Photo by T.J. Holmes.

Photo by T.J. Holmes.

Alice Billings is known as the Horse Lady. Meeting her, talking with her, you sense this immediately. It’s not the scruffy hat, or the manure-bottomed boots, or even the bits of hay in her hair. It’s the look in her eye when she talks about her beloved horses. Then you look at her art and there is no doubt, all that emotion and feeling, color and line, just leaps from the canvas and captures your heart. As it surely has captured hers. Her work is joyous, vibrant, alive. It’s interactive. Makes you want to throw out your arms and just plain, hug a horse!

It’s a joy she passes on to the children she works with. She is an educator, teaching art, along with horsemanship, at her ranch, Thunderheart Haven. She also teaches at local schools. Alice holds degrees in both art and music.