I had assumed, like petticoats and roller skates, my horse crazy days were long behind me. The summer 2009, living next door to a horse named Cassidy, rekindled many childhood memories and desires. I guided Cassidy's walk and trot across paper and canvas. Interwoven among the horse tracks I traced river rocks and listed words.

Back in Raleigh I start the paintings in my studio. Words hint of stories, of place, conditions or interactions. They may be included at any stage in the process or not at all. When I take the pieces to a nearby farm I work with the horses and their tracks record the process. The individual stride, rhythm, the size and pressure of the mark are unique to each horse. Many trips between studio and farm are required before the paintings are mounted on a stretcher. The drawings were photographed on a black background.

Land Marks
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, graphite, oils on canvas
Buckskin
2010
ink, graphite, oils on canvas
50" x 28"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, acrylic, oils on canvas
Summer Haze
2010
ink, acrylic, oils on canvas
56" x 28"

Marty Baird Land Marks oil on canvas
Sold DotChestnut
2011
oil on canvas
28" x 28"
Marty Baird Land Marks oil on canvas
Sold DotAsk Soften
2011
oil on canvas
36" x 30"

Marty Baird Land Marks oils, graphite, wax, sand on canvas
Sold DotHead Up
2011
oils, graphite, wax, sand on canvas
28" x 24"
Marty Baird Land Marks oils, wax, sand on canvas
Sold DotPaddock
2011
oils, wax, sand on canvas
30" x 30"

Marty Baird Land Marks oils, wax on canvas
Sold DotTrack On
2011
oils, wax on canvas
46" x 26"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, acrylic, oils on canvas
On Center Line
2011
ink, charcoal, acrylic, oils on canvas
60" x 28"

Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal on paper
Sold Dotsummer
2011
ink, charcoal on paper
30" x 22"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
Paint Pony
2011
ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
30" x 22"

Marty Baird Land Marks in, charcoal, graphite on paper
Rocky Trail
2011
in, charcoal, graphite on paper
36" x 22"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
Dappled Shade
2011
ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
36" x 22"

Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
More Mesa
2011
ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
30" x 22"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
Mesa
2011
ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
30" x 22"

Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, powdered pigment on paper
Birthday Wish
2011
ink, charcoal, powdered pigment on paper
30" x 22"
Marty Baird Land Marks ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
Sold DotShady
2011
ink, charcoal, graphite on paper
30" x 22"

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