Monday, March 18, 2013

New Racehorse Watercolor Painting - Racing Art!

Part of the fun of painting is the opportunity to get a glimpse into other people's lives, and have a share in it, even if for a short while.  My relationship with the future owner of this painting, Doug, began several years ago when he contacted me to do the first painting of his winning horse, Sassy.  Not normally a gambling man, Doug was desperate; his daughter was ill and he faced mounting medical bills that he had no way of paying.  After much research, he took his last bit of savings and bet it all on the chestnut you see in the painting above.  She won and Doug was able to pay his daughter's medical bills.  Sassy was their hero.

A couple years later I received a surprise email from Doug again.  He shared that he had found out that Sassy was up for auction, and not the good kind either.  After a bit of a bidding war, he bought Sassy and saved her from certain death.  Now they were mutual heroes!  I love to tell this story and I love to be a part of it, even if in a small way, by commemorating Sassy and her amazing story through my art.  I hope you enjoy the painting!


Polly Birchall said...

Lovely story, lovely painting!

Carol Lundstrom said...

That is quite a amazing story.What a wonderful man to buy Sassy and give her a home. I love your painting.

RachelParker said...

Thank you Polly and Carol!

Sue Betanzos said...

H Rachel, just found your sites thru Etsy. Love your work and this story. Small world, I graduated from USC while stationed at Shaw AFB in Sumter.

With your following I am sure you will do great on the studio tour this weekend.
How I wish I could 'beam' myself from Tucson, AZ to SC and go visit Columbia for the studio tour!!

RachelParker said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Sue!

Jess said...

you are so talented!
jess x