My painting of the Iron Spring Farm’s stallion Roemer is featured in an article in the June issue of “Connection” magazine about the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame’s art collection.
This painting, which is in the permanent collection of USDF and hangs in the entry of the Hall of Fame, is a 30″x40″ oil on canvas. It depicts Roemer in the piaffe, before a spring background based on the beautiful vistas of Iron Spring Farm in Coatesville.
Born in 1975, Roemer was a rare individual who competed at the Grand Prix level in both jumping and dressage, and he is the sire of 4 Approved sons, 1 Licensed son and literally hundreds of Preferent, Star, Keur and Studbook mares.
For this painting of Roemer, I searched through both my own photo archives and those of Iron Spring Farm. I had photographed Roemer many times during his lifetime, and I enjoyed his athleticism and lovely conformation. It takes many hours to create a painting such as this one, and I felt honored to spend that time in Roemer’s presence. Studying him so closely through the photos, I remembered the fine character that shined out of his eyes, and the joy that he showed in his work. I fell in love with him again, all these years later!
Next time you are at the Kentucky Horse Park, please visit the USDF Hall of Fame and enjoy all of the wonderful artwork on display there.