Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Capacity Crowd Attends Museum Opening and Inaugural Exhibit

IMG_9336F. Turner Reuter, Jr., curator and board member, and Jaquiline B. Mars, vice-chairman of the board and gala co-chairman  /  Nate Jensen photoMore than four hundred people gathered to celebrate the Museum opening at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Festivities surrounding the opening included a sporting art exhibit, a dinner-dance on the NSLM campus, a three-day coaching event, and a luncheon at beautiful Llangollen.

Stubbs Masterpiece to Be Auctioned at Christie's

Do you have a spare thirty-three million dollars sitting around? If so, you might be able to exchange that piece of change for a George Stubbs masterpiece on July 5.

stubbs_paintingChristie’s of London plans to sell “Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, With a Trainer, A Stable Lad, And A Jockey,” and that’s their estimate of the painting’s value. You’ll need a large wall upon which to hang it, though. It measures more than six feet by three feet.

According to John Stainton, senior director of British pictures at Christie’s, this is “one of the finest sporting pictures ever painted.” It last sold for 12,600 pounds in 1951 and is being sold now by the owners of the Woolvington Collection of sporting art.

Posted April 9, 2011

Equestrian Sports and Oil Paintings: A Traditional Partnership

Volrath_BundledattheRaces_FHLBundled at the Races by Linda Volrath, oilPainting is a poetic visual language. One of the most satisfying aspects of creating my paintings is using this language to translate a fleeting moment in a tangible and permanent way.

I’m endlessly inspired and fascinated by the thrilling sports of steeplechase racing and foxhunting and the beautiful countryside that encompasses them. Incredible sights, sounds, and events unfold. Jockeys and grooms, athletic horses, hounds, and wildlife all have their role to play. I see my job as an artist to be the visual storyteller. The passion I have for these equine traditions and rural way of life seems perfectly paired with my passion to paint. It is a gold mine of images for my artistic vision.

To Evoke an Emotion

Anita_Baarns_2010I was born in France, raised in Holland, and came to the United States in 1988. While visiting friends over Christmas, I met my future husband and decided to study Fine Arts. I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Virginia Community College, and summa cum laude from the University Of Maryland in Studio Fine Arts. In 1993 I moved from Washington, DC to our farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, and established my studio.

I had been painting large abstract paintings in art school, so I began painting impressionistic landscapes. One day a neighbor asked if I could copy a George Stubbs painting of Mares and Foals from a table coaster. Since horses are my second love, I gladly accepted my first commission. A second Stubbs commission followed, and I started to develop an interest in sporting art.