Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Matter of Trust, by Robin Truelove Stronk

A Matter of Trust
By Robin Truelove Stronk
Oil on canvas, donation to the Horsetenders organization

Robin Truelove Stronk, a newcomer to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, was a veterinarian for more than 35 years before retiring three years ago and turning to art. She writes that she has dedicated herself this year to giving generously to organizations she cares about, and not worrying too much about selling her art. She is thankful to be in a position to do this for a while, and we are thankful to receive her gorgeous portraits.

Here is what she writes about this painting, and Horsetenders: 

"A Matter of Trust" was created for the HorseTenders organization, a group that rescues, trains and re-homes mustangs. Many of the horses they take are  considered cast-offs or untrainable and are destined to be double branded. This condemns them to a life of unending boredom in small paddocks. Their Mustang Project is becoming widely recognized and applauded. They can be seen at I am continually amazed at the depth and quality of training and care that these animals receive. I tried to sum this up in the look in the eye of one of their mustangs - it's all about the trust that they inspire in their charges."

I love the rich colors of this painting, and its depth. I love the cropping that makes the eye the central focus of the piece. And that eye - it shows fear and trust, fight and flight, and the very soul of the horse. What a beautiful piece! 

To find out more about Robin, to see more of her work and read more of her story, please visit her website,

I'm thrilled that she's painting with us!

- Carrie


  1. A beautiful painting with depth of expression. Thank you!

  2. This is so cool! It’s amazing how we have come far enough in society to see the real meaning of this animal. Before it would have been shot and that would have been it. Things have changed so much today.

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