I went to Philadelphia College of Art in the 1970’s. I have been painting ever since as a “hobby” in that I have never shown my work publicly. I made my living in the printing industry as a NYC sales rep instead. I was married for 23 years and have 3 children in their 20’s now. When I was 50 I bought my first horse and fell in love with trail riding.
SHLEP stands for Soul seaching, Home searching, Liberating, Equestrian, Praise. The P started off as Party but I changed it along the way since it was definately not turning into anything resembling a party. The goals of SHLEP were that I hauled my 2 horses, solo, to all the lower 48 states. I started in September 2013 and was on the road for 13 months. Prior to this trip, I had never even driven a truck or gone horse camping. I learned as I went along, often the hard way.
SHLEP was not an “adventure”, it was a self healing journey. I camped, rode both horses, blogged and painted (my rules) in 43 states before a boulder in Montana bent my trailer axle.
I am now back in southern CA. This photo is from my pasture this past winter. My herd is all mares and now includes a baby from the Oak Creek Wild Horse herd in Tehachapi. I named her Mary, after my mother.
I am working on doing the SHLEP paintings with oils in a larger format and add them here (upper right hand corner link on the home page) as they are finished. In the same area of the home page you can find my more recent, 2020-2021 paintings.
The book has been published on Amazon and has a 4.6 star rating, it just might inspire you to follow your dreams too! We are all much stronger than we realize, never give up, never tolerate abuse of any kind. God bless you! Link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/SHLEP-Finding-Healing-Horseback-Lower/dp/1093965185/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
The Audible version of the book is in production, narrated by me, and should be available in September 2021.
I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams!