Being named the Featured Artist for the 2014 Iroquois Steeplechase is the fulfillment of a dream for portrait artist Christopher Scott Huffman. “I have always been struck by the majestic presence of horses; it is a beauty coupled with incredible strength. When I learned of the Featured Artist role, something caught fire inside of me,” said Huffman. “I had to shoot for it.”
Largely self-taught, Huffman spent much of his youth studying the methods of the great European masters. Visiting art galleries all over the country, he examined the artists’ brushstrokes trying to discern how they achieved their results. Huffman’s technique is a gradual sculptural process beginning with larger shapes and values to create proportion and continuing with smaller details and layers of color to create depth.
“Christopher Scott Huffman is an incredibly gifted artist with a unique ability to portray the personality of his subjects,” said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. “In Home Stretch he has captured the feeling of race day. You can sense the excitement of the jockeys, almost hear the roar of the crowd as they near the finish, and feel the beautiful strength of the horses—the detail is impeccable.”
Home Stretch was inspired by the finishing moments of the 2011 Iroquois race, originally captured by Steeplechase photographer and Huffman’s longtime friend Tommy Quinn. Home Stretch will be on display beginning February 6 at the Belle Meade Plantation Gift Shop and at York & Friends Fine Art Gallery in March.
See more of Christopher Scott Huffman’s work at www.tocreateart.com.
For more information about the Iroquois Steeplechase, please visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org.