When people say it’s just a horse, they don’t understand.
When I saw Emily Mandel perched on her beloved horse Raja, I saw a world where possibility reigns. Sadly, Raja is no longer on this plane of existence, but there is no doubt Emily’s love for this creature lives on.
Following on Emily’s playful dressing of Raja as a unicorn I found my inspiration to take the painting to another level. Raja officially became a unicorn and a symbol of enchantment ensued. Raja lives on indeed! I added in the presence of the white butterfly, which in Chinese symbology recognizes the soul of a departed loved one. White butterflies also mean angels are watching over us and that we are protected.
So, whatever your belief on magic, keep in mind that some things cannot be easily explained and that there are moments of awe we should never dismiss. As Raja reminds us, he’s not just a horse. He’s something so much more. Enjoy!