So, one day your are busy working away, then you get a call from Great British Racing asking could you recreate a classic english scene which is a day at the Derby!
Great British Racing is the marketing and promotional arm of British horseracing so I gladly accepted the challenge.
As we all know British Racing is the best in the world so this was truly an amazing opportunity to produce something different that would be on display in the Queens Stand for the duration of two of the biggest days in the british racing calendar.
The original Derby Day painting by William Powell Frith was created between 1856 and 1858 shows a panoramic view of the Epsom Derby. It has been described by Christie's as Frith's "undisputed masterpiece" showing an example of Victorian modern-life.
My challenge was to create a fun, modern day twist on this classic masterpiece. So using bright colours and a touch of comedy I set about to paint my own version of a Day at the Derby.
The final picture contains everything that I could think of that sums up this spectacular day at the races, buses packed with racegoers, Top hats and tails, fancy hats and a total party atmosphere! Modern elements I also added included people taking 'Selfies' and the lovely Clare Balding presenting a live boradcast to the nation.
To top it all off I was invited to see the painting on display which was my first ever visit to the course. Because of the tight deadlines the painting wasn't able to be framed behind glass so the picture you see below shows the orignial within a temporary mount protected behind a plastic covering.
It is planned to be auctioned of on behalf of the Injured Jockeys Fund so if you are interested please keep an eye out on Twitter for updates.
The two other images show the full colour of the day and me sharing a few laughs with some real heroes that I had the pleasure of meeting on what was to be a very memorable two days.
Thanks again to GBR Racing!