Welcome to the Equine Art Retreat hosted at Island Guest Ranch, unique and focused inspiration for Artists based on a Working Cattle Ranch. If you are thinking about attending an Art Retreat and love horses, you’re going to love this!

We offer fresh and exciting ways to observe the Horses and Ranch Culture. Focused activities such as Horse and Cattle drives, Working Cowboy Clinics, unique carefully selected observation areas, visits to Rodeos and a Traditional Native American Art Museum; ensure you are immersed in this unique experience providing a catalyst to deepen your creativity and Inspiration, all the while bing mentored and guided by our resident Artist Tony O’Connor. Tony will give you powerful one-on-one support, to make your painting goals a reality, faster than you thought possible.

We offer focused guidance within a flexible framework. Small groups of 10 ensure a more intimate experience with our Resident Artist with the emphasis on each individual journey. You can design your own perfect week, combining painting and photography together if you wish.   We don’t have a rigid itinerary, instead you’re encouraged to get stuck in and absorb the ranch, Native American culture while also indulging delicious food and of course engulfing yourself in beautiful horses and fabulous artists.


Island Guest Ranch was established in Oklahoma by the land runs of 1889 and 1893. It consists of several thousand acres of native grassland in northwest Oklahoma and is located on what was once an actual island in the Cimarron River.

This land would become open to settlement in the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. This stunning retreat provides you with the space, time and opportunity to unleash the artist  within that promises a holiday with a difference. This unparalleled diverse landscape is the perfect backdrop to stimulate your creativity and passion.

When Oklahoma was surveyed in 1873 and 1874, the island appeared on the survey plats which were used to establish the open land that was to be known as the Cherokee Outlet.  The Cherokee Tribe leased the 6 million acres of this land to the Cherokee Strip Cattlemen’s Association for 20 years prior to the 1893 land run.