Michelle Twohig
art to bring your happy place inside

ABOUT

Graphic/web designer turned artist.
Fly fisher turned horsewoman.
Always been in awe
and in love
with nature and horses.

MINDFULNESS, TRANSFORMATION & HYGGE
Cultivating stillness in a busy world with art.
 Create a haven in your home or office
as your on-demand happy place.

Then...

Then...

"Please, puhleeeze can we find some horses?" was my routine request when my family went on vacation. Being with horses, surrounded by mountains and trees, was my happiest of all happy places. I looked into each horse's eyes to check on his or her spirit, hoping to connect, deep down. I savored every moment and lost all track of time. These experiences shaped where I now live and how I spend my time.

Thirty years as a graphic, then web, designer taught me to find the human connection below the surface of even the driest business subjects and now, as a fine artist, I edit my images solely to emphasize that connection.

My muse is the orphaned horse I rescued in 2006. A lonely, frightened, biting mess, he shouted with his body language after being disregarded for so long. To stay safe, I had to stay focused, but my artist eyes wanted to gawk and my child's heart looked for any way to connect.

We finally found that way together, at liberty. By allowing him his freedom and a say in what we did together, he began to trust me. This remarkable change in attitude began our connection. I was inspired to create art of horses at liberty only, emphasizing the beauty I see in each horse's energy, attitude, expression and physical detail. This is their magnificence.

Drawn to the magnificence of the horse, humans have historically tried to harness, direct and mold it to fit a "discipline," largely without giving the horse a voice. I specifically want to hear that voice, and since horses speak with their bodies, I listen to them with my eyes.

My equine art is the result of wanting more to see who they are than record what someone taught them to do. I truly hope it inspires horse lovers and owners to connect with the magnificence that draws them to horses.

And speaking of magnificence, Nature surrounds us with it. I am inspired by the metaphors for human experience that I find in it. She awes me with her sweeping vistas but it's her astounding details that hold my attention the longest. They melt away all tenseness and mind chatter preoccupation for me; I hope my art of Nature gives you a sense of relaxed attentiveness, emotional renewal and rejuvenation—all happy place feelings.

I also hope my art inspires you to create an on-demand happy place in your home. After creating my own home haven, I've put some simple steps for creating your own into a free downloadable pdf. I promise you will love the difference it makes inside you, and inside your home!

P.S. Each purchase from this site will benefit a horse rescue or nature conservancy organization. If any of my ideas spark an idea or a question or a special commission request, please click the button below and let's...

...and now. Photo by TriMood Photography

...and now. Photo by TriMood Photography