You might think there are only two subjects in this image, but really, there are three: the Lone Ranger toy, the rocking horse, and the shadows. The shadows (double-cast in some places) provide a mythic quality to the scene - the ideal tone to reflect the character of a hero on horseback.
To get the shadows and shading to be this dramatic, I used three kinds of soft interior lighting - tilting each one to provide a different angle on the lasso and big horse’s ears. The resulting warm glow is exactly what I was looking for.
I entered the original painting of Hi Yo Silver into the Art Renewal Center 2014-15 International ARC Salon show and competition - and was delighted when it won the Rehs Contemporary Gallery Award. I was selected to be part of a group show held in October 2016 in New York City.
Rocking horse lovers: note the special attention to detail the maker of this toy took - there are leather stirrups and reins, and even a tapestry saddle blanket under the saddle!
Finally, if you are Lone Ranger fan, you can see a more closeup view of this toy in my print Sunset Trail.