The Hampton Classic Horse Show announced this week that Lynn Mara, a Southampton native, has had her work selected as the official poster artist for the 42nd annual show, which will take place August 27 through September 3.
Ms. Mara’s selected artwork, “Grace and Strength,” is an acrylic on canvas painted in a color pallet consisting of brown and blues to blue-greens. She created the piece from a photograph that she took at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
“I am overjoyed and grateful to the committee for liking my work and for selecting me this year,” said Ms. Mara. “It has been my lifelong dream to see my work appear one day on an edition of the Hampton Classic Poster. Now, that dream is a reality.”
“Horses have always captivated me with their beauty, grace and strength,” she added. “They are my passion. Each summer I take hundreds of photographs at the Hampton Classic looking for those special spontaneous moments between horse and rider and for those perfect compositions that will inspire me to paint the rest of the year. I sketched my subject with very fluid paint first and filled in the shapes, very unselfconsciously, with big brush loads of paint that were pleasing to my eye. Then I worked with a palette knife to develop the background surrounding the horse and rider. There are layers upon layers.