Black Rose (on left), Dixie Rose (on right), each panel measures 24" x 48", both are acrylics on panel, $1499 each or adopt the two for $2700. Pleasecontact mefor detail photos as well as shipping information.
I am celebrating Kentucky Derby Week and reliving my stint as the official artist of The Kentucky Derby in 2015. As you might imagine, I had roses on the brain for quite some time afterwards. Ok, I might still have them.
One of my earliest introductions to horse racing (other than my Grandfather, who I'll talk about later this week) was Walter Farley's books. First it wasMan O' War,thenThe Black Stallion series. The school librarian actually forbid me to check my favorite books out because no other students got a chance to read them.
These paintings are titled in the same fashion as all things Black Stallion - every horse ever sired by The Black carried the monikor "Black" in their name. I took this idea and applied it to "rose" on many of my equine and floral paintings. These two paintings remain favorites, though, simply because I sit with them and am transported back into those books from my childhood.
Below is another black horse - the model for this painting is actually a Thoroughbred race horse, Quidi Vidi, whom I met when getting my pony fix at fellow painter and Derby Week companionLinda Shantz'sbarn. Linda and I both agreed Quidi looked much like The Black in our imaginations. Hence her paintings' title "Minx," a nod to a particularly firey offspring (I was concerned that naming the piece Black Minx might cause a sort of copyright/trademark concern, so I erred on the side of caution).