Adventure, Animals, Art

America – Forgotten Echos of the Past

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“An American Icon”       Mark Schutter ©2010        Watercolor Pencils

The American Bison is a true original and its image takes us back to a seldom remembered past when they roamed freely over the land prior to their decimation almost to extinction at the hands of man. In this image from my goal was to capture the simple beauty, strength and majesty of this truly magnificent animal. 

So much of history is lost to the echoes and which version of history depends on who is telling it. Each side has an agenda in which the truth can easily get lost. We forget that we all are from somewhere and traveling our paths around this spinning green ball hurtling through space and time. 

We lift up people for one good act then tear them down for one bad one. We admire the thought and criticize the action that follows.

If we were to measure the worth of every human being on whether they never fell short, all would fall short. Only Jesus Christ walked this earth not committing a sin. We lie to others, hiding the truth even from ourselves that we would never do such a thing. For we are better than them. Are we really?

Aren’t we all just sinners, and don’t we all need saving? That is where our commonality lies, that it is only by grace that we can find healing.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #GraceChangesPeople

Happy 4th of July America!

We can and must be better than this!

Adventure, Animals, Art, Life

July 4th Images

The above are a few images that I have completed over the years of patriotic American themes.  In honor of this American holiday, I thought I would simply share them with my viewers.  Most have been previously posted on my blog and are linked to the original post.  I am proud to be an American regardless of what is currently occurring within and outside this great nation.  Be blessed this day and be safe! ~M

Adventure, Animals, Art

Violet Liberation

Violet LiberationNot sure what to say about this little painting other than it simply flowed easily from the end of my brushes.  I only had the simple design of the horse shape but no expectation of colors until I started to paint.  I like the freedom of this design (and the colors :)) it reminds me of the tragedy of the wild horses of the American West and how they are slowly losing their freedoms and their very lives.

These iconic animals represent America in the freedoms we all enjoy and should remain a fixture on our landscape for future generations.  To show your support please like the page Protect Mustangs on Facebook, follow Protect Mustangs on Twitter and visit the webpage –

Protect Mustangs™

Education, outreach and action to protect America’s native wild horses™

Adventure, Animals, Art

American Icons – Echos of the Past

GU372“An American Icon”       Mark Schutter ©2010        Watercolor Pencils

The American Bison is a true original and its image takes us back to a seldom remembered past when they roamed freely over the land prior to their decimation almost to extinction at the hands of man.  I tried to capture the simple beauty, strength and majesty of this truly magnificent animal.  This was previously painted a few years ago but the 4th of July got me to thinking about our great country so thought I would post it here.  Enjoy! ~M