decided to try and teach Cheyenne how to paint, and thought how incredible it would be to have a horse that could paint. While I was working with Cheyenne at painting, Gypsy my Arabian mare, would be watching from the sidelines. She would stomp her hoof on the ground and throw her head, as if she wanted attention. So I would give her some attention, but that wasn’t all she wanted. She was very interested in what Cheyenne and I were doing, intently staring and studying us. So I decided to see if Gypsy wanted to paint also. I lead her towards the canvas; she took the brush with paint out of my hands and proceeded to swipe it all over the canvas. She did it with a look in her eye that said to me, “See I can paint too.” So I now have two horses that paint.

After Gypsy started painting, Cheyenne would watch her paint from the sidelines. Gypsy taught Cheyenne how to paint better, by having her watch the way she did it. Now because Gypsy paints, Cheyenne paints better. They each have their own style of painting. Gypsy does the hot Arabian head toss when she paints and Cheyenne is more calm with up and down strokes. I think there is a little bit of a painting competition going on between the two. They both paint splendidly, except for the fact that Gypsy throws the paint brush on the ground, but she is getting better and better as time goes by.

I hope you enjoy looking through their paintings and hope you find one that you would like to display in your home or barn.

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  • Amy Miller

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  • Cheyenne

    Equine Artist

    Cheyenne is an 12 year old Quarter/Arabian Cross mare. She enjoys performing over 40 tricks. Smiling is her favorite, she can smile her way out of any trouble she gets into. After all, who can resist a smile like that!

  • Gypsy

    Equine Artist

    Gypsy is a 20 year old Arabian mare. She performs over 20 tricks as well as being an amazing artist. She even helped Cheyenne refine her painting skills to become a better artist.

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