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Just Try One Moment Standing Still Next To A Horse

A thing I didn’t know… I learned it from a little white polo pony who’s retired and up for adoption. I met her for the first time this last Sunday afternoon. I’d put a soft rope halter on her, and I was walking her around the edges of this green wooded pasture, kind of a lazy hot afternoon. Somewhere along the way I stopped, just to feel the moment. She paused behind me.__15-New7thHorseMuchSmaller

But then she put her muzzle on my shoulder, I felt her breath on my neck, I turned, her cheek on my face, her eye by mine. Tell me I’m crazy if you like, tell me whatever you want, but I’m saying in that moment she knew who I was, what I’m doing, and what we’re doing together here in Blood Rescue. At some level, she knew it all because she’s there with us in our collective unconscious, that shared knowing, loving, trust going back 35,000 years, passed down from generation to generation to now. So they know. If you haven’t already, just try one moment standing still next to a horse. Then you’ll know too.

How To Make A Living Making The Art You Love

How to hack the system.

OK, there’s no shortcut for learning how to make art, play an instrument, choreograph dance… mastering just about anything takes around 10,000 hours. That’s five years working full time, longer part time. There’s no known shortcut for this. Learning to make art is a journey of love, and it deserves all the time and all the heart you have to give.

But there is a shortcut to financial viability.EricHeadshotForShortcut

How many artists master their craft and still have day jobs? Maybe in 10, 15, 20 years the average artist reaches a place where they can subsist on making the art they love if they don’t get discouraged or disillusioned, if they don’t give up before they get there. Even then, it’s often just subsistence.

If you already have your 10,000 hours or more in art practice, Shortcut intends to get you to financial viability in the next 10, 15, maybe 20 months instead of years. Do the right things, you get where you want to go. That’s why it’s called Shortcut.

Or, if you’re an early stage emerging artist, don’t wait. Start now to make your day job optional. Before you even reach 10,000 hours, you can expect to start making your living making the art you love.

With your coach Eric L Hansen, Shortcut is straightforward, experiential, and practical. An artist himself, Eric’s day job was tenured PhD professor of Entrepreneurship at Cal State, where he founded the Minor in Entrepreneurship for students from the College of the Arts. Now he’s living happily ever after in East Nashville… where, you guessed it, he makes his living full time making the art he loves.

Check out Artcamp Nashville coming up in September! Or if you want to get started now, here… it’s free!

And My World Changed Forever

I began Blood Rescue to tell the visual story of our relationship to the horse going back 30,000 years. Back then we hunted horses as wild animals for food and clothing. Today, they’ve become our treasured friends and companions. I thought equine rescue was sort of like retirement homes for horses. At least the rescues who were my models for this project had a really good life. And by the way, as artists often do, I fell wonderfully in love with all of them; and they with me.9-DollyGiaAndSage

February 2013, right in the middle of Blood Rescue, the international horsemeat scandal broke. Local police in EU countries launched investigations, Interpol joined in. A US response was swift: Within 30 days, Senator Mary Landrieu introduced the SAFE Act in the Senate; and Representative Patrick Meehan introduced it in the House, both in March 2013. My world changed forever.

Looking back, I had been naïve beyond belief. I didn’t know about kill buyers in this country, how they operate. Now I have refocused my Blood Rescue project. What was always there stands today as a visual story with a strong social message. We began our relationship with horses hunting them as wild animals for food. How have we as a species changed in 30,000 years? Or how have we not changed? My purpose here is to raise public awareness of our relationship with these amazing animals, tap into that shared knowing these animals are part of our lives, a part that goes back to the beginnings of human time here on earth.

So here’s the story: For 25,000 years horses gave us food, clothing, tools… until one cataclysmic moment in pre-history maybe 4000 years ago somewhere in the Asian steppes: One of us rode a horse for the first time.

From that time forward, horses have become our trusted companions and friends. They took us where we wanted to go, helped us with the hunt, worked our farms, even carried us into battle. Ten years ago Congress acknowledged that building this country could never have happened without the horse. To recognize that, they made December 13 the national Day of the Horse. Today a proposal stands before the United Nations to make December 13 the International Day of the Horse. All over the world, horse person or no, we all feel some connection to these amazing animals. I speak to that shared knowing, to raise public awareness, to move people to act. The SAFE Act is as good a place as any to begin. Let’s get it passed, it’s a public health issue we can win.

PX3, the Prix De La Photographie, Paris

There were The thirty-two PX3 JURORS, a really great group of who’s-who curators in French photography!


