"SLEEP, NATURE'S REST, DIVINE TRANQUILITY. THAT BRINGS PEACE TO THE MIND." - Ovid
I often revisit images from trips that left a strong impression. A trip to the Great Basin Desert in Utah several years ago was one of those. It was in the Onaqui mountains that I first saw the iconic "Cremello" wild stallion - a beautiful subject for my wild horse artwork.
The "Cremello" had a large band consisting of colorful wild horses - the locals called it "The Tribe." Standing near a large watering hole with a few fellow photographers deciding where to explore next, the sound of "The Tribe" making their way to water reached our ears. We watched in awe as this band descended to the watering hole.
"Tranquility" was captured during the time I spent with "The Tribe." The "Cremello" slowly grazing with the soft breeze blowing his mane, not a care in the world.
It was quiet and peaceful. All was well.
This image is now part of our Onaqui collection.
As much as we would like to see all American wild horses and burros run free in their home ranges, reality is far different.
In 2019, the "Cremello" found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and was rounded up by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) along with several other mustangs, including the stallion called "Ghost." Fortunately, he was eventually rescued by Freedom Reins Equine Sanctuary who gave him safety and a forever home.
Please consider supporting the American mustangs by being their voice.
If you don't know where to start, below are a couple of great non-profits organizations who work tirelessly on behalf of the American wild horses.
An equestrian for most of her life, Maria combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American wild horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of several non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American mustangs.