The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Studio (working from photographs taken Fairmount Park-Collinsville, IL)
June 09--1am
"Thundering Down the Track"
Watercolor   15x22
Inspiration and Design: View subject
It was a wonderful day at racetrack--despite the weather.  A massive and extended cold front had just pushed across most of the country, forcing us to dig out our coats and hats again.  Fortunately, however, the racetrack carried on as usual.  Certainly, the sounds were all there:  the familiar bugle cry announcing the impending starts,  the starting gate crashing open,  the hooves meeting turf,  and the unabashed excitement in the voice of the race announcer with the call.  I was impressed with the sound, drama, and magnificence of horse racing.  It seemed a minor miracle that a man (and a small one at that) could stay atop these animals as they raced.  For this painting, I wanted to capture the thunder of hooves, the speed and strength of the horses, and the large mass of horse and humanity barreling down the track.  The source photographs were taken on a cloudy, windy, and cold day.  I, instead, painted sunny spring weather to communicate the magnificence of racing. 
William Bixby Bequest Prize (Best of Show)
2007 Saint Louis Artist Guild Exhibition: "The Race Is On"

Juror: Jerry M. Ellis, AWS-NWS
Excerpt from Jurorís Statement...
I was very impressed with the quality of work submitted, and would like to share with you some observations on a few of the award winning paintings, and why I chose them.  Kevin Haller's transparent watercolor, "Thundering Down the Track," was beautifully drawn and had not one unnecessary brush stroke.  An excellent example of knowing when to stop!  What is left 'unsaid', is often more important than what is 'said.'"  ...