Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Featured Artist at Picture This Gallery in Hermitage, TN

This July I'll be one of the featured artists at PICTURE THIS GALLERY in Hermitage,TN.
Here is one of the paintings that I'll be showing there so stop by and check it out if you are in the area. Thursday, July 15th will be the wine tasting and art opening at the gallery. It is located at 4674 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage...Their phone number is 615-889-5640.

The painting you see here is "Calvin's Race" and is a 12 x 24 oil on canvas. I was inspired by the last day of racing at Churchill Downs in 2009. It was a rainy race day and the mud was a flyin'. That didn't stop Calvin Borel from winning almost every race he rode that day including this one aboard "Lawless Falls". So it goes that he battled for leading jockey with eventual winner Julien Leparoux throughout the 2009 spring/summer Churchill Downs meet. Calvin came in second that day for the season with 61 wins to his rival's 62. Calvin still had his trademark smile on his face after his last race that day and happily gave his goggles to the small group of starstruck little girls waiting with their Dads for a glimpse or autograph after the race! ( He did however, lead in earnings with $3,755,513 to Leparoux's $2,559,363.) In 2010, Mr. Borel was indeed the top jockey for the Churchill Downs season....go Calvin. He continues to make history in the racing world and in my opinion, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.