Following a wonderful and inspiring day at Cheltenham Races and a subsequent afternoon at Wincanton Race Course, I am thrilled to have completed a horse racing painting as a commission for a gift.
I have painted the amazing Dodging Bullets who has been described as a legend by trainer Paul Nichols.
Just to give a little background information, Dodging Bullets was bred by Jockey, Frankie Dettori and trained from 2011 by Paul Nichols. He hit the peak of his career by winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Chelthenham in 2015 with jockey Sam Twiston Davies.
My painting was inspired by this race with the remit being that the piece be painted in sepia tones with a splash of red and green for the jockey’s colours. In my usual way, I looked to bring movement and action to the piece and Ioved every moment! It is quite a sizeable painting, at 100cm x 60cm. My wonderful framers, House of Talbot, then took one look at the finished piece and offered an amazing frame – a metallic “horse hoof” effect type moulding. Perfect!
I’m happy to say that Dodging Bullets is now enjoying retirement with Lucy Sharp who works for Paul Nichols and I think that the very touching blog post by Harry Derham explains all:
I would like to say a huge thank you to Dianne and Derek Coles, Ryan Direct Group who made the inspiring visits to Cheltenham and Wincanton possible. I have some really lovely memories and a huge number for photos for future paintings.
Anyone who knows me will understand that I thrive on a challenge and love to capture motion and action in sporting images.
Last year I was delighted to be able to give prizes for the winners of four races by presenting paintings to each crew.
The top image is Globe Rowing Club - J164x
The second image is Josh Armstrong - Championship 1x
The third image is Henley Rowing Club Girls J164x
I believe that there are well over 200 entrants to the Regatta this year and the organisation and running of the event is truly amazing. This year, weather pending, I am hoping to do some painting on the banks of the water after setting up my base in the merchandise area!
I will be there on both the Friday and Saturday and hope to meet lots of the inspiring people taking part in the Regatta!
If you are going on either day, please do come and see me :-)