Kelly Wilkinson Coffin has been named the 2019 Official Poster Artist for the 44th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, which will be held August 25 through September 1.
Coffin’s selected artwork, “Passing Traditions Along,” is a painting of a grandfather and grandson entering the show ring together, which Ms. Coffin describes, “is rooted in the concept of the oral tradition of equestrian sport.”
“I hoped to capture the timeless quality of the equestrian tradition and that of the Hampton Classic Horse Show that has been, and continues to be, shared by multiple generations,” said Ms. Coffin. “Like riding, painting is an oral tradition, where there is innovation within the classic enduring principles and we artists, as well as riders, stand gratefully upon the shoulders of those who came before.”
A lifelong horsewoman, Ms. Coffin is an avid fox hunter, and a lover of nature and traditional outdoor sporting life. She is married to Tad Coffin, who won double gold medals in Eventing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Coffin lives and paints on their farm in Ruckersville, Virginia.