My painting “Golden Field: Galway Downs” is featured on the November 21-28 double issue of the Chronicle of the Horse.
Cross country courses in southern California are different than the ones on the East Coast: having been raised on photographing Radnor and Essex, Fair Hill and Groton House events, the first time I set foot on the course at Galway I had a moment of culture shock: instead of rolling green pastures, the galloping was on carefully aerated dirt tracks through tawny California wild grasses.
I’d been hiking around the Galway Downs cross country course all that day with both cameras and painting gear, setting up the easel in different places to sketch the mountain backgrounds, open foregrounds and tall trees. I’ve done a number of paintings from this day’s reference material, including “Top Of The World” and “Mirror“. “Golden Field” was from my last location sketch of the day, as the shadows were starting to slant and the light was turning amber.