Horses in Heaven – What made me paint the subject?

“Horses in Heaven” – What made me paint the subject? 


Horses in Heaven
Horses in Heaven

On 10/05/2012, my Wife and I really enjoyed a Terry Fator show in the Durant Casino Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma. Something special happened that night, that resulted in the painting of Horses in Heaven.

Terry Fator told a story about a little boy who came to meet him via Make A Wish Foundation. Which explained why he put “Horses in Heaven” back into the show in Las Vegas, in the boy’s honor. About 5 minutes before the story, we received a phone call informing us we just lost a family friend.

When Terry Fator announced and starting singing Horses in Heaven, I was blinded by a painting inspiration with Horses in Heaven as the theme. I have finished that painting which without his story and song this painting may never have come to life.

The Constellation Pegasus flies over our heads nightly. The stars of that constellation is depicted in the sky, with Pegasus leaping out of the darkness into view. Below Pegasus, horses run across the tops of clouds that depict the veil between heaven and earth.

What Materials were used and why:

The painting is 16 x 20 inches, done in oils. The colors used are Prussian blue, Cerulean, Cyan and White. The whole painting from time of inspiration until finished drying was over a period of two and a half weeks. Up until “Horses in Heaven,”  I had dabbled with other paints and media. I tried watercolors, acrylics, colored and standard graphite pencils, oil pastels, and charcoal.

My goal was to find a medium I liked to avoid the disposal of what waste is created during a painting.  After this painting, my love of oil paints was strongly reinforced.  I continue to use strictly oil paints for new paintings in the studio. I use extra care to be as environmentally friendly as humanly possible.


This video explains the story of the little boy from Make a Wish as well as the reason I painted “Horses in Heaven”: