I received one of the biggest honours of my art career this year. I was commissioned to do the official sponsorship painting. The theme was The Calgary Stampede, Community Spirit, Community Involvement. Copies will be made and given to all the major sponsors.
It was are real challenge for me because I’m not really a western artist and this was the first time I have ever painted horses. I’m very pleased because I think they look like horses. It’s also quite large for a watercolour, 24 x 36.
There was an official presentation of the painting in a very exclusive saloon for the sponsors. Everything was absolutely first class and as the official artist, my wife, Susan and I were treated like royalty. Wonderful dinner and front row seats to the chuckwagon races and the Grandstand Show. A night to remember and as I mentioned a great honour.
The painting was officially unveiled and there was a lot of interest in it. I was particularly pleased because many people there were real horse people and they all OK’d my efforts.
I no idea years ago when I started painting that there would be such pleasant surprises in store.
Many thanks to the Calgary Stampede.