artist posing with her painting, touching the rainbow of pastels in front of her
Kim Lordier in her studio with pastel palette and her painting, “Orchestral Arrangements”.

How do you find inspiration?
Kim Lordier: Often times inspiration appears at a critical juncture in life and sparks a new series. And at times I am compelled to seek it out. Last year we went on the hunt to find and photograph the wild horses of the Onaqui herd just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. A horse fanatic since birth, the opportunity to see these magnificent and hardy animals in person was magical and tragic at the same time, knowing that the mustangs were to be rounded up by helicopters and placed in holding pens too populated for any kind of humane treatment two weeks after our sojourn. I feel it is important to tell the story, and look for more humane ways to manage these over populated herds.

My painting, “After Nine Days” was named after the song by America “A Horse with No Name”. I kept singing it in my head while creating this piece. I grew up listening to it on the radio and remember feeling this beautiful melancholy wash over me every time I heard it play. When coming up with a title I did a little research on the song, and read that the writer, Dewey Bunnell, says “A Horse with No Name” was “a metaphor for a vehicle to get away from life’s confusion into a quiet, peaceful place.” I cannot tell you how appropriate this feels for the state of, well, everything right now.

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pastel painting of 4 horses walking along a hillside, during sunset
Kim Lordier, “After Nine Days”, pastel on archival board, 24 x 36 in., 2022. Part of the Onaqui herd heading into the sunset after quenching their thirst at the watering hole. Available, January 3-22, 2023 at the Coors Western Art Show in Denver, Colorado.
pastel painting of horses standing at the base of a mountain during winter
Kim Lordier, “Powder Blue and Mahogany”, pastel on archival board, 24 x 30 in., 2022. Available through Illume Gallery West, Philipsburg, Montana.


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