From childhood with a bucket of crayons and fistful of drawing paper, artist Karen Keene Day evolved through the years painting varied subjects, always including horses, using watercolor, mixed media, zinc etchings and, for the last fourteen years, acrylics on canvas as her mediums.
Since 1999 her passion for wild horses has taken precedence over all other subject matter. Her dedication to painting the horses to help raise the public’s awareness of wild horses has been her goal. From each sale she donates 3% of her commission to help the Spring Creek Wild horses in Disappointment Valley in Colorado.
Her inspiration comes from twelve years of traveling to different wild horse management areas (HMA) in the USA, to look for the wild horses, to observe and photograph them. Her primary focus has been in with the Spring Creek Herd in the desert region of Disappointment Valley in Colorado, located between Durango and Norwood, CO.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horses on the border of Montana and Wyoming in 1999 propelled Day into her journey as a “voice” for them. Sandwash Basin in Meeker, Little Bookcliffs, Ryan’s Gulch all in Colorado, and Marsh Tackies wild in Cumberland,GA. and St. Helena’s Island, S.C. are other HMA from which she has also drawn her painting sources and research.