Blaze lived wild in the incredible badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND from 2002, the year he was born, until sometime on or around March 19th, 2017, when his spirit became a permanent part of the badlands. His spirit will carry forward to honor all of America’s wild horses by creating a commemorative print each year in his honor!
As a dear friend said – “he has gathered a great human herd!”
“It is so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ~John Steinbeck
His spirit, that stare, his presence! In the fall of 2012, on a blind hike southeast on the upper Talkington trail a mile or so in, I glassed a band way off in the distance. They saw me—and came running. My heart raced as this magnificent blue eyed, roan stallion made himself known and constantly reminded this human he did not appreciate his very large bubble being invaded.
That day in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, that day—well, it changed this human then and still today my lens is used as a tool to raise awareness for America’s wild horses, to advocate for them, to tell their story, to help America fall in love with our living heritage.
Your fine art print of Blaze, will be printed using a ten color printer with archival inks and produced on a German paper, Hahnemuhle 308, a 100% cotton photo rag fine art paper with a deckled edge. This open edition, 19×13, fine art print will be nothing like what you see on your monitor, your print will be richer, filled with more detail, color, and contain impressive pictorial depth. Each print will be signed with a graphite pencil and when framed using archival methods will be an investment into the history of a powerful wild mustang to pass down to future generations.
We will donate a percentage of the sale of this print to Walk By Faith Therapeutic Riding, a non-profit located in northern Minnesota, who use wild horses adopted from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in their programs, providing hope to the lives of children and veterans.
The remainder of the funds will go to Star of the North Mustangs. A pending Minnesota non-profit that will be dedicated to telling the mustangs story through art, through personal encounters with mustangs, and using the mustang to connect humans to the fragile and diminishing wild landscape.