Spirit of Freedom

Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.


Spirit of Freedom is a large Giclee print that has garnered extreme interest and popularity with collectors especially those with the wall space to hang this exceptional image. Taken from an original watercolor that once hung in the permanent collection of the P Buckley Moss Museum, the Giclee reproduction process is nearly a perfect recreation of the original. The giclee is a digital process that is produced by a large printer that “spits or sprays” the ink onto the archival paper or canvas recreating both color and texture of the original unlike any other printing process.

Moss’ horses are almost always created with flowing lines which is a characteristic of her style and this work is no exception. The flowing main and flaring nostrils indicate the pronounced power of the horse as well as the symbolism of freedom and sensuality. Early in her career during a show, a person asked her why she didn’t paint nudes and she pointed to one of her horses and said, “Look at that beautiful horse,” to which the gentleman replied, “Touche!”

The soft pastel colors in the background, the indication of landscape in the very minimalist way speak to Pat’s artistic training as a professional artist and lends to a visual style like no other. Those who are not aware of this artist often recognize either her horses or her geese even if they don’t know who she is!

Spirit of Freedom  |  Issued in 2001 |  Giclee on the finest quality paper
Image Size: 44 x 21-1/4 Inches. Paper Size 46 x 23-1/4 Inches | Edition: 250 and 25 Artist’s Proof


Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.                 Spirit of Freedom is a giclee limited edition print by P Buckley Moss printed on paper. Colorful pastel background of turquoise lemon yellows and corals. Stately horse ih shades of tans and browns.


Kentucky Derby Red Brings Out the Best in P Buckley Moss Art



It’s time to start planning your Run For The Roses gathering! I just love that expression and I love the Kentucky Derby.  All the hats and fancy dresses, tiny finger sandwiches, and of course, the excitement of the race!  I haven’t been, but it makes me happy to think of all the fun and excitement of being around horses.  If I had to pick a favorite that Pat Moss paints I would have to say that her horses are some of the most lovely and inspiring images to grace a wall.


Les Chevaux: Rare P Buckley Moss Art Print

“Les Chevaux”


Les Chevaux is a rare/sold out, limited edition print that was issued in 1984 depicting five horses in a typical Moss landscape.  Translated from the French, Les Chevaux, literally means “The Horses.”  Horses have been the partners of mankind since the earliest of times, even before spoken language as evidenced by the paintings in caves at Chauvet and also those at Lascaux.  The paintings at Chauvin-Pont-d’Arcy Cave in the Ardèche in the southern part of France are around 30,000 years old and those at Lascaux (France) are approximately 16,000 years old.

The five horses are painted with a wonderful technique that lends itself to art transparency.  The background is laid down first and the horses are then painted on the surface.  This transparency indicates that the horses have a connection to the earth and a spiritual presence and power in a visual symbolic way.  This is not a realistic representation of the horse, but rather a very stylized, modernist version.  The horses are composed from fluid line work and liquid color, both characteristics of Moss’ imagery.

The landscape behind the horses play an equally important part in the image as it is created from Moss’ classic Z-shaped brushstrokes that are used to create multiple horizon lines.  The use of the “Grand-Z” as it is known, is used to make it difficult to tell where earth and sky separate, and at points become one, creating a harmony within the landscape.

Les Chevaux, P. Buckley Moss. Issued in 1984

Image Size: 16 x 22-1/4 ins. Paper Size: 18 x 24-1/2 ins.   Edition: 1,000 and 25 artist’s proofs  RARE PRINT

Original Art – P Buckley Moss Horse Watercolor Paintings


The horse is a symbolic image that has been incorporated in the works of many artists throughout the history of art. Contemporary artists like P. Buckley Moss are no exception. Moss has long included the image of the horse as part of her visual repertoire and iconography.


In art the horse represents nobility, grace and strength. In ancient times, it was often a symbol for the spoils of war and it was viewed as a mystical or spiritual being. An entire month of the Chinese Zodiac is dedicated to the horse with characteristics of chivalry, practicality, love, devotion and stability. The Celtic people saw the horse as a symbol of fertility, victory, long life and wealth. The Romans attributed the qualities of power and honor to the horse.

Moss’ horses represent a spirit of freedom characterized by flaring nostrils and flowing manes. Most of her horses are painted as individuals in a full frontal position looking eye to eye at the observer.



The horse depicted is painted in a modernist style and not the realistic depictions that many assume is the style-mark of art. This image is characterized by Moss’ line work producing a very organic looking image.  The lines appear as branches working throughout the image.  The golden color represents spiritual wealth and abundance.

Gentle Soul: P Buckley Moss Limited Edition Art Print

Describes both the artist and her work

“Gentle Soul”



Gentle Soul is a portrait of one of Pat’s golden-hued horses looking quite quizzically at the observer, becoming the human presence in the image. The horse in Pat’s art is an important and easily recognizable form of iconography. Iconography is generally defined as the “subject” of the work of art. In the history of art the horse has been used as a symbol for thousands of years.  The horse is known to symbolize human sensuality, nobility, strength, and grace. For Moss, the horse specifically symbolizes a freedom of spirit characterized by the long flowing mane and flaring nostrils.

It is not only the horse that is part of Moss symbolism, the blue reflecting pond behind the horse is also symbolic representing the depth of the human soul. The mountain that rises up in the landscape creates depth and the trees lining the horizon are compositional elements used to break up the planes of space that appear throughout the image.  Moss’ style, known as the Valley Style, often contains these images of landscapes.  The style was named for the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where Moss raised her family and became the well-known artist she is today.


Gentle Soul   Issued in 2004.

Image Size: 37 x 23 ins. Paper Size: 39 x 25 ins.  Edition: 500 and 25 artist’s proofs

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The Suncatcher: P Buckley Moss Limited Edition Print




The painting, Suncatcher, hung in the artist’s Waynesboro, Virginia home for many years. The home, a renovated apple packing barn, has for many years been the location of quarterly signings by the artist at her residence. The original watercolor is a very large painting, but when printed in 2010 was printed in three sizes as a giclée.


As with most Moss art, Suncatcher is replete with symbolism.  The golden landscape defined by the “Grand-Z” the z-shaped brushstrokes that are part of Moss’ trademark style, create multiple horizon lines.  Parts of the paper are left without pigment, referred to as negative space, is used to create the light within the image.  The golden hues are symbolic of spiritual wealth or abundance.  The church visible on the far horizon is a symbol of faith; the barn is a symbol of a traditional lifestyle and indicates the human element that is simply insinuated by the presence of the buildings. 

Issued in 2010. Giclée on paper.

The Suncatcher giclee is available in three sizes.
Small:  Image Size: 18 x 12 inches
Medium:  Image Size: 36 x 24 inches
Large:  Image Size: 60 x 39-7/8 inches

For additional information about this print and other horses by P Buckley Moss, please follow this link.