Here is a synopsis of my life story to the extent it relates to my dedication to thoroughbreds.
Artistic statement Look at the paintings. If you like them, great. If you do not, I understand. Horse art is not for everybody.
You can find my paintings at Crafter's Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.
I learned how to really paint with Marla Korr, my teacher. She is a fine artist who exhibits in Connecticut, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. I still take weekly lessons with her.
I began painting in 1988 in watercolors. I moved on to oils within the year and took classes at the Art Student League in NYC. I then painted oil portraits with Basil Baylin, a portrait artist also in NYC.
In 1995, my co-worker at C N A Insurance, Brad Weisberg finally closed on his first co-op apartment in Great Neck NY. He commissioned me to paint a picture of a race horse. I ended up doing three for him and never looked back.
Love of Horses
I went on a blind date in high school to the harness track at Saratoga. The date was forgettable but the horses were not. My father then began taking me to Green Mountain Race Track in Vermont as well as Saratoga during the summers before college. I loved every minute of it. We hit a $780 trifecta at Albany OTB. It was great.
I am a lousy handicapper, but that doesn't stop me from dropping hundreds of dollars every year during the races leading up to the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Saratoga season and then Breeder's Cup, as well as the great winter racing at Aqueduct. It also doesn't stop me from giving handicapping tips. If I listened to my handicapping guru, Rich Lurie, also known as "Oscar" I would be ahead, but I often go for the under-horse, the geldings, the Canadian geldings, the closers, the older horses, the "horses for the courses" and the shippers. I had Magic Weisner in the Preakness across the board, and the exacta with War Emblem, so my formula does yield benefits occasionally. However, I will be honest. When people ask me "did you win" I only give gross dollars, never net and only if in fact I did cash a ticket.