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
Juried Competitions

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

Books

Notable North American Thoroughbreds, Piper Publishing, 1994, includes color plates of ROUND TABLE and EXTERMINATOR.

"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.
Magazine Publications

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, Carmargo Hunt
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 perfection.
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 world.


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.
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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.
Artistic Highlights
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!