This is one of a
series of paintings
by Robert Butler
turn-of-the-century scenes from twelve
of Florida's major
All narratives accompanying the paintings were written by Robert Butler.
All rights reserved by the artist.
Beekeeping in the Pines
If one could paint a picture of grace in motion, it would be a horse.
It has been eulogized in mans art for millennia, and many have considered its attributes sublime, whether in war and peace or companionship.
The dog may be mans best friend perhaps only because man domesticated it first, but few creatures have had such an impact on human history as the horse.
It runs like the wind and laughs at its pursuers, it rides into battle with fearlessness and makes its owner proud and powerful.
It delights in the companionship of man, always eager to please.
The horse made its debut as mans companion thousands of years ago. Through selective breeding, man has altered its appearance to suit his many needs a process still ongoing at the threshold of the 21st century.
It seems whether in peace or peril, the horse is always a loyal compadre for all times.
© Robert Butler 1999