Dust fills the air. Gracefully, tentatively, these powerful animals dance around one another on vast prairies bathed in the golden light of day. Watching these gentle giants, they seem like creatures from a bygone era. Watching them, we discover how much we share in common with these tender, regal, free spirited animals.
Photographer and painter Caroline Christie captured images of these wild horses during a journey to Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. There Christie found herself drawn to the ballet-like interplay between these horses, especially pairs of them, who maneuvered around each other like tango dancers tentatively sizing up a new partner. Christie was captivated by the immense landscape of America’s Western frontier, which can still be found in picturesque places like the vast corner of Idaho.
Christie was also drawn to the Island of Assateague, VA where she found herself wrapped up in the magic of the wild ponies of Chincoteague. The energy of the water combined with the ponies untamed souls was a great inspiration. Christie has a great respect for all nature, especially leaves.Their striking beauty, subtle imperfections, harmonious colors, the fluid forms of a simple leaf. This is pure inspiration for Christie. She is fascinated by the fragility and energy found in nature. In her art she calls attention to those details so often overlooked. Beauty surrounds us all.
The Scottish born artist was raised in the Highlands of Scotland and in her teens moved to the States eventually settling in Western Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s fine art program, Christie has been painting and photographing professionally for over 10 years. Her work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions around the country. See more on her website.