Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Music Country Grand Prix 2017

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 3rd for the 29th Annual Music Country Grand Prix  at the beautiful Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN

 This is a premier equestrian show jumping event benefitting “Saddle Up!” Therapeutic Riding Programs.

 Seen here is my oil painting of last year’s winner, “David Jennings and Donegue”  (inspired by a photo reference by Lili Weik.)

Want to attend ?  For more information call 615-794-1150 or go to

Friday, January 27, 2017

One week until 2017 Lipscomb Academy Art Event!

Happy to be included again in the Lipscomb Academy Art Event here in Nashville.  It will be held over the weekend of Feb 3 – 5 at Lipscomb Academy on at 3901 Granny White Pike.  Here is the link for more information:

Shown above is fresh off the easel and headed to the Art Event.  Titled “A Familiar Path” and is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas.  Many thanks to the Fox family that occasionally takes up residence in my own backyard…great inspiration!  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mary Lynne Walker and Coach

This painting was a surprise for Mary Lynne Walker from her husband Brian Johnson (who by the way, just celebrated their one year anniversary!) 

Mary Lynne and Brian are avid foxhunters.  Brian really thought ahead on this one.  He worked with me to get the right painting that he had in his imagination onto the canvas.  Here is Mary Lynne and her now retired horse , Coach.  She is wearing her colors earned as a staff member of Beechgrove Hunt here in Tennessee.  Many wishes for happy hunting for them both in the years to come!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Divine Fortune, Loving His Job"

It's been a year since the Steeplechasing world lost one of their stars.  Following Divine Fortune and his many victories and watching the heart and soul of a champion here at the Iroquois Race Day was a privilege over these past years.  I'm so glad I got to follow his story even though from afar.  I had a chance to see how much this horse was LOVED by Keri Brion Wolfsont and all of his connections.  I only had a chance to experience Fortune from behind the lens of my camera, but he was an inspiration. When I had some time to choose a painting that I wanted to do and was not commissioned to do....I knew it had to be Divine Fortune.  So here he is, inspired by that rainy day here in Nashville with Darren Nagle riding....ears up and ready to run.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Music Country Grand Prix for SADDLE UP!

Here is my oil on linen painting of Colleen Acosta and Diamond.  They were last year's winners of the Music Country Grand Prix at Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN.  This Saturday will be the 2016 Music Country Grand Prix again...a wonderful event to support SADDLE UP! Nashville's premier therapeutic Riding program located in Franklin, TN.  It may be a little rainy this weekend, but that never stops horse lovers, we all know that!  Find your rain boots and come on out and support this worthy cause!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fresh off my Easel... Bay My Hero and William Fox Pitt

I was able to finish this painting before Rolex after all!  It is a 16 x 20 Oil on linen. It was inspired by seeing this winning team compete at Rolex in 2014. 

Carol Gee of Fernhill Sport Horses introduced me to Catherine Witt a few years ago after Parklane Hawke's win at Rolex. This was a painting that I wanted so much to complete as I'm a big fan of Catherine Witt's horses ( in this case Bay My Hero) and William Fox Pitt. I am hoping this painting acts as a big shout out for his continued success as he comes back into competition after his injury last year. 

Eventers are T O U G H and resilient athletes and an inspiration to us all for working through life's ups and downs. Best of luck and safe trips to all our competitors this year!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

More Wise words...this time from Richard Schmid.....

"If what you choose to paint comes from the heart, and you are skillful enough, it will resonate somehow within someone else.  It is absurd to imagine that the magnitude of a work is somehow connected to the accepted importance of its subject (or the artist)...  Let your subject come from within you and be a simple act of sharing .  In a sense, every work you do is a self-portrait because your paintings always reveal more about you than about your subject.  Your experience of something, not the something itself, is the true underlying subject of every work you do.  Ultimately, that is how your work, or that of any other artist, will be judged."   
Richard Schmid