July 2017

Kimberly Douglas, Family Risk Manager, BB&T Insurance Services

For more information on the artist, visit www.facebook.com/ZanEconomopoulos

Suzanne Economopoulos, Mares of Janow, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36”

Kimberly Douglas; Photograph by Jerry Atnip

I first saw this painting at the annual Egyptian Event and Show to celebrate the Straight Egyptian horse. It is held each June in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Horse Park. At every event there is always a silent auction with very distinguished equine art. This particular work, much inspired by 18th-century English painter George Stubbs, was done by artist Suzanne “Zan” Economopoulos.

The artist took a picture of these alabaster mares, which are sisters, at Janow National Stud in Poland. The Janow Podlaski Stud, established in 1817, is the oldest state-owned-and-operated horse stud in Poland and is also the most beautiful. All of these mares were daughters of Negatiw, a very prominent sire for all Arabian bloodstock. Fun fact: One of the mares in this picture was purchased by Shirley Watts, wife of the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. She was at the Stud at the same time Suzanne was there.

I have found that a great picture prompts the arrival of a new animal in my life. The purchase of this auction piece lead me to my grey Arabian gelding. Ironically, my grey gelding is also of Polish decent. When I look at this picture I dream.

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