Painting with Metro
How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush
by Ron Krajewski with Susy Flory
With all the magic and wonder of a Disney movie, Painting with Metro, by Ron Krajewski with New York Times bestselling author Susy Flory, weaves its spell in this inspirational story. Ron was a shy Gulf War Air Force veteran turned animal portrait artist. Metro Meteor was a feisty, bad-kneed Thoroughbred racehorse who seemed destined for the slaughterhouse.
They were an unlikely pairing but the two bonded through art: creating stunning contemporary abstract paintings, to be exact. Each painting brought much-needed strength, hope and a new lease on life to both man and horse. For Metro, painting became an escape from a death sentence; for Ron it meant overcoming his extreme introversion.
Today, Metro and Ron use their fame to highlight the perilous nature of the racing industry. Thousands of Thoroughbreds are bred for racing each year but, depending on the country, only 5 to 10 percent ever see a racetrack. Unless they are lucky enough to find another career, these horses are disposed of, typically at a slaughterhouse. To date, Metro’s paintings have raised over $50,000 for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and he and Ron are regulars on TV and in print, spreading the message that “Every horse deserves a loving home. Even ones with bad knees."
"A truly compelling read from first page to last...A
remarkable and ultimately inspiring true life story."
— Midwest Book Review
Ron Krajewski, a professional artist, took up drawing to pass the time while stationed with the Air Force in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Ron is committed to raising awareness for racehorse adoption and has raised over $50,000 for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Ron and Metro have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN and NPR and in TIME Magazine. Ron lives with his wife in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. She holds degrees from UCLA in English and psychology and has a background in journalism, education and communications.
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 320 pages
8-page full-color insert
LC #2015913635, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-512-0 (hc), $24.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-513-7 (eBook), $12.99