25 x 20, pastel
The American Academy of Equine Art invited only 40 artists to submit works for their Spring Invitational Exhibition, The Horse in Fine Art, 2014 and they accepted only what they considered to be "museum quality work". This pastel painting (along with one other by Len Jagoda) was accepted to that exhibition which was held at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the Spring Invitational it was accepted to two other major exhibitions satisfying jurors in New York and Tennessee. The prestigious American Artists Professional League in New York, perhaps the nation's oldest artist organization, emphasizes quality in realism. Day Dreamer met their standards and was accepted to their Portrait Theme Show where it received "High Points". It was next exhibited at the Columbus Artist's Guild Member Show held at the Illges Gallery in the Corn Center for Visual Arts, then juried into the MAG Regions Bank show in Montgomery, Alabama and next it went to the LaGrange Museum of Art. Tennessee's second largest museum, the Custom House Museum, held The Season of Equineexhibition and again, the Day Dreamer satisfied their jurors and was included it in this national exhibition. Meeting the standards of excellence for six independent juries is not only rewarding, it is testimony to quality artwork.
On the show circuit, "Daydreamer" was awarded Best of Show honors at Arts on the River, a juried regional show that had artist representation from the states of Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and of course Georgia.
About the horse: His name is Point of Impact (a.k.a. Boom - around the barn) and he is a son of Point Given (2001 Horse of the Year). Boom is over 17 hands tall and although he is very large for a Thoroughbred, he is very well balanced. He is an OTTB horse (Off Track Thoroughbred) retrained for a second career.
The original portrait is exquisitely framed behind museum type glass in a hand rubbed 4 inch wide Italian molding.