I remember that while I was riding across Mongolia back in 2017 in that year’s edition of the @mongolderby, any thoughts I had about the future centered upon a box of @prismacolor pencils.
My big brother had gotten me the set of colored pencils for my birthday just days before I headed off to the other side of the world for the adventure of a lifetime.
At that point in my life, self-discovery through limit-pushing challenge was my number one goal. And so I’d moved to the mountains in Wyoming, lived off-grid in Colorado for a while, and eventually (after a few years of this and that and Utah) decided to ride feral Mongolian horses across the Steppe in the world’s longest horse race.
Up until this point, I had never used color in any of my artwork.
Up until this point, I truly believed that I could neither understand nor communicate color.
An amazing facet of life is what you can come to understand when you were expecting to learn something entirely different.
Wherever you go, there you are—yes, that is true. And yet sometimes our external circumstances can exert such a sway on our souls that a channel is opened and we meet a facet of ourselves we didn’t yet know existed.
Every time I’ve delved into a challenge it’s been to make myself “stronger, tougher...” but I think this thought process is a folly of youth.
Strength and tenacity are just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. There is an infinite supply of wisdom and “things to be learned,” and there is absolutely no way to predict the lessons coming your way.
The Mongolian horses, culture, sunsets, landscape, wildlife, the Derby itself... all of it made me say, “F*ck it, I want to see the world in color.” The only message I have right now is this: Take on a challenge that you can only dream of completing.
Remain 100% open to the 1,000,001 ways that falling down, getting up, relishing in beauty, creating something new and destroying limitations can bring YOU closer to YOUR heart and soul.
There is no better place from which to learn.
Posted here is the first drawing I produced upon returning to the States from Mongolia back in 2017—“Mountains” ❤️