SAUGERTIES, NY (February 5, 2013) — HITS, Inc. is pleased to announce Susan McCarty as its cover artist for the 2013 HITS Ocala Official Show Program. Susan McCarty is an award-winning artist of Commissioned Portraits and Fine Art in both graphite pencil and oil paint, which are her specialty. Her studio is located in Thomson, GA, a very rural and quiet town, nestled in the heart of horse country. Horses have always been McCarty’s first love, and continue to feed her passion, life vision and creative connection.
“I currently have two horses, a retired Dutch-bred and my main ride, an Irish/Hanoverian Hunter,” said McCarty. “My main love is dressage, with some jumping and fox hunting as side affairs.”
‘Bountiful Joy’, which dons the cover of the HITS Ocala Program, was created from a commissioned photograph taken by McCarty herself.
“I was photographing a horse for a commissioned portrait and he just started playing for the camera. I was having such a great time. In the end, the owner decided not to commission that image, and chose one with a more civilized portrait pose,” added McCarty. “I kept this one for myself! ‘Bountiful Joy’ is the love that I have for the spirit of the horse.”
McCarty will visit HITS Ocala and showcase her work during the last week of competition March 12-17. “I am very excited to be at HITS. I love talking to people about their horses and I feel special in that I can translate the feelings they have toward that animal into art.”
The HITS Ocala circuit is underway in Florida and boasts nine weeks of competition, welcoming riders of all levels. Aside from offering qualifying opportunities for the popular HITS Championship Weekend in Saugerties, New York, HITS Ocala will also host the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, Sunday, March 17, 2013 and is sure to attract the best horses and riders on the East Coast.
HITS, Inc. (2013). Susan McCarty’s “Bountiful Joy” Selected as 2013 Ocala Official Show Program Cover. [Press release]. Retrieved from http://hitsshows.com/press/2013/fl_programcover.htm