Adrian Martinez has painted three murals for the White House
- August 31, 2020
- By Staff Writers
Growing up in Washington, D.C., horses were unusual.
These “strange” animals only appeared in force during Presidential inaugurations, and I never missed a chance to see the mounted park police along Pennsylvania Avenue as the black limousines slowly drove by.
Pondering these military horses while walking to school one morning, I was suddenly confronted with an enormous brown leg.
Holding my ground and daring to look up, before me loomed a horse of stupefying size.
A magnificent Clydesdale in a gleaming brass and leather harness stood completely at ease ,unperturbed by the roaring traffic - an appearance not entirely of this world for a small boy.
Decades later ,as a full-time artist in Texas, a large commission required hands-on experience working cattle with the legendary Waggoner Ranch cowboys.
The sweat, danger, red dirt, and screaming cattle showed me another kind of magic - men and horses becoming one.
With the election of President Bush, I was back in D.C.
Over the next eight years I painted three murals for the White House.
One afternoon in the Oval Office, the President and I were discussing art in general and horse painting in particular.
It occurred that my life with art and horses had come full circle.
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