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Hollie Berry – Iroquois Steeplechase Featured Artist


2016/06/03





The featured artist for this year’s Iroquois Steeplechase was Chattanooga-based Hollie Berry, who created a special painting for the event, titled Endurance. Dwight Hall, chairman of the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the Steeplechase, said the committee selected Berry for her particular passion for equine painting and for her attention to detail in bringing the sport to life on canvas.

“I’ve been fascinated with horses ever since I can remember, and I look forward to the races each year,” Berry said. “For me, it’s all about the action of the horse, the excitement of the race and the thundering sound of hooves as the horses run past you on the green.”

She attended the Iroquois in 2014 and 2015, collecting her own photographic references for her paintings. She then created several original steeplechase themed pieces, submitted them in her application portfolio, and was selected as the featured artist for 2016. Her featured painting, Endurance, was used on marketing materials, the race day program, and race posters. Hollie then continued to create over a dozen more steeplechase inspired works, which were on display in Franklin, TN prior to the race.

Hollie Berry was born and raised in Texas, where she developed an early fascination with horses. From the time she had the motor skills to hold a pencil, she drew and painted horses almost exclusively. Later on, she seized every opportunity she could to ride, sometimes cleaning tack in exchange for lessons. As an adult, she continued pursuing her craft and graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. A few years after graduation, Berry moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she continues to paint the horses she loves.
To see more of her work, visit her website atwww.HollieBerryArt.com
 
Art information:
Title: Endurance
Artist: Hollie Berry
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 48 x 30"
Created: 2016
 
Title: Spectating 
Artist: Hollie Berry
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 48 x 30 "
Created: 2016
Available: $4000
 
Title: Neck and Neck
Artist: Hollie Berry
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 12 x 12 "
Created: 2016
Available: $700
 

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