Alice Gabriner World Picture Editor | National Geographic
Anna Zekria | Moscow
Arnaud Adida A.galerie | Director | Paris
Bernard Utudjian Director | Galerie Polaris | Paris
Carol Johnson Curator of Photography | Library of Congress | D.C.
Chiara Mariani Photo Editor | Corriere della Sera | Italy
Chrisitine Ollier Art Director | Filles du Calvaire | Paris
Christophe Loviny Artist Director| Yangon Photo Festival | Paris
Daphne Angles Photo Editor | NY Times | Paris
Daria Bonera Director | Daria Bonera Agency | Milan
Françoise Paviot Director | Galerie Françoise Paviot | Paris
Heidi Laughton Art Director/Producer | London | Los Angeles
Jean Francois Camp Director | Espace Dupon | Paris
Janette Danel Director | KijK Galerie | Paris
Jerome Huffer Photo Editor | Paris Match | Paris
Jesper Thomsen Director | Mews42 Gallery | London
Kenan Aktulun Creative Director | Truth | New York
Mark Heflin Director | American Illustration + American Photography | New York
Mike Bower Managing Editor | Sydney Morning Herald | Sydney
Miriam Leuchter Editor | Popular Photography | New York
Nan Oshin Photo Editor | Clark Oshin Gallery | Los Angeles
Natalie Belayche Director | Visual Delight | Paris
Natalie Johnson Features Editor | Digital Photographer Magazine | London
Patrice Farameh Publisher | MAET Media | New York
Patricia Lanza Director | Annenberg Space for Photography | USA
Patrick Kahn Director | SNAP! photo festival | Orlando
Rebecca McClelland Photography Director | NewStatesman magazine | London
Sara Rumens Lifestyle Photo Editor | Grazia Magazine | London
Sherrie Berger Director | Scarlet works Creative Change Agency
Susan Aurinko Independent Curator | Chicago
Susan Baraz Curator, Co-chair | Lucie Awards | New York
Viviene Esders Expert près la Cour d’Appel de Paris | Paris

You can see them all here

Oh yes, we can see her champion lineage

Gretel is a warmblood thoroughbred out of a pure thoroughbred dam, one who didn’t make it as a racehorse. Gretel’s dam was rescued and went on to become Medway’s Irish Lass, a nationally ranked thoroughbred jumping champion. Take another look at Gretel, and oh yes, we can see her champion lineage. Gretel we love you.10-GretelInCave

Yes, see her spotted muzzle that’s the telltale.

Kelsey is an Appaloosa; really?


Yes, see her spotted muzzle that’s the telltale. When her owner passed away, the family sold off his horses  same day as his funeral, sold right out of the driveway at his house. Kelsey’s now 20,  living happily ever after on her forever home ranch just south of Nashville. Lucky girl! Now let’s get to work see if we can’t make a whole lot more luck! This 21st Century cave drawing from Blood Rescue


Here’s What Went Down…

In horse lifetimes, it all happened a very long time ago…4-Irish

Irish was one of those thoroughbreds who didn’t make it as a racehorse. She went up for auction, was visibly “hard to handle” at killer pens, no one bought her… until one rescue buyer  stood up and just did it.

And then? A racehorse in early retirement, Irish did the re-run thing, as a jumper! She went on to win competitions at the highest levels, finally recognized nationally by the United States Equestrian Foundation. Her new forever owner was offered $40,000 (remember this was a long time ago) after her last series of wins. Owner said no, and when Irish  retired at the end of her second  career, she traveled cross-country from California to live happily ever after on a ranch in middle Tennessee. She’s really old now and still beautiful. If this makes you so happy you wanna’ cry, I’ll share my box of Kleenex with you, I’ve got it right here.

Shayeera Laughs Last

Every day is a good day for Shayeera. She was rescued 8 years ago in northern California when her owner outbid a kill buyer. Later, she was driven in style to Middle Tennessee, a caravan with fifteen of her sister rescues. Now she  lives happily ever after each day on a ranch just south of Nashville, she gets to laugh and be happy every day in this, the Year of the Horse.



Delta Sends Her Love

21st century cave drawing of Delta the Buckskin, from Blood Rescue. On the cave walls with Delta top right are two horses, represented as hand-drawn equine anatomies, not from 30,000 years ago, but from a very old veterinarian textbook. See the enlarged detail below…

3-DeltaTheBuckskinOnce we hunted horses as wild animals for food. So even 30,000 years ago our forebears would have understood these drawings. They knew the flesh and organs intimately, for food; the skeletal structure for making various implements; and the hide for clothing and shelter.

Today, Delta the Buckskin playfully shows us her best means of self-defense, it hasn’t changed: Run away really fast! When she does that, you’ll never catch her. She has to want to come to you. And she will, because we don’t hunt horses as wild animals for food any more. They’re our companions and friends. Delta sends you her love.


Gretel Is A Rescue

Horses have been part of our lives for more than 30,000 years. Here in this 21st century cave drawing, Gretel hangs out with her cave wall ancestor from maybe 15,000 years ago. Gretel is a rescue. We don’t eat horses anymore.2-Gretel_1stHorse

 This is after all, the Year of the Horse, the Season of the Equus!