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. I am also writing a book about my journey and hope to publish it in 2019.
I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams!