Since 1978, award-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly has portrayed some of the finest horses and jockeys in the country. Born and raised in Chicago, his love of the sport emerged in the Sportsman's Park's winner circle when his friend's horse named Rusty Win captured the feature race by five lengths. He was hooked.
Pauly now travels extensively throughout the world to photograph his subjects in their natural settings. It has rewarded him with priceless reference material to produce paintings from the Royal Ascot, the Hong Kong Cup, the Arc de Triomphe, the Dubai World Cup, the Velka Pardubicka Ceske Pojistovny Steeplechase in Prague and numerous Breeders' Cups, Preaknesses, Belmonts and Kentucky Derbies.
Pauly depicted the who's who in Thoroughbred racing in a portrait series commissioned by Arlington International Racecourse. In 2006, Churchill Downs selected Pauly as the 'Official Portrait Artist of the Kentucky Derby'. His oil painting of Barbaro was published as their Official Kentucky Derby Commemorative Print.
In 2010 & 2011, Churchill Downs & The Game invited Pauly to have a solo art exhibit during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Also, his artwork was featured on the hit reality show Undercover Boss which featured the COO of Churchill Downs Bill Carstenjen. Pauly was recently selected as the Official Artist of the 2011 Iroquois Steeplechase.
The Art Connection, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, honored Pauly to portray an oil painting entitled '1996 Dubai World Cup' which was auctioned in Dubai by the Phillips de Pury & Company.
His artwork has appeared on the covers of many international equine publications and is featured in Kate Chenery Tweedy's book Secretariat's Meadow - The Land, The Family, The Legend. Pauly was commissioned by the Blood-Horse to illustrate a piece for their 2002 Breeders' Cup Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to numerous racing charities and organizations. Pauly attended the prestigious American Academy of Art and has studied with equestrian artists Sam Savitt, Else Tuckerman, Larry Wheeler and portrait artist Julian Gilbert.
In 2009, he was honored as an associate member of the world renown American Academy of Equine Art. He is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Equine Art Guild. Working primarily in oils and watercolors, Pauly's portraits are known for their accuracy, their energy, their sentiment and their celebration of achievement. Website: www.horseartist.com