It was a beautiful sunny 4th of July morning as we sat on main street in Waxhaw, NC. As the floats, marching bands, and fire and police departments paraded by, all the sudden a lone figure riding a beautiful gray horse rode by. I was only able to capture one photo of this mysterious person but we knew right away that this would make a great painting.
When the parade was over, Liz sought out the people in charge of the parade to inquire who this rider was so we could meet him and discuss using the photo as a reference for a painting. To our surprise, no one knew anything about him. He simply appeared “out of nowhere” and disappeared after the parade just as fast.
He was the perfect mountain man, so that is what we titled the painting, and entered it in the Western Equine Art Show in California where it won 1st prize. We created a frame out of 100 year old weathered barn wood which we feel goes perfectly with the theme of the painting.
Original, 24×36 Oil Painting by Lizbeth Gage
Framed using 100* yr. old weathered barn wood