This all started back in 2011 when I was turned on to the Kentucky Derby. Yes, I had heard of the derby but never watched horse racing, or had an interest in the animal. My only experience with horses was a bad one that involved a rental horse that got spooked and took off for the barn at a frightening speed.

I survived the event but never trusted horses after that. Of course it was user error and the horse was tired of my novice skills. So why not head back to the stables and give me a ride to remember?

Anyhow, after watching the derby one afternoon I decided the excitement of the race seemed appealing, artistically that is. So, I pulled up some images on Google and started painting them. A year, or so, later I was selected by Churchill Downs to furnish the official art for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. How’s that for a comeback?