This painting is titled “Assateaque Twins” and is based on several reference pictures found on the Internet showing individual, families, and herds of the horses living on Assateaque Island. I hope I was able to capture some of the beauty of these magnificent animals in this painting. Assateaque is known for the habitat of wild ponies that at times actually share the beach area with vacationers visiting the Maryland or Virginia area.

Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of the Delmarva Peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean. The northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

In addition to the beach, there are several hiking, paddling, and cycle trails. Regardless of recreational selection made, you always have to be alert for wild horses that live on and have freely roomed the island since the 17th century. At times, they may share their recreational space with you.

An annual “pony swim” takes place the last Wednesday of July each year. Hundreds of ponies swim from Assateaque to Chincoteague Island through the Assateague Channel. The swim is overseen by Chincoteague Island firemen known as “Saltwater Cowboys”. 

Perhaps this painting can help you imagine yourself sharing the beach with these wonderful animals.

Please take a look at the “Interest-And-Influence-Photos” page. I think you’ll not only enjoy the painting titled “Ponies of Assateaque Island” by Ally Benbrook but also enjoy reading about how Ally and her husband proved you are never too old by starting new careers that involve art and a distillery.

I’m pleased to announce that the above painting titled“Annapolis Snow Day” has been selected from close to 300 entries to be included in the Mitchell Art Gallery’s Exhibit “Image and Imagination”. The exhibit dates are May 23, 2019 to June 9, 2019. The exhibit opens at noon on May 23rd and an artist reception will be held from 5 – 6:30 PM that same day. The exhibit is part of “Annapolis Arts Week” that takes place throughout Annapolis June 1 – 8, 2019. Go to https://annapolisartsweek.com/ for additional information about Annapolis Arts Week”.

Mitchell’s Art Gallery is part of St John’s College in Annapolis, MD. The address is: 60 College Ave, Annapolis MD 21401. Additional information can be found at https://www.sjc.edu/annapolis/mitchell-gallery/exhibits-and-programs.

 The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has selected “Stretch Run” a painting inspired by the 2018 Preakness in Baltimore, MD for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Exhibit 25, titled“Movement”. The show officially opened  March 18, 2019 and will run until July 17, 2019. The exhibit is located at BWI airport between concords “C” and “D”.

"Stretch Run" is shown below.

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