Horse racing inspired art by Shawn Faust

victoria pool
Victoria Pool next Gideon Putnam Resort Hotel. Open to the public.

My niece Melanie Miller and I had lunch at the historical and prestigious Godeon Putnam a few weeks back in August. We visited the Art Gallery to enjoy paintings by Shawn Faust. I loved the horse paintings that were inspired by Saratoga Race Track. One in particular caught my attention, “You caught my eye.” I fell in love with it because the eyes of the horse reached heart center.

Melanie left within a few days for Westminister, Massachusetts. I told her I was going back to the Gideon Putnam and the state park to go swimming at Victoria Pools. I would stop at the hotel to see how I felt about the painting. If I loved it still, I would purchase it. Well, I simply had to have it.

You Caught My Eye
You Caught My Eye

I asked the gentleman who attended the exhibit if he were the artist and he said yes. “My name is Shawn Faust, and we shook hands. It turns out that the original painting sold last year for several thousand dollars. I purchased the limited edition numbered 12/100. It wasn’t cheap. I paid over $500 for it, which I normally would never do. I would spend this on an original oil or acrylic painting if I loved it. It is beautifully framed and hanging on a wall that has open space around it. Here’s the link at

Shawn Faust head studies of horses caught the attention of Mr. Richard Golden, a prominent horse owner in Chesapeake City, MD and president of Northview Stallion Station. Northview is best know for standing Northern Dancer, one of the greatest thoroughbred stallions of all time. Mr. Golden commissioned Shawn to paint some of his prized thoroughbreds, including Polish Numbers and Tenski. As a result, news of his work spread throughout the Mid Atlantic Region and he was busy traveling to many different tracks and farms to perform portraits of some of the top thoroughbred in the country. Source Faust website at

Faust is currently recognized as one of the premier equine artist in America. He is a founding member of the Portrait Society of America and a Full member to the American Academy of Equine Art as well as an Associate member of OPA (Oil Painters of America). His work hangs in many prestigious corporate and private collections.

You Caught My Eye 003I feel like a million owning this very meaningful painting. Art is all in the eyes to Shawn Faust. I felt his heart flutter when I told him why I purchased the art. I fell in love with the horse’s eyes. Love at first sight!


Who says squirrels are not cute

babysquirrelThis photo is copyrighted but I don’t know who the photographer is. I downloaded it from Google animal photos. Today I was at Saratoga Community Garden. My intentions for the visit was to add raw vegetable scraps in the composter. I sat on a bench under the arbor listening to the peepers in the fall warm afternoon sun and enjoying the show before me.

sunflowerpollinatorsWhen I set my eyes on a raised garden bed in the distance, I noticed a brown squirrel in the path chewing on a yellow sunflower head that had fallen to the ground. The squirrel was enjoying a pleasant experience, but decided that he/she wanted to carry it out to a lawn area. At a distance, I watched as he devoired sunflower seeds. I mean this squirrel wasn’t going to stop eating till he/she ate all the seeds. It really was enchanting to watch.

Spend time outside and learn something new about the natural world. Nature calms us down and is healing.

Happy thoughts.