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  The Trail of Painted Ponies began in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000 as a popular public art exhibition that invited the best artists of the Southwest to imaginatively transform life-size horses into works of art. These stunning works of art enchanted thousands of people and at auction generated close to 1 million dollars for philanthropic organizations.

Exquisitely crafted figurines, inspired by the original Painted Ponies, were then created in a special collectible size. Since there introduction to the marketplace in 2003, they have become one of the hottest collectibles in America. It is changing the way the world sees and collects art. Denise was one of the finalists in The 2006 Trail of Painted Ponies National Art Competition. Read more below about the competition.

These original hand painted Ponies by Denise Brown are the result of the "Pony Expressionism" art movement. None of the horses below are currently being produced by The Trail of Painted Ponies.

Size:  The resin figurines are 6" tall and 8 1/2" long.

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Explorers Pony Hideot
Buggy Rendezvous Ghost Horse
Buggy Rendezvous Ghost Ponies
River Crossing My Old Kentucky
River Crossing My Old Kentucky
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Photo taken just before Abenaki headed west to Scottsdale.
My Indian pony's story is about the life forces and critters, man and beast, that an Indian pony might encounter in his lifetime.

My Indian pony's name is Abenaki. The word "Abenaki" is the group name of the many tribes of New England which includes Mohawk, Iroquois, Huron, St. Francis and about 20 others. It originates from the Indian word meaning "people of the dawn", or where the sun rises in the east.
spacerPORTSMOUTH – Seacoast New Hampshire artist Denise Brown, has been selected as one of 20 finalists in the 2006 “Trail of Painted Ponies” national art competition. Brown is the only New England artist to be selected in this top 20.
    Denise now has 2 months to adapt her 2-dimensional design into 3-dimensions. Denise received a 2.5’ by 2’ bonded marble pony sculpture on which her winning design will be painted on. The horse must be delivered back to The Trail of Painted Ponies in Scottsdale, Arizona by the end of March. The artists of the painted ponies will then be eligible for ten additional prizes based on the jury and the coveted web visitors' People's Choice Award. Over the coming months, photographs of the artists’ works-in-progress will be posted on the Trail of Painted Ponies web site. All of America is eligible to vote. That voting will take place on the website during April of 2006, and will be followed by a gala unveiling of all twenty winning artworks at a spring 2006 event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The winning pony with go on a one year tour across America and be reproduced as the next Trail of Painted Ponies sculpture. Details will be published on the Trail of the Painted Ponies web site at
    Word about the competition spread like wildfire across the country, due in large part to "Southwest Art Magazine," which ran two-page spreads in its August, September, October and November issues featuring news of the competition. Design submissions came in by the hundreds.
     Headlines from across the country and around the world have proclaimed that “The Trail of Painted Ponies has taken the country by storm, creating a resurgence in collecting”. Giftbeat Magazine, which tracks the product pulse of the gift industry, has awarded The Trail of Painted Ponies the distinction of #1 collectible. The Trail of Painted Ponies began in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a popular public art street exhibition and these beautifully painted horses have become the rage.
    Denise is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a member of the Seacoast Art Association and the Durham Art Association. She is often commissioned for watercolor paintings of architecture and pets. She is the artist and co-author of Ted Gets Out, a local coloring book character. Denise and her husband, John O’Sullivan, have operated Ad-Cetera Graphics, a graphic design business, since 1980.
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