Drivers’ eyes are drawn to the mural on Lady Hawk Feed Store at the corner of Main Street and Camino del Llano in Belen.
A scene from the animated movie “Spirit: Stallion of Cimerron” has been captured on the wall by artist Genieve Apple.
Apple expresses her love for horses, animals and the cowboy way of life through her artwork, using various mediums.
“I like finding wood and metal that has character, to build my work around or on,” the Bosque resident said. “My paintings on shovels and saws are my bread and butter.”
The self-taught artist displays her work at Kokopelli on NM 47 in Peralta and Arroyo Feed on NM 47 in Belen.
“I started drawing horses while in school,” said the Boulder, Colo., native. “I’ve always done some form of art as relaxation from work. I’ve always been busy around the house doing projects.”
Besides painting on metal and canvas, Apple sculptures miniature western scenes in clay.
“I enjoy the way my pieces take on a life of their own,” she said. “While painting one of my horses, wings formed in the artwork. The horse died before the painting was completed, and I’ve just left it the way it was.”