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The Mystique of Wild Horses

“WILD HORSES! Even if you have never seen one, chances are if you grew up in the United States you know what they mean. They are freedom. They are independence. They are the ragtag misfits defying incredible odds. They are the lowborn outsiders whose nobility springs from the adversity of living a simple life. In short, they are American. Or at least they are what we tell ourselves we are, and what we aspire to be.” - David Phillips, Wild Horse Country

"Duke", a determined stallion from the Pine Nut mountains in Nevada exhibits intense focus, heading into the wind.

MUSTANGS have long been an iconic symbol of the American West and hold a special place in the American identity. Their untamed spirit and rugged beauty have inspired countless works of art and literature, as well as capturing the hearts of many Americans. It's my belief that the mystique surrounding wild mustangs stems from their ability to survive and thrive in harsh environments; they are persistent survivors, and their free-roaming nature speaks to the freedom and independence that is deeply ingrained in American culture.

Rising repeatedly from hard fought battles, this McCullough Peaks wild stallion's scars clearly display his fortitude and determination.

ART has played a significant role in the way that the ideal of wild mustangs has become ingrained in the American identity. Captivated by their majestic beauty and freedom, artists’ depictions of wild mustangs have helped to solidify their place in the American consciousness. Through art, we are able to see ourselves more clearly. And in the art of the wild, we see part of ourselves reflected, as the wild mustangs represent qualities that we value as Americans: freedom, independence, and strength.

"Your marvel amazes. Your mystique invokes. Your magnificence entrances." - Neena Verma

The magnificent wild stallion, known as "Mystique", with wind-tangled mane

on the Fish Springs range.

THE ART THAT CELEBRATES WILD HORSES also serves as a reminder of the importance of their preservation into the future. By immersing ourselves in art that features wild mustangs, we are able to connect more deeply not only with the natural world, but with our American identity.

pine nut wild horse advocates logo

Today I'd like to introduce you to the

In a nutshell, their mission is to educate the community about the mustangs, their program and to raise awareness and financial support and maintain the health and safety of the wild horse population of the Pine Nut Mountains.

a photo of a wild horse hanging on a wild next to a table


Our studio is here to assist you on your art buying journey every single step of the way - from advising on image selection for your home or office that fits your style and budget, to creating a mock-up of works in your space and helping you with framing options.

"UNTAMED" | Limited Edition

With the approach of another stallion, this McCullough Peaks mustang rears up, displaying power, strength and beauty.


wild horse photographer Maria Marriott displays a large canvas of one of her photographhs

An equestrian for most of her life, award winning photographer Maria Marriott combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American mustangs and the healing power of horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American wild horses and promote healing through equine therapy.



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