IT DOESNT TAKE LONG for Cholla to knock out a painting. A shake
of his deep black mane, a jiggle or two, and hes done.
Meet the latest star of the Reno art scene, a half-mustang equine
with an eye for form and a craving to create. Never mind that horses
can see only limited colors. Chollas owner, Renee Chambers, is
convinced his artistic vision is rare
and so are some art lovers.
Chambers taught Cholla to paint last May, and hes been cranking out
masterpieces ever since. Chambers picks the color scheme, but everything
else is up to Cholla, who knows just what to do when a brush reaches his
Now, when he sees me set the easel, he starts pawing the ground,
Chambers said. I load the brush with the paint. Then he takes the
brush from my hand.
Chollas work already is available in
Renos Alexandratos Gallery and
through several Web sites. But if you
want to adorn your wall with his
artistry, get your checkbook ready.
Original watercolors start at $600 and
limited edition giclees go for $85.
People think theyre priced high, but
you know what? Theyre staying high,
Chambers said. Go get your horse to
paint you a picture.
One things certain. Chollas a horse of a different color. Learn
more at artistisahorse.com.
Forrest Hartman is the arts editor and film critic for the Reno Gazette-Journal.