Probably the most often used image of a creature in art, regardless of culture, is the horse.  Horses have captivated artists since our ancient ancestors first put their images on stone in cave paintings.  It is hard to conceive of another creature blessed with the equine’s attributes of beauty, endurance, speed and strength that have been prized by so many civilizations. Once reintroduced in North America by the Spaniards, this exquisite animal allowed the Plains Indian Cultures to reach their zenith.  Mardon’s use of a stylized Etruscan horse in these paintings emphasizes the beauty of this animal, and his bold color and exquisite design help enhance what I feel is most universally appealing work.