Suzy Schaefer Oil on Board 2012
I love Clydesdales, even though I have no great affinity for horses. My love, of course, comes from the Budweiser Clydesdales. Growing up in the St. Louis Metro East, I can’t imagine a kid NOT loving them. Here they’re a symbol of so many things–the start of baseball season, a trip to Grant’s Farm, a brewery tour, regional representation during the Super Bowl (the only way we even have a chance of it now), strength and honor, community pride.
This is a great little oil painting by Suzy Schaefer, a contemporary California artist. I’m not sure if she has any connection with the area or the Anheuser-Busch traditions, but she certainly nails the look in this painting of a team of Clydesdales pulling the red Budweiser beer wagon. The handlers are wearing their traditional green suits and Clyde sits beside them.
There’s nice movement in this work as well. The distinctive feathering on their lower legs and fetlocks seem to blow in the draft of their trot. Their heads tilt as in concentration. Even the abstract trees in the background give a sense of a gentle breeze.
Happy Home Opener, Cardinal Nation!