Monday, October 7, 2013

Blue Eyed Mustangs of Sand Wash Basin HMA- Band Stallion Benson #453

5 by 7 Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
Prints available privately through

I first started following the Exploits of Benson through The Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses Page on Facebook and Nancy Roberts' blog about the herd when he was a bachelor stallion. Often Benson was  teamed up with Cowboy, another pinto stallion and sometimes Corona's crippled son, Tripod especially during the winters. This past winter Benson came into his own and now he is a force to be reckoned with as a band stallion.  Benson is a striking black pinto with a surprisingly innocent kindly bald face; however, faced with an adversary he becomes  a magnificent example  of power, strength and protectiveness as he watches over his band of mares and foals.

A special thanks to John Wagner for his reference photography. I have had an ongoing collaboration with John since 2011. When I sell a painting or print where one of his reference shots is used I save a portion out for him to continue his work of documenting the wild horses at Sand Wash Basin. You can purchase a signed print of this painting of Benson by contacting me directly at

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