An intriguing challenge was given to me in 2009 by Anthony
Manganaro, owner of newly established Siena Farm in Bourbon
County. Named after the famous town in Italy, he wanted a scene
depicting the fury and unpredictability of racing, using the
backdrop of the Palio races that are held in Siena twice a year.
The grey has slipped, unharmed, and the jockey in red and gold
(representing Siena's red and gold silks in the narrative) will push
forth around "The Final Turn" to become the victor. Racing is
nothing if not a game of sheer luck!
It was quite the honor that owners Frank and Elizabeth Clay purchased the variety of my art work to adorn their walls in
fall of 2009 for their new restaurant. Some of the pastels and oils were done to specifically highlight four of the large farms
in Bourbon County: Adena Springs Farm, Claiborne Farm, Stone Farm, and newly established Siena Farm.
"The Final Turn"- Siena Farm, Paris, Kentucky
Clay's Downtown Restaurant, Paris, Kentucky
1990 American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, KY
"Nashua" (my very first portrait accepted!)
2009 Creative Harvest Juried Art Show, Hopewell Museum, Paris, KY
"No Room for Geraniums" awarded a Merit Award (2nd place)
2011 Fall - Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA
5 pieces submitted, 5 accepted
2012 Spring - Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA
3 pices submitted, 3 accepted
2013 Fall - Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA
5 pieces submitted, 5 accepted
Notable North American Thoroughbreds, Piper Publishing, 1994, includes color plates of ROUND TABLE and
"The Gaze" This scene is famous, though absent of a defineable background to keep the focus on her, the bright
yellow saddle cloth will tell you it's the Breeders' Cup, 2009, Santa Anita Racetrack. The late afternoon California
sun is behind her at an angle, making the red undertones of her coat come out, and most importantly,
illuminating her right eye.
In order to get close enough, I chose a "vingnette" approach so the viewer could see into her eye. It makes you
wonder what she is thinking (besides getting ready to run!). Just barely I painted a suggestion of the cotton, stuffed
in both ears.
Covertside, Fall 2013 Issue
Painting: LTC Dennis Foster on Fargon with Three of his Favorite Hounds, published with an
article written about Foster's 400th hunt of his career.
Keeneland Magazine, Summer 2001 Cover: "In the Spotlight"
The Michigan Thoroughbred Sep/Oct 2001 Issue: Artist's Spotlight
Mrs. Connie Palazzolo and Valdemar,
Visually, foxhunting offers an artist a
plethora of images. Red coats, white horses,
horses of all colors and sizes, stunningly
elegant riders, and the landscape in which
the sport is set has given me a new area in
which to paint. This handsome grey and
his owner is painted on "opening day", a
special event of the hunt where the attire is
formal and their mounts are groomed to
Zenyatta. What a pleasure it
was to paint this exquisite
creature. Tall, dark, almost
gazelle like, Zenyatta is known
for her dance moves as well as
her inquisitiveness to take in
her surroundings. If you've not
seen her run, YouTube her and
you'll see why she has
captured the hearts of racing
fans across America and the
In order to get close enough, I chose a "vingnette" approach so the viewer could see into her eye. It makes you wonder
what she is thinking (besides getting ready to run!). Just barely I painted a suggestion of the cotton, stuffed in both ears.
In the Fall 2013 issue of Covertside,
this portrait of Ret. Lt. Col Dennis
Foster ex-MFH was published on page
16 in an article about his 400th hunt
with The Fort Carson Hounds.
A work in progress: A scene of the
Virginia Fox Hound Show at Morven
Park. This painting along with four
small sketches of champion hounds
will be made into a limited edition
print offered by the Virginia
Foxhound Club during their show this
upcoming May of 2015. I will be there
to sign it, so stop on by!