I was honored to be asked to paint the signature piece for the Unbridled Affair Gala once again this year. This year they were honoring an amazing horse by the name of Lady Eli. Her story is a true inspiration and added any fuel to my artistic fire that I may have needed. Her story is one that so many people can relate to. Hitting a low you are not sure you can climb out of, achieving goals with the odds stacked against you… etc. She is amazing and I hope my painting gave her the credit she deserves. I was beyond lucky to get permission from the UBER talented photographer Alex Evers, to paint his photo of Lady Eli winning the Gamely Stakes.
Watching the bidding as an artist is like baring it all for the world… you never know what the crowd will favor, and if they favor your art. This year however, the bidding couldn’t have been any more exciting. To top it all off the winning bid went to world famous trainer Chad Brown! Lady Eli’s own trainer! WOW! I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome! Glad the 90 hours into this painting paid off for not just me, but CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services (the charity)