ROCKY RIDGE, Md. -- He's not Picasso, he's Metro -- and he may be the best-selling artist in the area right now.
By the way, he's a racehorse.
A former racehorse, actually; crippled by bad knees that ended his career after 8 wins and $300,000 in prize money racing at tracks like Belmont and Saratoga. He was known as Metro Meteor back then.
How did he transition from the oval to canvas?
He was adopted by Ron and Wendy Krajewski, of Gettysburg. Metro now resides at Motters Station Stables in Rocky Ridge, Md., where he paints several times a week with Ron, an artist, who had the idea of teaching the horse how to do it. "He used to just bob his head up and down when we first got him off the track," said Ron.
After leaning how to grasp a brush, Metro took it from there.
"You can see how impatient he gets when he doesn't have a brush," added Ron.
Don't forget, he's still a horse, though; he splattered paint on CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol and photojournalist David Oliver while creating his latest masterpiece.
He's no Picasso, but Metro's work is abstract, as well.
The bigger picture is much more clear.
Proceeds from each painting go to Metro's care -- and horses just like him waiting to be adopted.
"There's a huge need," said trainer Bridget Dougherty of Motters Station Stables. "Thousands every year go into adoption centers looking for a home."
Metro's artwork sells for $40-$300 -- when its in stock. In the three weeks Metro's been painting, all of his pieces have sold, according to Ron.
After racing through life, Metro can now just stand, relax and paint.