Why I do this!

fred-finalI spent last Thursday through Sunday at the Michigan State Spartan Stampede Rodeo, tending my booth. I was there last year, and as a result of that appearance one of the Rodeo Club members commissioned this portrait of Fred, who had been her grandfather’s horse, as a Christmas present.

This year she stopped by my booth to let me know that she had given the portrait to her grandfather at Christmas, and when he saw it–he cried. Now I can’t remember anything I’ve ever done in my lifetime that made a man cry, but I have to say that it was such a reward for me to know that somebody was so moved by something I created for them that they expressed that kind of ultimate emotion. This is why I do this! I love making people happy, and I know that even though he was crying, that gentleman was very, very happy to have this memento of the horse he spent nearly 30 years with. Tears of joy, I’ll take them any time!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to Why I do this!

  1. I can see all those memories in Fred’s face of your great portrait and it sounds like it was a great weekend.


  2. Bravo Alli! Well done.


  3. Gina Ayersman says:

    Definitely reminds me of my experience receiving Eden’s portrait, I cherish it everyday!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Gina, so nice to hear from you! Eden gets seen by many people every time I do a show–she’s right near the top of my sample book. Every now and then the opportunity comes up to tell her story as I chat with folks who have just lost a horse. It seems like there are a few folks out there who had a horse they lost track of and then happily found again!


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