Monday, December 31, 2012
Hello 2013, glad to meet you head on and with a grateful heart for all the family and friends in my life.
Posted here is my latest portrait of a wonderful woman with her Tennessee Walker and Australian Shepherd. She has rescued and worked tirelessly for the welfare of abused horses in our state and surrounding counties. You couldn't find a person with a bigger heart. My favorite thing about doing portraits is meeting people and getting to know them through the process. It was an honor to paint this for her. It was the last portrait commission that I completed for the year.
As for Lakehill Studio....I'm looking forward to some new opportunities and directions for 2013. Some known and for sure some unknown to me at the moment.....
More on all that as the months start rolling by! So for now..... Happy New Year !
Friday, October 5, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
To fill my promise to post some of the paintings that were at Belle Meade Plantation this summer, here is "TAX RULING" ( with Darren Nagle in the irons ). This painting was inspired by Tax Ruling's first win at the 2010 Iroquois Steeplechase. The size is 20 x 24. Tax Ruling also won the Iroquois in 2011. In 2010 it was a sunny beautiful day and the light brought out the warmer tones in this beautiful horse's coat. On cloudier days he appears a much darker bay color....stunning either way !
Mr. Irv Naylor is the owner of this impressive horse among many other successful horses in the steeplechase world. I also painted "Chess Board", another of Mr. Naylor's horses for last year's solo show. Mr. Naylor's story is inspiring to say the least and if you'd like to read more about this amazing man, here's a link to a story written about him in the "Pennsylvania Equestrian" by Terry Conway in 2011.
Do you love to read about and follow Steeplechasing ? Here's the link to THE place to find out
all you need to know.... The Steeplechase Times.....http://www.st-publishing.com/cms2/
The second shot here is a look at the space at the Belle Meade Art Gallery in the Visitor's center just before the show opened this June. I've been informed that I have another spot for my 4th solo show there in 2013....needless to say, I was very happy with that news!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
happy with a little grazing time.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I have to share a fun story of what happened in the middle of the evening. Last week I posted the image of the painting titled “Iroquois Rain Gear” which appeared on the show’s postcard invitations that went out to Belle Meade's mailing list. A person who received the card thought she recognized the women and asked her daughter, “Don’t you know these women?” Yes, she did and passed the invitation onto the person in the red dress! So, she in turn decided to gather her two friends and dress in the exact same outfits as they had on at the Steeplechase in 2011, boots and all. We never met each other that rainy day that I snapped the photo reference. Because of the rain I didn't want to make them stop and talk etc...so I had no idea of the identity of my subjects. They arrived as a surprise at the opening last night! And surprise they did.... It was a really fun moment. I can’t stop smiling thinking about it!
Friday, June 1, 2012
The painting shown here is called "Iroquois Rain Gear", an 8x10 oil. When I am shooting reference shots at the Iroquois Steeplechase, I force myself to occasionally turn from the gorgeous horses and stay on the lookout for some of the attendees in their spring finery. Last year it was a rainy, grey day ...but that never stops true steeplechase fans, they just don their boots and go along like the weather doesn't matter!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I recently completed this painting for a lovely family near Knoxville, TN. We connected at the Webb School Art show (Artxtravaganza) and they commissioned me to do a portrait of their daughter and her horse. It was a joy to paint. A fun aspect was painting Taylor’s red hair and Tig’s chestnut coat. What a great match they make! It warms my heart to see a former racehorse successfully transition to another home and career and best yet, live with a family that loves him so much. With the support of her parents, Taylor trains and works hard with her instructor to bring Tig along showing in the Jr. Hunter division.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This is a commissioned painting that I completed toward the end of 2011. This lovely family wanted to be reminded of happy times with their son on hunt days and riding through the the hills of Tennessee. Our goal was to bring them happy memories of those days spent together. According to the client...mission accomplished....in her words...." I absolutely love it..... You not only got the physical appearance but much more the spirit."