Artist of the Moment: Charlie Mackesy
I first came across Charlie Mackesy’s drawings and profound, yet simple statements perusing Facebook. The image and his words struck a chord. It was a simple reminder to breathe and move through challenges one step at a time. Also, it resurfaced a reflection on the rooted connection between people and horses, our relationship with nature. It brought me hope in a dark time. I think a lot of people have been lifted by his book and his drawings over the last year.
Charlie Mackesy’s book, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse,” is a simple story of making it through the storms that blow through life with friends who are positive and encouraging. There is an overall theme of compassion and kindness that is poignant and touching. It portrays the reminder that the scary parts of life will pass, and sometimes it is good to pause and eat cake.
I particularly love the horse character because he is wise and affectionate, (and I love our equine friends). He makes the boy reflect and exhale. It reminds me of our relationships with horses and how they are a mirror of our own emotions. We must set intentions and be very aware of our emotional state before we work with them. To walk up to a horse in anger, or a state of anxiety, will get you nowhere. You must let go of external factors in your life and be completely in the present with them. They can teach you infinite lessons about yourself and how to react to stimulus around you. In this way they are some of the best counselors, (though probably more expensive.) I have always held the belief that working with horses taught me most of what I need about how to observe and interact with the world.
Mackesy’s simple messages also align with the growing field of cultivating compassion. Throughout education, human rights initiatives, and the development of mindfulness, empathy and compassion are hot topics. They are considered a sign of a person or society that is enlightened, and you can find science and philosophy showcasing the benefits of compassion in abundance these days. I commend this artist’s ability to provide such a loveable interpretation of these important expressions of emotion. In my mind, how better to do that than with a horse.
Check out Charlie Mackesy’s website here.
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