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It's been five years since I've owned a horse, and I've felt that absence, like a part of me isn't quite whole. Initially, I had planned to start looking for a horse after my first semester of grad school so that I could get comfortable with my schedule. But I can't wait that long. I know what I can spend and set my budget. The trainer I've been riding for this past year knows what I'm looking for, and I trust him to help me find the right match. 

When I sold Azteca, I had hoped to buy him back when I was ready to own a horse again. I went through an actual mourning period after selling him, and I think I've finally come out of that this past year. I've ridden dozens of different horses and don't feel the loss of Azteca as much as I miss the loss of the partnership. To me, this signifies that I'm ready to own again. I'm in a financially secure situation, have a plan that will ensure financial stability, and will be in one place for the next five years. I'll always be able to come up with excuses--it's a lot of money...I have to move for my internship...I'm getting married...I'm going to have kids...--But I can't listen to that anymore. Waiting until the "opportune time" will be a waste of time. However many years I wait, those years will pass anyway, and I'd rather they pass with an equine companion.

I need this. I need the horse, the competition, the partnership. This is a big decision, and it's the right decision. It's time to bring another horse into my life :heart: 
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Waltz" - The Naked and Famous
  • Reading: An Anthropologist on Mars - Oliver Sacks
  • Watching: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs


Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've always loved art and have enjoyed making art since I was about a year old (we have videos). Horses are my passion, and I competed in hunter/jumpers all through high school. Now that I'm back home, I've been able to start riding regularly again.

I graduated from Colgate University in 2012 with my B.A. in Psychology. I'm currently working at the University of Texas at Dallas in a research lab studying adolescent aggression and antisocial behavior. I plan to continue my education in graduate school to study psychopathy and earn my Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

I also love books, film, good wine, and an exciting hockey game. I am an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

My work schedule and other commitments keep me very busy, but I try to draw and post whenever I can. I'm always looking for constructive criticism and I try my best to respond to all comments. Enjoy my art :)

Current Residence: Texas
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Favourite genre of music: Indie. Classic Rock. Alternative. Progressive.
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Personal Quote: "And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite..."

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MichaelCopple Apr 2, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
You definitely got the right hockey team! I'm from about two hours north of Pittsburgh, so everything is Steel City for me. Thanks for the favorite on the pic.
SilverFlameWanderer Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :)

I went to my first game in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago (vs. Flyers). I'd seem them play in Ottawa, Buffalo, and Dallas, but hadn't been able to get to Consol. I had a blast and really loved the city. I'm hoping to go back for another game or two next season. We were only there for a day and a half, so we didn't get to see and do too much other than explore some of the restaurants and area around the arena. 

Here's hoping for a deep playoff run this year! :penguin: :trophy:
MichaelCopple Apr 2, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rock On - Growing my beard waiting for the Stanley!
littlewillow-art Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for the fave! :heart:
Thanks for the :+fav:. Your art is gorgeous, keep it up!
SilverFlameWanderer Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
Thanks for the Fav!
Oneindige-Kansen Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SilverFlameWanderer Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Saw your journal before I saw this! So happy you're back!
Oneindige-Kansen Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Er, "This page" being my page. :P
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