Run Free – Original Pastel Painting

"Run Free" 14" x 18" pastel on velour

“Run Free” 14″ x 18″ pastel on velour

“Run Free” is another in my Mustang series. This is the same wild Mustang that I painted in “Born Free” as a young colt. This is Maestro all grown up as a spunky two-year-old. He’s a beautiful young stallion running free on the South Steens HMA in Central Oregon. I created this painting last August and was excited for it to be juried in last year’s Draft Horse Classic “Art at the Classic” which is one of my favorite art shows. Maestro is one of my favorite boys out in the wild and I’m hoping to be painting him again and again. In fact… I have another of his on my list for my Mustang series, which will be titled “Live Free”. Thank you to Terry W. Smith for permission to use his photo as reference.

This framed original is for sale. Frame size 18.5″ x 22.5″. $525.00 includes shipping. A portion of the sale price will be donated to the South Steen Mustangs to help keep Maestro and his family wild and free forever.




Pastel Painting – “Nature’s Gold” Original

"Nature's Gold", 18" x 14" pastel on velour.

“Nature’s Gold”, 18″ x 14″ pastel on velour.

“Nature’s Gold” is a portrait of two wild Mustangs from the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado. Known to those who follow these magnificent horses as Can Wakan & Bobby, these two are actually siblings in the wild. When I first saw the image that John Wagner posted on Facebook I had to ask permission to paint it. The tenderness of the two drew me in, and I spent my Christmas Day creating this painting. This original is for sale and I will soon have prints available. It is framed behind glass with the frame size at 22.5″ x 18.5″. Price is $495.00 plus $30 for shipping. A percentage of the sale of this painting will go towards the Sand Wash Basin Mustang advocates in hopes to help keep these wonderful horses free and wild.

A special thank you to Wild Horse Photographer John Wagner, for all the work he does to get wonderful images of the Mustangs of Sand Wash Basin. It is through his photos that I am able to stay connected with the wild Mustangs that I love so much and enjoy painting. I hope he is able to find a way to continue his work.




Here’s Picasso!

Picasso, 11" x 14" pastel on velour.

Picasso, 11″ x 14″ pastel on velour.

I give you Picasso. This is one of the most magnificent Mustang Stallions… known as the Grand Duke of the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado. It is said this stallion is in his late 20’s, still running wild, and still siring offspring. I was so happy when Patrick Brennan allowed me use of his photo of Picasso as reference for this painting, which is part of a series of Mustang paintings I have been creating. I plan to donate a percentage of the sale of this painting to the Sand Wash Basin Mustangs.

This original pastel painting is for sale. It measures 11″ x 14″ and is completely framed and behind glass. Priced at $425, plus $25 shipping. Please contact me at mebharris@mebsart.com for any additional information.

Picasso is also available in print, as well as a very unique MagnaChrome print on metal. Contact me for details.




Pastel Painting “Nature’s Paints”

Nature's Paints

Pastel Painting of two Mustangs. 24″ x 18″. Nature’s Paints.

This is the largest pastel painting I have attempted. I was drawn to these to Mustang horses in the reference photo taken by Mustang Meg, who I friended on Facebook and have been following her wonderful Mustang images. She has allowed me to use her images as reference photos. My plan is to do a series of Mustang paintings and once they sell, I will donate a portion of the sales to various Save the Mustang groups in honor of my first horse, Shilo… who was also a Mustang.

This painting will be entered in a series of art shows, and will at that time be for sale. In the meantime, I will have prints available soon.

2013 Calendar featuring Dogs of WAG

2013 Calendar featuring Dogs of WAGI am happy to offer my first calendar featuring dogs from y favorite club, Western Agility Group… WAG… where Jasmine and I have run many fun agility courses, and Sierra is beginning her agility training. Located in Elk Grove, CA, WAG is host to agility trials of different venues throughout the year. It’s a wonderful place to spend a weekend playing with our dogs… watching their goffy antics as they run through the courses. And what a great place to find beautiful dogs to paint!

Each month features a different dog painted in pastel. Most of these were done as commissions throughout the year, with the owners allowing me to feature them in this collection. Calendars are 5.5″ x 4.25″ and $10 each, which includes tax and shipping. A certain amount also feature the dates of all the known trials being held at WAG throughout the year. Gets yours now before they run out!


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Pastel Painting… “Born Free” a Portrait of a Mustang Colt

"Born Free"

“Born Free” … Portrait of a Mustang Colt; reference photo by “Mustang Meg”, used with permission. 14″ x 11″ Pastel on Velor. Original framed and For Sale  $550. 12″ x 9″ print matted $35.

This is a pastel painting of a Mustang colt. The reference photo is from the collection of “Mustang Meg”, who I friended on Facebook. I have been enjoying all the beautiful photos she takes of wild Mustangs in their natural surroundings. Her goal is to help save the Mustang from BLM roundups, where many of these beauties go to slaughterhouses. I will be donating a portion of the proceeds on the sale of this painting to one of the Save the Mustang groups.

I really enjoyed painting this guy and tried a few new techniques that I’ve seen my mentor, Lesley Harrison, do with her paintings. I feel really good about the outcome.

This is one of my two entries for the 2012 Equine Art Show at the Draft Horse Classic in September.

Also… I am attending the High Hand Art Fest in Loomis, CA starting tomorrow (June 23 and June 24). This is my very first art show where I will be showcasing my paintings. I will have 15 originals on display, including “Born Free.”

UPDATE: 10/22/12: Born Free won first place in the pastel division at the Draft Horse Classic Equine Art Show. It was truly and exciting moment. This original pastel painting is for sale. Prints are also available.




Pastel Horse Painting: Duncan

Duncan, 12" x 14" pastel on velour

Duncan, 12" x 14" pastel on velour

It’s been a long time since I last posted any art… so I thought it was high time I get another piece uploaded. This is Duncan. I painted him specifically to enter at the 2011 Draft Horse Classic Equine Art Show. The painting not only made it through the jury selection, but actually won a 3rd place ribbon… to my delight and surprise. I took the reference photo of this gentle giant at the 2010 Draft Horse Classic with my new digital SLR camera. I will soon be starting a few paintings from the reference photos I took at this years Classic… to enter in next years show.

And why have I not been painting for the last few weeks. Well… my excuse is that I’m taking a couple of classes at the local Jr College… and I just got a new puppy. So there should be a puppy portrait of Sierra coming soon. Stay tuned!!!

John Denver Illustration

John Denver "Country Roads" 9" X 11" pastel on velour

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything new. I have been painting though. I’m taking an illustration class and one of the assignments was to create a portrait of someone famous. This is a little out of my comfort zone… but thought it might be fun to try a human. Turns out I really enjoyed doing it and was surprised to find it kind of looks like John Denver, who is my all time favorite singer. So here is my very first attempt at a human portrait…